47th annual road race is May 5

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Runners at the start of the 2017 road race.

The 2018 Granby Road Race, presented by Murphy, Laudati, Kiel and Rattigan, LLC Attorneys at Law, celebrates its 47th year on Saturday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m. at Granby Memorial Middle School. Eight years ago, the Granby Road Race merged with the Farmington Valley YMCA as the organization’s premier fundraising event in memory of David Schupp, Jr.

The Granby Road Race offers both 5K and 10K races that are run on a combination of road and trails. Both races start at 8:30 a.m. south of GMMS on Route 10. The 5K race route is relatively flat, spending half of the miles inside Salmon Brook Park, which makes it a great race for kids and families. The 10K race route is more challenging with about half its miles run on the trails of McLean Game Refuge. With a mix of terrain through one of Connecticut’s most beautiful towns, both races are sure to please experienced and first-time runners alike. Granby is fortunate to have one of the oldest road races in Connecticut right on its own front steps.

The money raised supports the communities in the Farmington Valley by funding the various programs and services the Farmington Valley YMCA provides an as-needed basis such as summer camp for children, learn-to-swim programs and Livestrong programs.

The first 100 registered runners in each race will receive a technical t-shirt. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place female and male overall finishers of both races and for first, second and third place female and male age group finishers of both races. Additionally, as is tradition for the Granby Road Race, a pint of Granby made maple syrup donated by Young Farms will be awarded to the first female and male Granby residents who finish each race.

Registration for the Granby Road Race is available through Active.com until Thursday May 3, at early race-bag pick up and then again on race day at the race. Early race-bag pickup will be 5-8 p.m., May 3 and 4 at the Cambridge House Brew Pub, 357 Salmon Brook St, Granby .

The Granby Road Race volunteer planning committee is seeking donations, race day volunteers and new committee members. If you are interested in donating to the race or volunteering, please contact Brian Liss by calling 860-653-5524, or via email at brian.liss@ghymca.org.