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2020 Mum-A-Thon Road Race Is A Go!

Photo (c) Ron Tessman

The Veterans Strong Community Center announced the 51st Mum-A-Thon Road Race will be held this year, with COVID-19 restrictions. The 8K race will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8 am at St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Avenue, Bristol, CT. This year’s event will only have the 8K competitive race, with runners socially distanced at the starting line and staggered starts.

There will be no live pre-or post-race activities or ceremonies. Runners will come, run and leave. There will be a Facebook Live announcement later in the day to announce the winners. Prizes will be mailed / delivered to  the winners. There will be no water stations on the racecourse. There will be no Monster Mile Fun Run/Walk.

Additionally, there will be no spectators allowed this year, either at St. Paul’s or on the  racecourse. Protocols and instructions will be emailed to registered participants prior to the race.

This will be the first year for new race director Brittany Telke. “We are excited to continue  the tradition of celebrating the 51st annual Mum-A-Thon. We weren’t sure if we were going to be  able to have an in person race this year. Donna Dognin, VSCC Executive Director, Amy Wernicki, VSCC Board President) and I all worked together to plan the safest road race possible. We are  looking forward to seeing all of the runners and costumes in a few weeks.”

This is also the first  year for VSCC Board President Amy Wernicki, although she has volunteered with the race in the  past. “During a year with so much uncertainty, it is wonderful to be able to continue a Bristol  tradition,” Amy Foster Wernicki, is also former Miss Chrysanthemum (1994).

For the time being, registrations are available on the Mum-A-Thon Facebook page, the Veterans Strong Community Center website, the Races page, or in person at  Veterans Strong Community Center. The organizers are trying to get the online registration  program up and running as soon as possible.

The famous glow-in-the-dark running shirts will be  available for the 1st 100 registered participants. Registration is $30 ($35 for wheelchair  participants; covers both) and is due no later than Friday, October 16, 2020 at 5 pm. Veterans  Strong Community

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