Category: 5k Road Race

May 18, 2017

This golfing trio from Avon gave up their tee time Saturday morning for the gun time that started My Best Friend’s 5k Road Race at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.  Why would they make such a sacrifice? To help those who sacrificed for us while serving in the military or as first responders. The second annual 5k event was an event to raise awareness for Veterans Base Camp, a new 501(c) 3 organization in Chaplin, CT with the goal to support wellness, education, training, and employment needs for Veterans and First Responders.

Veterans Base Camp was founded in 2013 by area businessmen and veterans, Darrell Chaloult and Bruce Maneeley. The partners collaborate with volunteers and private, government and community organizations to offer assistance to veterans who wish to gain competitive career skills and employment opportunities in fields such as agriculture, food services, renewable energy, fiber optics, IT, and other essential skills. Bi-weekly meetings are held to establish relationships among the veterans and plan opportunities, access and secure benefits necessary to achieve their wellness and economic goals.

Where was their fourth player? Golfers typically go out in foursomes….Their fourth player was Jeff Brighenti, owner of Avon Plumbing and Heating. Although Jeff didn’t run, he showed his support as a Silver Level sponsor for the second year in a row.

The Gold Sponsor for the race was Freedom Boat Clubs of Connecticut. Peter DeVilbiss, CEO of the Connecticut and New York locations included a two-hour sunset cruise as a raffle prize. A young volunteer firefighter walked away the winner. Other raffle prizes included one-month memberships to Healthtrax of Avon, Glastonbury and Enfield, three-month memberships to Anytime Fitness in Granby, gift certificates to Table570, @The Barn, and Han Asian, New Balance of Of Avon, and Grassroots Ice Cream in Granby.  

 

The first to cross the finish line was young Zachary Stoddard of Pomfret with a time of 22:32:99 followed closely by Olivia Rustic of Burlington fifteen seconds later. Most returning runners that ran last year for the first time, improved their times. The day was a cool 50 degrees and the rain held off until after the race was over – perfect running weather! For complete race results see RunSignUp.com.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church would like to thank all the sponsors and participants in supporting this event. For more information on Veterans Base Camp and their programs go to www.veteransbasecamp.org or check them out on Facebook.

March 5, 2017

To Support Veterans Base Camp

Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church of Simsbury (SHELC) will be holding its 2nd annual 5k run/walk on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and welcomes members of the community to participate.

My Best Friend’s 5k Road Race begins at 10:00 a.m. at the church located at 7 Westcott Road in Simsbury.  In addition to the 5k course there will be a 1.5 mile course for walkers, kids and strollers.

The event will also feature music, food, a Veterans Base Camp information booth and products from its online store and other surprises. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Veterans Base Camp Community Training Center, Chaplin CT.

Founded in 2013, by area businessmen and veterans, Darrell Chaloult and Bruce Maneeley, the Veterans Base Camp is a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization dedicated to providing wellness programs, educational resources, job training, tech skills and business opportunities for Veterans and first responders.  First responders include EMT personnel, combat nurses, medics, firefighters, police and their families and supporters.

 

Located on an expanse of gently rolling hills along a winding road, the camp is a welcoming combination of old homestead and summer camp. The 1921 red frame house offers an abundance of comfortable spaces for conversation and relaxing.  The main dining area is warmed by a large stone fireplace and looks out onto a view of the grounds, a fishing pond and the woods beyond. There are plans to set up hiking trails in the spring. Spacious, rustic cabins circle the rambling main house for additional residential space.

The partners collaborate with volunteers and private, government and community organizations to offer assistance to veterans who wish to gain competitive career skills and employment opportunities in fields such as agriculture, food services, renewable energy, fiber optics, IT, and other essential skills. Bi-weekly meetings are held to establish relationships among the veterans and plan opportunities, access and secure benefits necessary to achieve their wellness and economic goals. All are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings  – see calendar on their website or their Facebook page.

Veterans Base Camp is also in the process of developing a series menu of Wellness Retreats for veterans, first responders, and supporters in the form of a day or weekend event.  Activities such as yoga, hiking, massage therapy, and team building activities will be offered.

One of the most important founding principles of the Veterans Base Camp is for the veterans to be self-sufficient.  Ultimately it is veterans helping veterans; as they had one another’s back while serving, they will continue to have each other’s back in civilian life.  Their special bond of experience, loyalty and duty will persevere.

Important Dates

Sunday, April 2, Darrell and other volunteers from VBC will attend the 10 a.m. service and 11 a.m. coffee hour at Shepherd of the Hills Church to discuss Veterans Base Camp and his plans for the future.  The local community is encourage to join  – all are welcome!

Saturday, April 8, there will be a Wellness Day at the Camp in Chaplin for Veterans, First Responders and families.  To register for this event, please contact the Veterans Base Camp by phone (860) 477 1333 or email info@veteransbasecamp.org

Registration is currently open for the 5k run and 1.5-mile walk

To register, please go to RunSignUp.com.

Register by April 30 to receive a free tri-blend t-shirt.


For more information about Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (SHELC) visit www.shelc.org.

Or call (860) 658 0583

 

May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Three states, eleven towns, thirty-eight individuals.

That describes the participants in My Best Friend’s 5k Road Race and Walk on May 14, 2016 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Simsbury.Race Start  It was the first annual 5k event to support SHELC youth group activities and to promote the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), a local organization with the goal to prevent suicide in the high school, college and college entry student population.

 


Most were from local towns in Connecticut from Avon to Vernon. A few came from just over the state line from Southwick, Massachusetts and one flew all the way from Georgia (okay, full disclosure, she was the daughter of the race organizer!) For some it was their first 5k race and for others it was a way to heal from loss or to add hope for others. 5k MBF BannerPastor Chris Dion began the event with a blessing for the health of the runners and for the mission of the Jordan Porco Foundation.


Tucker, a physical trainer from Healthtrax of Avon, led the group in warms-ups before they hit the trail – the Rails to Trails in Simsbury. The trail entrance is only half a mile from the church – down Wolcott  Road and through the church’s quiet Wescott Road neighborhood.


The first to cross the finish line was James Guidice 1st Placeof Simsbury and the first female was the runner from Georgia, Meagan Riordan. 1st FemaleTwo walkers missed the mile and a quarter turn and ended up completing the entire 5k with their aunt, becoming the youngest runners at the ages of three and four years old!

So why did someone walk away with a turkey fryer?

The Holloway’s sponsor was the reason. Holloway’s Appliance Center contributed the turkey fryer as a prize and the winner was determined from a drawing from the listing of participants. Other contributors were Central Rock Gym of Glastonbury, M.E.L.T.30 of Simsbury, New Balance of Avon, Antonio’s Restaurant of Simsbury and RoadID.


Participants left with the satisfaction of a race well run and the knowledge that a local organization is working to save lives. JPF CheckThey learned that one in ten college students contemplate suicide. The foundation’s Nine out of Ten is a peer run program that teaches “Nine out of Ten students have an opportunity to help each one who is struggling. They teach about the warning signs of suicide, available resources, and action steps to take if a friend is thinking about suicide. With this knowledge, students are empowered to be gatekeepers for their peers and get them help if they’re struggling with their mental health.”


For more information on the Jordan Porco Foundation and their programs go to www.remeberingjordan.org

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church would like to thank prize contributors as well as their Gold Sponsor, Healthtrax of Avon and the Silver sponsors Avon Plumbing and Heating, Maher’s Paint and Wallpaper of Avon and Simsbury, and Poochie Pets LLC.

April 25, 2016 No comments exist

Community Contributor Audrey Dolman

Written by Kathryn O'Neil and Eva Chambers

JOIN US FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL "MY BEST FRIEND'S 5K ROAD RACE" TO SUPPORT YOUTH PROGRAMS AND RAISE AWARENESS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

April 11, 2016 - Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Church of Simsbury (SHELC) will be holding its first annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 14. The event will raise money for the SHELC Youth Program which welcomes members of the community to participate. The Race begins at 9:00 AM and starts at SHELC located at 7 Wescott Road in Simsbury.

Registration is currently open for the 5k run and 1.25-mile walk.

To register, please go to http://www.shelc.org/my-best-friends-5k-road-race/ or http://www.Runsignup.com/Race/CT/Simsbury/MyBestFriends5kRoadRace/

Register by April 30 to receive a free tri-blend t-shirt.


SHELC hopes to promote health and wellness within the community during this outreach event. A personal trainer logo_ccecb522-5722-42e1-adae-86a399eac173_largefrom Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness will lead the pre-race stretching and warm ups. The course route starts at SHELC, continues to the scenic Rails to Trails path, loops around and ends back at SHELC.


Another goal of the event is to raise awareness for suicide prevention and to remember friends who were lost too soon to suicide. SHELC will display a remembrance banner available for anyone to sign to remember a lost friend. Jordan Porco FoundationAt the conclusion of the race, SHELC will make a financial donation to the Jordan Porco Foundation, a Hartford based non-profit organization committed to preventing suicide in high school and college-aged students through awareness, education and innovative programming.


The Gold Sponsor, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness of Avon, will provide two lucky participants with a complimentary 1-month membership. Anyone who completes the 5k run or 1.25 walk will be eligible, so you don't have to win - you just have to finish!

For more information about the SHELC Youth Program and the Church visit www.shelc.org.

March 19, 2016 No comments exist

 

Saturday May 14 at 9:00 a.m.

Click here to register for the 5k road race and 1.25 mile walk! 

Sign-up before May 7 to receive a free tri-blend t-shirt!

Healthtrax is our GOLD Sponsor 

Stretch your muscles before the race with a Personal Trainer logo_ccecb522-5722-42e1-adae-86a399eac173_largefrom Healthtrax on Saturday, May 14. Whether you plan to run the 5k or walk the 1.25 mile course, stretching is important to avoid injury. Healthtrax will be on-site the day of the event to lead us in warm-ups. Two lucky finishers will win a one month membership to Healthtrax in Avon. You don't have to finish first - you just have to finish! Winners will be drawn at random.