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Pair of Halloween weekend road races set in Canton and Avon

The first Collinsville Trick or Trot will be held Saturday morning, October 28, on the Farmington Valley River Trail in Collinsville and Burlington.

It will be a busy weekend of running in the area on Halloween weekend. Runners will have the option of two races.

They can participate in the first Collinsville Trick or Trot 5K road race on Saturday, October 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin and end in downtown Collinsville and will be on the Farmington Valley River Trail. The 24th annual Collinsville Halloween parade will be later that night in Collinsville.

On Sunday morning, the Avon Booster Club will hold the fourth Falcon 5K that will begin at 8:15 a.m. The 3.1 mile race will begin and end at Avon High School.

Both races will be awarding special prizes to runners in costume.

The Collinsville Trick or Trot is a road race and fitness walk sponsored by Canton Dollars for Scholars to raise money to support local scholarships for students. The entry fee is $25 (including a shirt) for those who register by Sunday, Oct. 15. After that date, shirts aren’t guaranteed. Race day registration is $30.

The Falcon 5K raises money for the Avon Booster Club that supports athletics at Avon High School. T-shirts are available for the first 250 runners to sign up before October 21. Fee for students is $15 before October 27 online or $20 on race day. For adults, the fee is $20 online before October 27 or $25 on race day.

Race websites
Collinsville Trick or Trot, Saturday, October 28

Falcon 5K, Sunday, October 29

Previous winners of the Falcon 5K
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
2016: Jose Pasini, 19:43 and Salena Chapman (12), 23:20. There were 75 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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