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Booster Club to host Falcon 5K fundraising race in October

In front of Avon High, runners take off from the start of the most recent Falcon 5K in 2012

In front of Avon High, runners take off from the start of the most recent Falcon 5K in 2012

AVON – The Falcon 5K is returning to Avon in October.

For the third time, the Avon High Booster Club will host the Falcon 5K road race with the 3.1 mile event beginning and ending at Avon High School. All the proceeds will go to the Booster Club to help in their efforts to support Avon High athletics.

The race was previously held in 2010 and in 2012.

This year’s race will begin at 8:15 a.m. The top three runners in nine age categories will be eligible to win a trophy. Participants can get an entry into a raffle by wearing a Halloween costume.

“We’re focusing this year on the part of our mission committed to building Falcon pride,” said Susan Rietano Davey, president of Avon High Booster Club. “By inviting runners and spectators of all ages to gather on our campus, meet our athletes and run in (or cheer on the runners), the race is our way to kick off that effort.”

In just this past year, the Avon Booster Club has helped Avon student-athletes and their teams rise to the challenge of a new and more competitive conference (the Central Connecticut Conference). The Booster Club has invested over $24,000 in resources, programming and scholarships to benefit Avon athletics. Examples include:

  • Twenty-two scholarships to student/athletes totaling over $12,000
  • Covers for the co-ed crew teams’ boats
  • Batting stations for the baseball team
  • Wireless starting system for co-ed track & field
  • Golf bags for the boys’ golf team
  • Rental of lights for Spirit Week night games

T-shirts will be available to the first 250 runners who sign up before Oct. 22. Fees to participate are $20 (adult) and $15 (student, senior citizen) if you register online by Oct. 28. You can also register on race day for $25 (adults) and $20 (students, senior citizen).

Previous winners
2010: Jeff McDermott, 17:08 and Mary Lynn Currier (3), 18:44. There were 368 finishers

2012: Chris Chisholm, 16:53.3 and Becky Salerni (13), 20:22. There were 122 finishers


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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