PHOTOS: The 51st Jim Fixx 5-mile Run, a Memorial Day Tradition

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Jim Fixx Road Race. Credit Asher Almonacy

This Memorial Day, hundreds of runners honored the men and women who’ve served in the U.S. military by staying active and commemorating the freedom they fought for.

The Jim Fixx 5-Mile Run began at 8:15 am in downtown Greenwich and continued through surrounding parks and roadways.

Both walkers and runners were welcomed. Most runners weren’t as concerned about breaking records as much as beating their results from last year’s race. The 5-mile road race provided a challenging variety of flats and downhill paths.

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Members of the YMCA running club. Credit: Asher Almonacy

ashersergéphotography-8607The race has been an annual event since 1965, and was rededicated in 1985 in memory of Jim Fixx, a major contributor to the sport. The race, is titled the “Jim Fixx Memorial Day Run,” to pay tribute to the late Fixx, a running guru and author of “The Complete Book of Running.”

The race was organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation and is the second leg of the 2015 Greenwich Cup Series, presented by Threads and Treads.

Additional Cup sponsors included Whole Foods of Greenwich, Greenwich Town Party and Backyard Farms. The Jim Fixx Run is also co-sponsored by the Greenwich Silver Shield Association and J.J. Cassone Bakery in Port Chester, NY and The Greenwich Old Timers’ Athletic Association.

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Selectman John Toner with Probate Judge David W. Hopper. Credit: Asher Almonacy

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Threads and Treads owner Mickey Yardis officiating over the Jim Fixx 5-mile Run. Credit: Asher Almonacy

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