Greenwich’s 50th annual Jim Fixx road race set for Memorial Day

The Department of Parks and Recreation announces pre-registration for the 15th running of the Jim Fixx Greenwich Memorial Day Road Race and the Kid’s Half-Mile Fun Run will be available on line at Threadsandtreads.com until Saturday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Runners may also register at Threads and Treads, located at 17 East Putnam Avenue, during store hours Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

Race material may also be picked up beginning on Thursday, May 22 at Threads and Treads. Registration forms are also available at the Parks and Recreation Office at Greenwich Town Hall, at the Eastern Greenwich and Bendheim Western Greenwich civic centers.

Runners may also register on Monday, May 26, from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. only at the Greenwich Senior Center for either the five-mile run or kids run.  Pre-registered runners may also pick-up race materials at this time.

The five-mile run starts at 8:15 a.m. in front of the Greenwich Senior Center.  The kids’ run starts at 9:15 a.m. on the Havemeyer Track behind Greenwich Town Hall. Children may register at the track, from 8:40 to 9 a.m., before the half-mile run.

This is a very special 50th running of what continues to be one of Connecticut’s oldest foot races. The challenging course starts down Greenwich Avenue onto Steamboat Road, taking a left onto Oneida Drive and a left onto Indian Harbor Drive.

Runners will continue on Indian Harbor Drive to Davis Avenue, bear right past the bridge in Bruce Park and turn left at Indian Field Road. Then runners head left onto Bruce Park Drive, and circle the Lawn Bowling Green returning to Bruce Park Drive.

Runners will then turn right and cross over the bridge, head right at the traffic circle, and then take a left onto Bruce Park Avenue.

The course will then turn right on Mason Street, keep right at the traffic circle, go right at Havemeyer Place, left on Locust Street, left on Davis Avenue continuing onto East Elm Street. Runners will then cross Milbank Avenue to Lexington Avenue and then to Amogerone Crossway before taking a left onto Greenwich Avenue,

Finally runners take a right on Arch Street, another right onto Bolling Place, turn onto the Havemeyer Track and bear left on the track for the finish.

Following the five-mile run, the children’s one-half mile fun run will be held on the Havemeyer Field Track.

Parents may register their children on race day at the Senior Center between 7 to 8 a.m. or at the track from 8:40 to 9 a.m. The top male and female finishers in eight-year-old and under, as well as nine-year-old and older categories will receive trophies and all participants will receive an award.

The race is organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation and is the fourth leg of the Betteridge 2014 Greenwich Cup, presented by Threads and Treads.

The American Red Cross, GEMS, Greenwich Police, the GHS Hockey Booster Club and the staff of the Greenwich Senior Center and Greenwich Department of Public Works also provide valuable assistance for this event.

The race, which has been an annual event since 1965, was rededicated in 1985 in memory of Jim Fixx, a major contributor to the sport.

Further information may be obtained by calling Threads and Treads at 203-661-0142 or the Recreation Office at 203-618-7659.  More information about the Jim Fixx Memorial Day Run s and other Greenwich Parks and Recreation programs at Greenwichct.org.

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