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During a ceremony today at Cheshire’s Harmon Leonard Jr. Youth Center, race organizers of the Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K announced that Naugatuck Savings Bank has committed to being the event’s title sponsor for the next three years. The event will now be called the Naugatuck Savings Bank Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K. This year’s race was the largest inaugural foot race ever held in Connecticut with over 2,100 participants.
“We were very impressed with how the race committee, volunteers and town departments all worked together to make this event so successful and give back to such important local non-profit organizations,” said Charles J. Boulier, III, President of Naugatuck Savings Bank. “We are very proud to sponsor and look forward to being a larger part of this event in coming years.”
Next year’s event will be held on Sunday, April 28 at Cheshire High School. The event will again feature a half marathon, a 5K, a kids fun Run, and a Healthy & Active Living Festival with information for the active and health conscious family.
Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K founder William Costello and the race committee are excited to have Naugatuck Savings Bank’s long-term support. “We are very excited to have such a strong commitment from a local bank that is a partner in our community. Their support will allow us to make significant contributions to a number of organizations that support children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities”, stated Costello. Race proceeds will benefit a number of charities including Abilities Without Boundaries, Best Buddies CT, and Cheshire Lions Club.
The Half Marathon and 5K races are fairly flat and feature significant stretches on the Farmington Canal Trail. The Kids Fun Run will take place on the Cheshire High School track. Runners and walkers can expect great on-course entertainment and live music at the finish line.
The Cheshire Half Marathon/5K Foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages the event. The goal of the foundation is to increase the acceptance of individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities while promoting healthy living within the community. To get involved in the event or for more information on the race visit www.cheshirehalfmarathon.org or call (203) 481-5933.