Shine On 5K

May 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Shine On 5k was started to “shine on” the memory of Karen by paying it forward to the community she loved.  Karen grew up in Burlington and attended Lake Garda Elementary, Har-Bur Middle School and graduated from Lewis Mills.  She taught at Lake Garda for eight years after receiving her teaching degree from University of Connecticut.  The community centered event has grown each year and has supported multiple families in Region 10 schools through the proceeds raised for Karen DuCotey Fund for Kids.  In addition to the 5k run and walk, there are two kid's fun runs, a 1 mile run for kids 13 and under and a FREE ¼ mile run for kids 8 and under.  Additional entertainment includes a dj, a bounce house and face painting.  Participants and spectators can enjoy popcorn, cotton candy and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  There will be additional food for runners and walkers as well as giveaways and prizes.

This year’s race is the 5th annual, taking place on Sunday, May 17th.  This year there will be more entertainment, bigger prizes and more giveaways.  Promotions for this year’s event include a 20% off coupon good for 2016 race registration to the first 25 people that sign up for this year’s event.  The first 20 kids 8 & under that sign up for the free ¼ mile run will receive special prize packs.  The top three finishers in the 1 mile run will receive medals and gift certificates.  The overall 5k winners (both male and female) will receive cash prizes.  The first male and female finishers that are teachers receive prizes as well.

The 5k race route is USATF certified.  Registration begins at 11:30pm.  The one mile kid’s run starts at 12:40pm and the 5k run and walk begins at 1pm.  Online registration is available at http://burlingtonctparksandrec.com.  Click on May 17th on the calendar to see all event options.  Registration forms can also be found at www.shineon5k.com to be mailed as well.  Registering by May 1st will guarantee you receive a free race t-shirt.  Race proceeds will benefit the Karen DuCotey Fund for Kids administered through the Main Street Community.

The Karen DuCotey Fund for Kids is an immediate response fund supporting students attending schools in the Region 10 School District which includes Burlington and Harwinton. Grants from the The Karen DuCotey Fund for Kids are available to students within Region 10 for a wide range of needs, whether a family needs assistance with clothes or food, or opportunities for inclusion in school activities such as field trips and sports. The race proceeds will also continue to support the Karen DuCotey Memorial Scholarship as well as Burlington Parks and Recreation Department.  The memorial scholarship provides assistance to high school students in Region 10 that are pursuing a career in the field of education.  

The local community has come out by the hundreds to support this event the last four years.  Volunteers include Karen’s family and friends and employees from Region 10 schools.  Competitive runners have run the course each year, with the course record for males at 17 minutes and 8 seconds and 19 minutes and 45 seconds for females.  We also have many participants that walk the course as well.  The event has grown each year and an excellent turnout is expected again this year as people come out to honor Karen's memory and support students and families in Region 10 schools.  

This race is made possible by our generous sponsors.  The following local businesses help support this event: KC Dubliner Grille & Pub, DuCotey Brothers Lawn Service, Miller Fuel, Ink 13, Burlington Insurance Agency, LLC, True Value of Litchfield, Advanced Physical Therapy, Advanced Monograms, Torrington Savings Bank, The Bagel Chalet, Kidz Care Nurse Consultant. Several of our sponsors will also be attending our event, providing giveaways.

Additional information can also be found on our website and facebook page, at www.shineon5k.com and www.facebook.com/shineon5k. You can also follow us on Istagram, @shineon5k.  Contact us with any questions at shineon5k@gmail.com

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