On Saturday morning, May 26, at 8:30 a.m., it will all be over. Months of planning, hours of meetings, pots of coffee will all culminate in the start of this year’s 19th annual Weston Memorial Day 5K Road Race and Walk.
No one will be happier than this year’s chairman, Karen Sitney — and not for the reasons that may immediately come to mind. Despite the hard work that goes into organizing an event of this magnitude, it is truly a labor of love for Ms. Sitney, an avid runner, wife, mother of two and a busy professional who first chaired the race two years ago.
When asked why she volunteered to do it again this year, she responded, “I love the fact that our town has a road race that draws more than 700 runners and walkers and an equal number of volunteers and spectators, and I have had great fun being involved in the organization of the race for the past three years.”
She clearly enjoys the long-standing town tradition that draws participants from all walks of life — toddlers running their first Mile Fun Run, elementary-schoolers joining their parents and friends for their first 5K, elite runners and Seniors walking and running alongside members of WHS sports teams and clubs.
As for what’s new this year, Ms. Sitney pointed to the new logo that will be showcased on this year’s T-shirt. Weston Senior Brian Lamy designed a patriotic rendering of athletes.
In addition, the name of the race was changed to The Memorial Day 5K Road Race and Walk to reflect its commitment to walkers as well as runners. Walkers will have their own start time essentially creating their own event within the overall race.
As for race day itself, Ms. Sitney is hoping for “a beautiful, sunny day (not too hot) and for 1,000 runners and walkers this year.”
To register in person, registration is at Weston High School on Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25, from 3-6, and on race day, May 26, at 7 a.m.