The Kent Pumpkin Run and its companion event, the Kids Fun Run is Kent’s biggest annual sporting event of the year and it is happening October 30, 2011. The spectator friendly, USATF certified course starts and finishes at the Kent Green on Rte. 7 in front of Town Hall.
This popular autumn tradition now in its 35th year is celebrating this impressive milestone by offering $400 in bonus money in addition to the $700 in prize money. The race boasts a challenging five-mile course through this charming village that was recently designated as the best town in all of New England for fall foliage viewing by Yankee Magazine.
The day begins with a Kids Fun run at 11:15 a.m. that offers two course options: 1/2 mile and 1 mile. You can download an entry form at www.kentct.com. Every runner receives a prize. Little ones that don’t want to run can enjoy face painting, live music and other fun activities!
The Kids run is followed by the five -mile run/walk at noon. Cash prizes and handcrafted mugs are awarded to the overall top three female and male finishers. The first place prize is $200, the second place prize is $100 and the third place prize is $50. As an added incentive, $200 is being offered to those that set a new course record!
To register download an entry form at www.kentct.com. Race numbers will be available for pick up on race day at the Start/ Finish area at Kent Green on Rte. 7, in front of Kent Town Hall, beginning at 10:45 a.m.
If your blistering pace will not land you a spot on the podium, you still have a chance at a prize by dressing in a costume! Awards will also be given to the most creatively clad runners in the race! Categories for best costumes include: best overall, group, family, kids and the most creative!
Have you ever felt like you were on target? In the annual Race Within The Race, you can be the target! If you are a runner who can clock a sub 8 minute / mile pace and is interested in being chased by more 500 runners while wearing a target on your back, then this is the race for you.
Participants will get a head start of two minutes on the rest of the field. Every runner that catches and passes you before the finish line receives a pumpkin! As a thank you, the “running targets” will receive a special prize at the Awards Ceremony and a complimentary entry to next year’s Race. To apply, submit an e-mail to [email protected]
The post race party offers music, refreshments (including Billy’s famous Pumpkin Soup), face painting, Halloween fun and much more. Don’t forget to pick up a raffle ticket for a chance to win the official pace car – 2000 Porsche Boxster! Raffle tickets are available at the Kent Memorial Library for $20.