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Open spots still remain for Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K race

Runners cross the bridge into Collinsville.

CANTON, April 27 – There are still opening for runners to register for the fourth annual Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K road race on Sunday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m. Last year, the race sold out for the third consecutive year with 875 registrants.

The 6.2 mile race, which is hosted by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, began at the Lake Garda School in Burlington and joined the Farmington Valley River trail in Farmington, raced along the Farmington River in Burlington and concluded in Collinsville.

At the conclusion of the race, participants will be treated to some delicious chili and cornbread made fresh from Lisa’s Crown & Hammer, and a cup of Giv Coffee’s nitro cold brew coffee.

Donations of nonperishable food will be collected on race day through the HMF Can drive to benefit the Canton Food Bank, which helps to supplement the food needs of Canton residents.

Harwington’s Tyler Lyons and Unionville’s Rebecca Stephenson won the race a year ago.

The race is the first of a new three-race series called the Connecticut Triple Challenge that includes the UConn Health Half Marathon on June 2 and the Eversource Harford Marathon on October 12.

These women and friends from the greater Southington area ran in the Burlington to Collinsville Classic and each finished in the top three of their respective age group. Southington’s Kristin Lopa, far right, finished second in the women’s overall race

Course records
Men: Alex Norstrom, Coventry, 32:20, 2017
Women: Mary Lynn Currier, Burlington, 39:58, 2017

Top five times
Men: Norstrom, 32:20, 2017; 2. Tyler Lyon, Harwinton, 33:31, 2018; 3. Brett Stoeffler, Tolland, 35:58, 2017; 4. Kevin Vallez, Ellington, 36:14, 2017; 5. Ismail Orabi, Wallingford, 36:50, 2017

Women: Currier, 39:58, 2017; 2. Mary Lynn Currier, Burlington, 40:36, 2016; 3. Heather Szuba, West Hartford, 41:42, 2017; 4. Rebeeca Stephenson, Unionville, 41:43, 2018; 5. Jacci Pugliese, Southington, 41:46, 2016

Race registration and information

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. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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