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Newtown's 4th Annual Sandy Hook 5K Steps Off Saturday

Runners from across the area are getting ready for the 5K Run for Sandy Hook on Saturday, April 2 at the Fairfield Hills Campus on Keating Farms Ave.
Runners from across the area are getting ready for the 5K Run for Sandy Hook on Saturday, April 2 at the Fairfield Hills Campus on Keating Farms Ave. Photo Credit: 5K Run for Sandy Hook website

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- All are invited to come be a part of the community celebration that has become the Sandy Hook 5K in Newtown and cheer on the runners and walkers who participate not just for the love of running, but for the love of the community and its resilience since the tragic events of Dec. 14, 2012.

The fourth annual Sandy Hook 5K will bring together 1,900 adults and 225 children on Saturday April 2, on the Fairfield Hills Campus on Keating Farms Ave. An additional 200 runners from all across the country will participate virtually.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming response of this being our 4th year,” said Race Co-Director Katie Blake. “It will be wonderful to see familiar faces, some who have been with us every year since 2013.”

This year’s race is being dedicated to all school employees, including teachers, school administrators, bus drivers, etc., who so lovingly dedicate themselves to children and their communities.

The Sandy Hook 5K is organized by a group of local volunteers who are committed to supporting the Newtown community and passionate about running. The race theme is “Love Runs Through” because love runs through everything being done to prepare for this event, and through every step taken to reach the goal of offering participants a world-class, one-of-a-kind family event filled with love.

“After hundreds of hours of planning, we are very excited for race day,” said Race Co-Director Julie Brunelle. “Seeing smiling faces and hearing laughter after so much preparation makes it all worth it.”

Once again, the Newtown Memorial Fund has offered to collect and process all donations. Proceeds from the Sandy Hook 5K will be donated to the Collaborative Recovery Fund administered by the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation which pays the out of pocket mental health expenses for those eligible who have been most impacted by the tragedy.

A percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the chosen nonprofit organizations of the 26 families who lost loved ones in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many of whom will have information tables set up on race day.

The kids race kick-off at 9 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m. For a full list of sponsors, please visit www.5krunforshf.org/race-sponsors/ . Note: Road closures will affect Mile Hill Road South and Nunnawauk Road beginning at 9:00 a.m. For a full race map, please visit www.5krunforshf.org/course-maps/ .

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