49th Granby Road Race runs strong

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Runners from an earlier road race making their way along a McLean Game Refuge trail. Submitted photo.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, our community will celebrate the 49th Granby Road Race 5K and 10K. This race has a unique course that runs over road and trail to make beautiful running scenery for race participants.

The Farmington Valley YMCA has hosted the race for 10 of the 49 years. The event is one of the oldest races in Connecticut and is extra special this year—it was run virtually in May and we are looking forward to hosting it in person on Sept. 19.

The race would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers from Live Every Day Physical Therapy, the Blue Blazer crew, the Granby Camera Club, CERT, and a race committee that has worked tirelessly to have another great event.

The race is going to look different this year because of the pandemic. Everyone must maintain social distance and be safe. The most important change: There will be no race day registration. Please register early, there are only a limited number of runners permitted. To register, visit ghymca.org/granbyroadrace

In 2019, this historic race generated over $16,000 with the help of MLK & R and many other local businesses. As a result, the YMCA was able to continue to support families regardless of their ability to pay. The funds allowed families to send children to camp, attend swim lessons, use the wellness center, participate in its afterschool programs, and much more. 

The YMCA has been serving the Farmington Valley for over 75 years. “Seeing our community come together with volunteers and sponsors to have an event that has direct impact on serving children and families is why working at the YMCA is so rewarding,” said Brian Liss, district executive director.