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Over 600 Expected to Compete in Sunday’s Denali Run the Gauntlet East Rock Park!

NEW HAVEN, CT: Denali Run the Gauntlet East Rock Park takes place this Sunday in New Haven! Race organizers expect over 600 runners to conquer 15 natural and man-made obstacles, including a dumpster dip, cargo net crawl, jersey barriers, wall climbs, tire crossings and planks. The obstacles begin at College Woods and travel a 5K loop course to runs to the top of East Rock and through scenic river trails. Proceeds from the event benefit the New Haven Parks & Recreation Department's Eco Adventure Camp and the Denali Foundation.

The obstacle course 5K features a team competition! Runners are encouraged to compete with their family members, gym buddies and co-workers. Team categories include: Family, Corporate, Open and Crossfit/Gym Team. Top 3 runners on each team score. Top 3 teams in each category receive awards. All participants receive tech tees and a commemorative pint glass! Children are invited to explore the Kids Mini Gauntlet at College Woods with small obstacles including a tube crawl, hay pyramid, balance beam, tires and cargo net. Kids Mini Gauntlet requires no registration and is free of cost.

After the race, participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party at College Woods! The party features live music, Old World Pizza Truck, Allie’s Peanut Butter Protein Balls, two complimentary Thimble Island Brewing Company beers for 21+, awards ceremony & more! Award winners receive Denali gift cards!

Denali Run the Gauntlet East Rock Park is organized by JB Sports, coordinator of the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race and 99.1 PLR Shamrock & Roll. To register or learn more about Denali Run the Gauntlet East Rock Park, please visit or call (203) 481-5933. 

Denali and Trailblazer comprise a family of independent outdoor stores with locations in New Haven, Branford, Trumbull, Old Saybrook and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT and Wakefield, RI.  All stores feature clothing, footwear and gear from premier outdoor brands and their knowledgeable staff offers unparalleled customer service. Visit Trailblazer and Denali today and find everything you need for your next adventure!

Faxon Law Fairfield Road Races Move to First Weekend of June

Fairfield, CT: In an effort to have cooler race temperatures, the Faxon Law Fairfield Road Races have moved to the first weekend in June! The two-day event features a 5K and Lil’ Stags Kids Fun Run on Saturday, June 2. The signature half marathon is Sunday, June 3. The Lil’ Stags Kids Fun Run kicks off at 9AM while the 5K and half marathon start at 8AM! The scenic half marathon course, traversing the shorelines of Fairfield, Southport & Westport, has been improved to include more scenery, bands & cheer groups.

The Fairfield Road Races are thrilled to have the support of Fairfield University who are sponsoring the Lil’ Stags Kids Fun Run and the Lucas Challenge. The university generously covers the cost of Kids Fun Run entry for Fairfield children! Children run through the same finish as 5K runners and will see their time as they finish. All kids receive a race t-shirt, finishers ribbon and same great refreshments as 5K participants. The Lucas Challenge requires participants to run both the 5K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Those who take on the challenge receive a custom Lucas Challenge tech tee, Lucas Challenge medal, custom bib and a split of Henkell Sparkling Wine.

In an effort to attract Connecticut’s top local runners, event organizers have added prize money for the 5K and updated prize money for the half marathon! Elites receive complimentary entry and must meet the race’s challenge standard. To qualify, elites must run under 18:00 (W) and 15:30 (M) for the 5K and 1:20 (W) and 1:10 (M) for the half marathon.

Participants can enjoy the ease of early packet pick-up on Friday, 6/1 & Saturday, 6/2 at the Barone Campus Center at Fairfield University. The races take place at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. Both days offer beach parties following the races! All runners are invited to enjoy live music, vendors, loaves of bread, pizza, fruit, refreshments & awards ceremony. Participants are encouraged to register early! The event is limited to 4,000 entrants in the half marathon and 2,000 in the 5K. For event information or to register, visit or email

The event’s title sponsor is the Faxon Law Group and is hosted by the Fairfield Firefighters. Other sponsors include Fairfield University, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, O’Reilly Electric, Connecticut Post, Dr. Michael Nocerino DDS, Holiday Inn Trumbull -Bridgeport - Fairfield, Orange Theory Fitness and soundRUNNER, Connecticut Sports Massage Team, Generation UCAN, Select Physical Therapy, Wade’s Dairy, Seix Investment Advisors LLC, AMR, News 12, Star 99.9, 95.9 The Fox, Crystal Rock, Connecticut Tank Removal, BNY Melon, L.L. Bean, Blue Buffalo, Chabaso Bakery, Athletic Brewing Company, Aptar and Yasso.

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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