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Oxford Parks and Rec Offers Memorial Day 5K Freedom Run

Fourth-annual event will be held before the Memorial Day Parade.

Looking for a fun place to run (or walk) a 5K course on Memorial Day? Oxford Parks and Recreation is hosting its fourth-annual Memorial Day 5K Freedom Run on Monday, May 28th at 8 a.m.

The race starts at the 486 Oxford Road, and goes south on Rt 67 to the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center and back to Town Hall. The course has been USATF certified. All net proceeds will go to our own members of the active and veteran military.

Walkers are also welcome to participate in a two-mile fitness walk. The cost to participate in the run or walk is $25 per person if you register in advance. If you prefer to register at the event on the day of the race, the cost will be $30.  Veterans  and active military personnel may participate for free. Wheelchairs and Baby Joggers are also welcome.

The first 500 registrants will receive a commemorative race T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Due to its overwhelming popularity, the Kids Rock Hopper Fun Run will once again be run. Children ages 5-to-12 will run from the Town Hall to and back for a total of a half-mile. 

The Rock Hopper Fun Run registration fee is $10 and the kids will receive fun gifts instead of a T-Shirt.   To register:  go to fasttracktiming.com and register online.  For more info please go to the official race website:  5kfreedomrun.com or  you may feel free to call the Oxford Parks and Recreation office at 203-888-2543, Ext 3041. Vets and Active Military personnel must call the Parks and Rec office to register.

Come one, come all! Get a little exercise and support our Veterans on Memorial Day!

After  the race, hang around for the always exciting, annual Oxford Memorial Day Parade. What a great way to spend the morning with your family as we honor those who gave so much for our freedom. 

- Submitted by Deb Gatto, Oxford Parks and Rec. Director

Fran Teodosio April 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The Freedom Run Committee has voted to donate the first $500.00 of net proceeds from this year's event to the Valley Community Foundation. The foundation will match this contribution and add a total of $1,000.00 to the fund which it oversees to restore the plaques which were stolen from the three veterans' memorials in Derby, Shelton and Ansonia.
Paul Singley April 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
That's awesome, Fran. It's a great cause. Thank you.
David Yish April 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
What a perfect way to honor our Veterans! Before anyone questions donating any of this to our surrounding towns, I would like to mention that veterans like my father have their names on plaques like those damaged in Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton (my fathers name appears on the Korean war memorial at French Park along with his brother's). Many who were fortunate to come home from surrounding Valley Towns settled in Oxford and contributed to our community. Some of our Oxford neighbors names appear on those stolen monuments throughout the Valley. Thank you to the Freedom Run Committee for this gesture and also for adding their great event to our Memorial Day.

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