Cool temperatures and dry conditions greeted runners for the 40th Annual Newtown Parks and Recreation Rooster Run 5K, won by Newtown 23-year-old Kevin Hoyt in a time of 15:35, on June 14. Nearly 350 participants meandered through the Fairfield Hills campus; the course started and finished near the Newtown Municipal Center building. Cloudy skies gave way to the sun part way through the morning, and temperatures were in the mid 60s at the start.
Muggy conditions and a sparse crowd at Blue & Gold Stadium on June 13 were indicators that football season is still a long way off. But the annual Blue & Gold Game, an intrasquad Newtown High School football scrimmage, served as a reminder that the fall kickoff will be here soon enough. The Nighthawks concluded a two-week spring workout program with a friendly battle as coaches stayed on the field to give direction. Although the final score doesn’t really matter, for what it’s worth the Blue squad prevailed 46-19.
The 22nd Annual Jack Friel Golf Scramble to benefit Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) will be drawing the association’s supporters to the links on Monday, June 16. “Newtown has two tremendous country clubs — Rock Ridge Country Club and Newtown Country Club — capable of hosting our popular event,” says tournament co-chair Mark Fries. “Both have added significantly to our event and we are pleased to support these fine clubs.” There are still a few spots available for those hoping to compete. Cost is $200 per player, or $60 for those who would like to join the event for dinner only.
Newtown High School's girls' track and field team placed eighth at the State Open at Middletown High School on June 9. The Hawks scored 19 points. Darien, with 45.75, took top honors. Jenna Calandro earned second in the pole vault event with a vault of 11-06.
The 40th annual Newtown Parks and Recreation Rooster Run 5K will start at 8 am on Saturday, June 14. The race begins and ends at the Newtown Municipal Center building in the Fairfield Hills Campus. All proceeds benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association.
The public is invited to join students of EastConn’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) magnet high school on Saturday, June 14, when they host a 5K run and quarter-mile Kids Fun Run. The event, called “Run to Remember: Sandy Hook Hi 5K,” will benefit Sandy Hook Promise. It will be presented at Owen Bell Park, located in the Dayville section of Killingly. Organized by QMC high school students as a public service project, “Run to Remember: Sandy Hook Hi 5K” participants will be invited to walk or run along the Owen Bell Park cross country course used by Killingly High School track students. The race is being directed by The First Mile, a race management company. Cost is $25 if registered in advance, or $30 the morning of the races, which will begin at 8:30.
Participants crawled or slithered through long tubes, hurdled (or slowly climbed over) bales of hay, and maintained their footing on balance beams while members of Newtown Hook & Ladder tried to hose them off. They put their agility to the test by stutter-stepping through tires, pulled themselves over a wooden barrier, then used what was left in the tank to complete a fitness exercise before getting back to the “easy stuff” — running to next station. Their shoes soaked from the water, they swish-swashed to the mud crawl event, carried rock up a steep hill, then made their way to the suspended ladders where they showed strength and body control monkey-bar style.