The Lime Rock Half Marathon and 5K in Beautiful Lakeville, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Here it comes - right upon us for June 9, 2013, so get those running shoes ready and head to beautiful, historic Lakeville and Lime Rock Park for a unique half marathon and 5K finishing on Lime Rock Park race track. This is Connecticut's newest half marathon. This inaugural event starts on the famous track straight-away and ends in pit row with the checkered flag. Here is a beautiful course at one of the east’s most scenic and historic locations.
Posted Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
This is the inaugural, so get in on the ground floor. It begins and ends on a race track, but not any track—the Lime Rock Park race course in beautiful Litchfield County. Salisbury is the northwestern most town in Connecticut, very close to the New York and Massachusetts borders in a very lovely region of the south Berkshires. The half marathon has an accompanying 5K (which is entire on the track) and all the amenities. It is also the first, and one of the EIGHT events (most new) that make up the New England Half Marathon Tour 2013. There is a lot of bus about running all eight of these events for outstanding perks—and bragging rights. But you can’t run them all unless you run the first—Lime Rock Half Marathon.
It is easy to get to via (east-west) US Route 44 and (North-south) on State Route 41 or via Route 112 to US 7. Lakeville Historic Distract, CT 06039.
Half marathoners will receive custom tech shirts and finisher medals and 5K runners get unique cotton T-shirts. Overall winners and age group winners will receive pint glasses, and all half marathon finishers will receive an attractive custom medal, a nice touch to remember this inaugural event. Please visit the race website for details: http://www.limerockparkhm.com/
Last Mile Racing will be using the MyLaps Bib-Tag system (timing chip built into the race bib) so you know the results will be both accurate and immediate. A well supported course with 6 aid stations for the half promises fast times and runners will be rewarded with fresh fruit and pastries at the post race celebration. It is presented by 3C Race Productions of Merrimack, New Hampshire.
It benefits various local charities, and provides additional funds in support of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Cross Country and Track teams. So know that part of your registration fee will go to strengthen the running community and to worthwhile charitable causes. But the big draw here is the unique area and race course.
This course is moderately challenging; even the race course has up and down rolls. The 5K is simply two loops of the track. Of course this is a road track now used for the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am. “Lime Rock is unique and cannot be compared to any other track, arena or sporting venue.” It is indeed a park in every sense of the word.
The Half Marathon will start at 9:00 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9:30. The races begin on the main straight away of the track and ends at the scoring/timing tower where runners will register their MyLaps Bib-Tag chip time as well as receive the checkered flag as so many legendary race drivers have done over the years. The half marathon course traverses rural roads along the foothills of Litchfield County with a basic out-and-back course to the southwest. It starts with a lap of the 1.5-mile track and ends with a lap as well. The course has a beautiful backdrop with rolling hills and quintessential New England farms and villages, including portions of Lakeville, of course. http://www.limerockparkhm.com/
3C Race Productions
This company produces many races, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and the Moose on the Loose 10-mile trail run and the New England Half Marathon Tour 2013 as outlined below. This is a full service and very professional organization that manages and produces events all over New England and sometimes beyond—over 125 events per year, including road races, trail races, triathlons, biathlons and snow shoe competitions. Founded in 2002, this company has helped provide funds and donations for many non-profits totaling about 1.5 million dollars for a variety of charities thus far.
Please visit their website for information on the race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
New England Half Marathon Tour 2013
New this year is the already popular New England Half Marathon Tour 2013, which includes eight excellent events held in six states. Each has both a half marathon and a 5K so that all attendees have an event to their liking. Races for this year begin with the Lime Rock Half Marathon in Lakeville, Connecticut (June 9, 2013), followed by Killington (June 16) and Black Bear Half Marathon on August 25 in Waterville Valley, NH. The other five include Twin Reservoirs (MA, 7/21/13), Freeport (ME, 9/8/13), Fall River (MA, 10/20/13), Colt State Park (RI, 11/10/13), and Wolf Hollow (NH, 11/24/13),
Several new half marathons are planned for next year to expand the circuit for 2014, including Narragansett (RI), Old Orchard Beach (ME), Speedway (NH), Boothbay Harbor, (ME), Moose on the Loose (NH), and Saratoga Springs (NY). This series has the attention of the 50 States Half Marathon Club. Awards for the series include Medals, pint glasses, tech shirts and really cool jackets. Check it out at: www.nehalfmarathontour.com
Be a Part of Something New, a Half Marathon to Remember
Salisbury, Connecticut is a unique place for many reasons, and there will be lots to see with a scenic tour on the way to and from—check out the cool restaurants and unique places for lodging. http://www.limerockparkhm.com/
It is set in the midst of a gorgeous region that includes rolling hills and hosts a portion of the Appalachian Trail. The area hosts the Eastern Ski Jumping Championships every winter, and has more historic structures and locations than we can recount here. that has It is famous for the excellent ski jumping, but in early June Litchfield County is absolutely stunning. Salisbury is the town within Litchfield County, and Lakeville (on Lake Wononskopomuc) is a village within the town of Salisbury. And lastly, Lime Rock is a hamlet within Lakeville.
Lakeville was once called Furnace Village because of the very early iron industry which thrived there until World War I. Ethan Allen, usually associated with Vermont, had a thriving iron furnace there before the Revolution. A more recent and current resident is Meryl Streep, the Academy Award-winning actress.
Come and enjoy the fun at a very different and enjoyable event. The awards, the amenities and post race festivities with fruit and pastries will be a lot of fun, headed by race director Michael Amarello. For additional information you can contact Michael at 603-429-8879 or by e-mail at michael@3Craceproductions.com.
Registration is very reasonable but don’t delay, you can save money over race day registration and you will want to get one of those custom shirts.