Residents make a run for it to help ‘save the children’

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), second from left, with Save the Children Mini-Marathon organizers, from left, Luz Agrest, Bill Bogardus and Marilyn Roos.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), second from left, with Save the Children Mini-Marathon organizers, from left, Luz Agrest, Bill Bogardus and Marilyn Roos.

Some people may run from children but Greenwich residents recently ran for them in the fifth annual Save the Children Mini-Marathon, hosted by Save the Children’s Greenwich Leadership Council and the Greenwich Track Club.

With help from corporate and family sponsors, the event featured children, teens and adults covering 2.62 miles at Tod’s Point to raise funds for Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program.

Event co-chairs Marilyn Roos and Luz Agrest of the Greenwich Leadership Council began the Mini-Marathon in 2009 to involve the Greenwich community with an organization they cared about.

“It was a time when races were becoming more popular and people were interested in racing for causes, and we felt Save the Children was a very good cause,” Ms. Roos said.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumethal (D-Conn.), a town resident and himself a supporter of Save the Children for more than 25 years, opened the event by presenting a proclamation from Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei that declared May 19 Save the Children’s Day.

Every mini-marathon participant received a T-shirt, a medal and a goody bag, and the top finishers in the elementary, middle/high school, and adult categories all received trophies.

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