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ace 4-CT Virtual 5K supporting Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection Announced
May 8, 2020 — The Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection (4-CT) and JB Sports are teaming up to host a virtual 5K to help those most impacted by the pandemic during this critical time. The Race 4-CT Virtual 5K runs from May 25 through May 31. Event proceeds help 4-CT deploy resources to organizations in Connecticut that support a range of critical needs and functions, including but not limited to: food insecurity, basic supplies, housing and shelter; health care services, utility and financial assistance, support for children and other vulnerable populations, and childhood education. In the last eight weeks, 4-CT has given over $8,000,000 to help those in need in Connecticut during the pandemic.
Race 4-CT is a virtual event perfectly suited for a time when people are encouraged to avoid crowded public settings. Participants can register and run or walk at any time between May 25 and 31 at a location of their choosing. Participants complete their run or walk and send in their results and the event coordinator will compile a results database.
Participants of Race 4-CT may register online and run at any point between May 25 and 31. JB Sports and 4-CT ask participants to follow current health recommendations and avoid running or walking closer than six feet from anyone during their virtual run or walk.
“4-CT is a never-before-seen coordinated effort to link philanthropists, donors, and community foundations to the needs of our residents, as we all work together to get through this COVID-19 pandemic.” states Governor, Ned Lamont, “We will get through this together, and 4-CT will act as a vital tool to help provide much needed outside investment to keep our programs and services stable during this tenuous time.”
Race 4-CT is organized by Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection and JB Sports. JB Sports, one of the top event management companies in Connecticut, also coordinates the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race and PLR Shamrock & Roll 5K. To learn more about Race 4-CT, visit www.jbsports.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We know our community is looking for ways to give back to those in need and stay healthy during the stay-at-home orders,” said John Bysiewicz, of JB Sports, “We hope this virtual 5K will provide an opportunity to do both those things.”
Race 4-CT is presented by Town Fair Tire. Other event sponsors are SphereGen, 99.1PLR, Star 99.9, WEBE 108, WICC 600, 95.9 The FOX and 94.3 WYBC.
About Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection:
With the unprecedented challenges our state and its residents currently face, the Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection (4-CT) was launched as a non-profit that unites donors with state-wide programs that will help make an immediate impact. 4-CT is working together with the Community Foundations of the State of Connecticut to get funds into the hands of those who need help the most: childcare for first responders, food banks, and more; those already in need before this crisis began. 40% of Americans cannot come up with $400 in a crisis. COVID-19 IS THAT CRISIS. 4-CT is an independent non-profit entity, staffed mostly by volunteers, that enables actionable, fundable projects in order to give the community a powerful new way to help support our state’s COVID-19 response.
Platt Systems New Certified Virtual Courses
Platt Systems has certified several courses in the state which can be used for virtual runs.
*********** Virtual Race Series 2020 *************
Plattsys Virtual #1 5K (April 4)
Suggest running Plattsys Bolton Rails to Trails 5K or Plattsys Vernon Rails to Trails Firecracker 5K
Plattsys Virtual #2 5K (April 10 - April 12)
We Suggest running Plattsys Andover Bridge 5K
Plattsys Virtual #3 5 Mile (April 17 - April 19)
We Suggest running Plattsys Madison Surf Club 5 Mile or Plattsys Trumbull Rails to Trails 5 Mile
Plattsys Virtual #4 Qtr. Marathon (April 24 - April 26)
We Suggest running Plattsys Purple Heart Qtr. Marathon in South Windsor
Plattsys Virtual #5 - 5K (May 1 to May 3)
Suggest running Plattsys Bolton Rails to Trails 5K or Plattsys Vernon Rails to Trails Firecracker 5K
Participants can complete the race wherever they like, even a treadmill over a 3 day period from Friday to Sunday....
Participants get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.
Then submit your results to www.plattsys.com
SUBMIT RESULTS VIA www.plattsys.com/a_virtual.php
Plattsys will compile the results and post online.
Courses measured and certified by Platt Systems for time trials or virtual racing.
Locations include: Bolton, Andover, Vernon, Newtown, South Windsor, Trumbull, West Hartford, and Madison.
Our Newtown 5K Course: www.plattsys.com/appln/newtownhookladder5kmap.pdf
Our Andover 5K course: www.plattsys.com/appln/andoverbenfranklin.pdf
Vernon 5K Course: www.plattsys.com/appln/plattsysvernon.pdf
Madison 5 Mile course: www.plattsys.com/appln/plattsysmadisonsurf.pdf
S Windsor Qtr. Marathon: www.plattsys.com/appln/jfppurpleqtr.pdf
Bolton 5K: www.plattsys.com/appln/plattsysbolton.pdf
Trumbull 5 Mile: www.plattsys.com/appln/plattsystrumbull5m.pdf
West Hartford 5K: www.plattsys.com/appln/solstice5k.pdf
The Plattsys Trumbull Rails to Trails 5 Mile course on the Pequonnock River Trail in Trumbull, CT has been measured. (www.plattsys.com)
The course starts at the Tait Rd Gate off of Church Hill Rd near Trumbull Center.
Follow the trail North to the turn around before the gate at Whitney Ave.
Each 1/2 Mile segment is marked.
The elevation at the Start is 143 Ft.
The elevation at the turn around is 263 ft.
Course map -- >> www.plattsys.com/appln/plattsystrumbull5m.pdf
Register Now for Connecticut Food Bank Race Against Hunger Virtual 5k
WALLINGFORD, CONN., March 31, 2020 — Connecticut Food Bank and JB Sports are teaming up to host a virtual 5K to help feed Connecticut residents struggling with hunger during this critical time. The Race Against Hunger Virtual 5K will run from April 13 through April 19 and is presented by Stop & Shop. Event proceeds will help Connecticut Food Bank as it faces increased operational costs to source, transport, and distribute food. In recent weeks, demand for food across Connecticut Food Bank’s network of 600 partners and programs has grown due to job losses and to increased need to have food on hand to sustain households that may need to shelter in place for extended periods.
Race Against Hunger is a virtual event perfectly suited for a time when people are encouraged to avoid crowded public settings. Participants can register and run or walk at any time between April 13 and April 19 at a location of their choosing. Participants complete their run or walk and send in their results and the event coordinator will compile a results database.
Participants of Race Against Hunger may register any time before April 19 and run at any point between April 13 and April 19. JB Sports and Connecticut Food Bank ask participants to follow current health recommendations and avoid running or walking closer than six feet from anyone during their virtual run or walk.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented economic challenges for our communities,” said Beverly Catchpole, Senior Director of Development for Connecticut Food Bank. “We invite people to join our virtual 5K and help us continue to meet the growing need among our neighbors.”
Race Against Hunger is organized by Connecticut Food Bank and JB Sports. JB Sports, one of the top event management companies in Connecticut, also coordinates the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race and PLR Shamrock & Roll 5K. To learn more about Race Against Hunger, visit www.jbsports.com or email email@example.com.
“As we try to navigate through the challenges that coronavirus has brought to our lives, it is more important now than ever that we work together to help our neighbors whose lives have been impacted,” said Rudy DiPietro, Senior Vice President of Sales & Operations at Stop & Shop. “We are proud to be teaming up with Connecticut Food Bank in the Race Against Hunger to ensure all of our neighbors have access to food and nourishment.”
Race Against Hunger is presented by Stop & Shop, with additional support from Webster Bank, Prudential, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, ConnectiCare, IRIS, 99.1PLR, Star 99.9, WEBE 108, WICC 600, 95.9 The FOX and 94.3 WYBC.
About Connecticut Food Bank:
Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger, and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors, and volunteers to distribute nutritious food to people in need. The Connecticut Food Bank distributes food through a network of 600 partners and programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties – where nearly 270,000 people struggle with hunger. Last year, Connecticut Food Bank distributed food to help provide 22.5 million meals. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebookand follow @CTFoodBank on Twitterand Instagram
About Stop & Shop
A neighborhood grocer for more than 100 years, today's Stop & Shop is refreshed, reenergized and inspired, delivering new conveniences for customers. Committed to helping its communities enjoy better food and better lives, Stop & Shop has a longstanding history of giving back to the neighborhoods it serves with a focus on fighting hunger and helping children to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is an Ahold Delhaize USA Company and employs nearly 60,000 associates and operates over 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com
“One of the most comprehensive and trusted resources for marathoners.”
“The third edition of Advanced Marathoning offers the latest information for optimizing performance. If you are preparing for a marathon, this is the book for you!”
—Meb Keflezighi, Olympic Silver Medalist and Boston and New York City Marathon Champion
About the book
With easy-to-understand day-by-day training schedules for 18- and 12-week preparation—for weekly distances of 55, 55 to 70, 70 to 85, and 85-plus miles—Advanced Marathoning is simply the most comprehensive and efficient approach to competitive marathoning. It shows you how to complement your running workouts with strength, core, and flexibility exercises; implement cutting-edge nutrition and hydration strategies and recovery techniques; and taper properly to reach peak performance. A new chapter for older runners emphasizes training, nutrition, recovery, and supplementary training. The addition of a race-prediction chart helps you tailor your training to your race goals.
About the authors
Pete Pfitzinger was the top American finisher in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic marathons. With a personal best of 2:11:43, he is a two-time winner of the San Francisco Marathon and placed third in the 1987 New York City Marathon. He was ranked the top American marathoner in 1984 by Track & Field News, and he is a member of the Road Runners Club of America’s Hall of Fame. Pfitzinger has over 30 years of experience coaching marathon runners to achieve their goals. He is also the coauthor of Faster Road Racing.
Scott Douglas is a contributing writer for Runner’s World and the author or coauthor of several other books, including Meb for Mortals and Running Is My Therapy. Douglas lives in South Portland, Maine.
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.
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, Runabees.com
RUNNING TOWARDS A BETTER YOU
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.
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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