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Amber Room Run from the Sun 5K Expects Over 400 Participants!

 Danbury, CT – The 9th annual Amber Room Run from the Sun 5K, hosted by The Amber Room Colonnade, takes place Thursday, August 17. Over 400 runners and walkers are expected to participate in this year’s event! Amber Room Run from the Sun again benefits Ann’s Place. The 5K course runs from The Amber Room Colonnade to Candlewood Lake and back. The course passes scenic water views, stately homes and old lake communities. The first 400 entrants receive tech tees. After the race, all participants are invited to a cookout featuring an outdoor barbeque, beer for 21+, DJ and entertainment and more.

Doug Polistena, Amber Room General Manager, states, “We are honored and proud to be working together with community businesses once again for our 9th annual 5K race and look forward to seeing everyone participate in support of Ann’s Place.” Ann’s Place provides compassionate care to people whose lives have been touched by cancer. All support, educational and wellness programs are offered free of cost. 

Support local cancer patients and their loved ones by collecting at least $100 to receive free race entry.  All registered participants will receive free raffle tickets for a chance to win a variety of great prizes.  Create your personal fundraising page, join or create a fundraising team, or sponsor a participant at You can also visit to learn more about Ann’s Place. Email with fundraising questions.

Major sponsors of the event include The Amber Room Colonnade, Rose & Kiernan Insurance, Infinity Print, Mail & Marketing, KICKS 105.5, Putnam Automotive, Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors, Putnam Self Storage, Pennysaver, Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute, Westchester Modular, Mulvaney Mechanical, Inc., Rose’s Superior Cleaning Service LLC and The Bouffard Family. To learn more or register for the Amber Room Run from the Sun, visit

Faxon Law New Haven Road Race Celebrates 40 Years! 

New Haven, CT: The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is excited to celebrate its 40th anniversary this Labor Day! The event takes place Monday, September 4 on the New Haven Green. To celebrate 40 years, the race is offering several new amenities including athlete names on race bibs and custom race posters designed by Garry Trudeau for all athletes. The races consist of a half marathon, relay, 5K, Town Fair Tire Kids Fun Run, and the signature 20K.

This year, the race is bringing back an updated version of its classic race logo.  Yale graduate and well-known cartoonist of the Doonesbury Comic Strip, Garry Trudeau, designed the inaugural race shirt in 1978 and has done a few updated anniversary logos over the years.  The 2017 race logo will be featured on a commemorative race poster to be distributed to the first 5,000 race entrants. The first 200 who make a donation of $75 or more to the Children’s Tumor Foundation receive an autographed copy of the poster! The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to driving research, expanding knowledge and advancing care for millions worldwide who live with neurofibromatosis. To learn more about CTF or how to receive your autographed poster, email

The Faxon Law New Haven 20K again hosts the USATF 20K National Championship. The race expects to feature a number of past champions and U.S. Olympians. This year marks the 26th year a national championship event has been held in New Haven, making the race the longest consecutive USATF Championship race ever.

Another anniversary perk, all runners registered by August 1st receive a customized race bib that will have their name on it.

The event is organized by JB Sports and a team of local volunteers who make up our Board of Directors.  New Haven Road Race President, John Courtmanche states “We’ve been fortunate to continually grow and improve throughout our history. We are proud of the longevity of race and the tradition it has become for our runners. The event’s success over the past 40 years is a reflection of the support we receive from the City of New Haven, our sponsors and the local running community.”

The New Haven Road Race would not be possible without the support of Faxon Law Group, title sponsor since 2007.  Joel Faxon, founding partner at Faxon Law Group, states, “We are honored to partner once again with this great event in the City of New Haven. The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is something our firm and the surrounding community are extremely proud to host each year. We are especially thrilled to support an event that donates thousands of dollars each year to local charities, and uses the same platform and mission as our firm’s Community Builder—to empower, enrich, enlighten and engage each member of our community, bringing groups together for the greater good. It’s a legacy that we treasure on behalf of both our staff and our clients.”

Other major sponsors include Trailblazer, Town Fair Tire, McDermott Lexus, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Center for Orthopaedics, TYCO Print & Promo and the City of New Haven. To learn more about the event or to register, visit Early registration is encouraged; event is limited to 7,000 entrants!

Team Connecticut Children in the Eversource Hartford Marathon

Team Connecticut Children’s is proud to be the largest, official charity team participating in the Eversource Hartford Marathon. Over the past 12 years, team members have raised over $300,000 and more than $60,000 in 2016 alone! With your help we’ll keep growing, running, and fundraising for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Organize and motivate your colleagues from your department and create a team.

Team Connecticut Children’s welcomes runners and walkers at any level, from the recreational runner to the experienced marathoner. Marathon events include the marathon, half marathon, 5K, relay and HMF Fit Kids. Registration closes Friday, September 8, 2017.

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How to train for a race and still have a life?
Often runners feel overwhelmed when they are training for a race, and their dedication and schedule can have a negative impact on their daily lives, their family, work or school. There are ways to find the perfect balance between preparing properly for a race, and at the same time lead a normal life and perform your other daily chores, attend events, travel and others.
Here are some tips on finding that balance and not impacting your normal life when you are training for your next race:

Set your priorities. Make a plan before you start training for a race, and determine what kinds of sacrifices you are willing to make, and which activities and people you cannot afford to miss out on because of your training program. So, it is important to do so, in order to prevent future conflicts and problems due to a conflict in your daily and training schedules.

Woman Training

Develop a schedule. You should sit down and write all the activities you typically do on every work day and weekend. If there are time slots which you are spending on social media or watching TV, maybe these are the times to allot your running and training hours to. Once you have a ready schedule, just make sure you stick to it. Becoming a runner takes time, patience and motivation. You can’t just jump and run a marathon. Be patient and stick to your plan.
Follow your schedule consistently. Even if an unexpected event occurs and you are not able to run or work out for as long as you have planned, make sure you still fit some running or exercising in that day. Even a short 20 minute workout is better than doing nothing. Make sure when you are preparing your training schedule, that you plan your bigger workouts and longer runs for the weekend or your other free days
Be creative. You can extend your daily training hours by cycling to work or school instead of driving. You can spend time with your family and still train by going swimming together, or play soccer or basketball with your children. The more active you are, the better prepared you will be for the race.

Make sure your spouse or significant other supports you. Many times, the time invested in training and running can take a toll on a relationship if there is no mutual understanding between the two of you. It is important to get the support necessary from your loved one, so that your training program doesn’t affect your relationship in a negative way.


Quality rather than quantity. Make sure your training schedule is focused on higher quality running and training sessions, rather than on the quantity. Increase the quality of your running and training as you go, and this will help you prepare better for the race rather than spending long hours of low paced running or moderate exercising. Focus on speed intervals, resistance training and threshold workouts, and your performance will be better when you get to that start line.
By balancing your training and your normal life activities, you will be able to keep the harmony in your family, stay efficient at work or school, and relieve the stress from the hard work you are putting in during your running and workout sessions.
Written by R.Brown,


The principals are all the same when it comes to mind and body. Equilibrium, tranquility and comfort being keywords. I know I’ve had my fair share of living without realising I was not taking good care of myself. I would take care of me eating healthier. Or I would take care of me being even more active in running. Or I would take care of me not doing anything at all (and convincing myself that my brain was benefiting with a “pause” - instead, my mind would run wild and I didn’t get any tranquility out of that).

It seems it’s easy these days to say — “Yes, I take good care of myself” while focusing on ONE good thing you do for yourself — either concerning your diet, exercise or being lazy for a bit.

And while all of those examples are certainly true and you are doing your best to accommodate your needs the best you can, it is very rare that you gather all the areas that need a bit of TLC - instead we focus on one particular lifestyle choice believing that somehow our WHOLE life will be better. I’m sorry to break it to you but that won’t work.

As a runner, I was always one that would go for it if I was feeling down — certainly better than doing nothing about it but that simply isn’t enough. You have to create a plan that will meet all kinds of personal needs — mental and physical.

You also have to pay attention to your body and feelings — sometimes you’ll need to nurture your inner self, other times you will be slacking and your body will resent it.

It’s not a steady ride, not as simple as the running steps. It is full of different focuses in the course of a week, a month or year.
If you have a steady routine of running, I’d tell you to never break it. But just as I was explaining, maybe you will have to break it one day or two (if you’re not preparing for a race). Don’t ever feel guilty for breaking your running routine if your body is telling you something is wrong or if you run and find yourself miserable. Most of the times, running will actually make you feel a lot better - inside and out — but you have to take into account all the other aspects of your daily routine.

If you find that you’re not having enough sleep hours or simply a pause of 30 minutes for reading or other leisure activities, maybe you should cut down the time you run so you can do those things. As soon as you feel the tranquility and equilibrium back, get back to the full schedule of running.

If your mind isn’t in the right place, nothing will seem to “work” in your life — perspectives get dark and what made you happier before isn’t doing anything for you now. Well, have you thought about rescheduling your daily plans?

There are a lot of options for doing things differently - if your body is telling you something is wrong, find some time to pamper yourself. Indulge a bit and try to find what it is that is making you feel “off”. If your diet is lacking in any sort of nutritional values, try to find if you’re actually doing it wrong - maybe you should recalculate what YOUR body needs and change things up a bit.
If you don’t feel like running outside just use a treadmill. There is no excuse for “bad weather” or “it’s really not a nice place to go for a run”. Investing in something that will help you accomplish everything you want from running is never a bad decision. You have to have some self-discipline of course but at least you won’t be eaten up by the guilt of not running that day.

I believe that all of us have the same guiding principles when it comes to our minds and bodies but these have to be adjusted according to each person.
Some people like to run alone, some people just have to have a running buddy. We’re all different but the goals are the same.

Just pay attention and find out what really works for you when not competing — never underestimate any pains or restraining thoughts. Don’t push yourself to run harder because previously you’ve slacked a bit due to not feeling well — find out what is creating that feeling and then adjust to it.

I once had a rotular problem that I discarded for months and months. I was running more than ever because I thought I could beat the pain away and exercise would only be the right thing to continue doing. After half a year running on a damaged knee, I had to stop completely (even walking was a big no-no) for almost a year. Why? I didn’t pay attention. I didn’t adjust a new system to new needs.

Refrain from having to go through bad times by simply planning and giving the best you got to the person you should know the best — yourself. That is the best and honest advice I will ever give and it certainly changed my life for the better.


Author’s Bio:

Jane Grates is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and manages Nicershoes when she is not busy. Aside from preparing for a race, Jane loves to travel to popular running destinations all over the world.




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