Hundreds turned out for a 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run at Tod’s Point on Sunday despite the rain. Yes, the runners were undaunted by relentless showers and gusty winds, splashing through the puddles in the last of the 2023 race series organized by the Greenwich Road Runners.
The event was sponsored by the Greenwich YMCA, who will use the proceeds for their health, fitness and education programs.
While the Father’s Day event in June and summer run in August were memorable for Long Island Sound’s merciful sea breezes and sparkling waters, Sunday’s event was in part memorable for the blustery winds and white caps.
Adjectives and superlatives were exchanged as runners and spectators sized up the challenging conditions.
Intrepid. Unfazed. Committed. Inspired. Good humored.
Both competitive runners and fun-run families were unfazed by the weather at the Greenwich Road Runners event held in collaboration with the YMCA Greenwich. Dec 3, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager
Many of the runners dressed in their best ugly holiday sweaters and Santa hats. Some even ran with their dogs, since December is the beginning of the dog season in the park (runs through March 31).
In addition to organizing the fun runs and races, Greenwich Road Runners have worked with Greenwich Police Traffic Technician Roger Drenth to offer a session focusing on staying safe while running after dark.
The Greenwich Road Runners was founded in 2015 and is open to individuals over the age of 16 who want to engage with the town’s running community. The group began as an informal club at the YMCA before growing into a nonprofit and becoming an official chapter of the Road Runners Club of America. Runners of all levels enjoy the camaraderie of running together. The group has scheduled meet ups, but also take advantage of apps to coordinate ad hoc runs.