Roller Coaster Race – Ride and Race This Labor Day

It’s hard to believe that on September 5th, Summer will be “officially” over.  I know I am trying to eek out those last few items on my Summer “To Do” list before the leaves start changing color.
Mark and I have been busy, busy this summer and with the Lehigh Marathon one week after Labor Day, this will be the first year that I will not be running the New Haven Road Race.  The distance is a bit too much considering I will be running a marathon the next week.
BUT racing on Labor Day is a tradition for me SO when I was contacted by the marketing department at Lake Compounce about their upcoming Roller Coaster Race on September 4, 2016 I was intrigued.  A 10k is just what I (and Coach James) think will be a good way to get some quality miles and dust off my “racing legs”.Lake Compounce
Specifically, participants of the Roller Coaster Race (which begins promptly at 8:30AM) have the option of running either a USATF sanctioned 5k or a 10k  course and receive:
  • A tech t-shirt
  • A ticket to Lake Compounce good on event day
  • Free parking on event day
  • A free race photo download
  • A finisher medal for each event in which the registrants participate
  • Post race refreshments, DJ, and award ceremony
Those who participate in the 5k Run/Walk will weave their way through the park, around and under some of Lake Compouce’s world-famous coasters.  Participants in the 10k race also run through Lake Compounce and also the surrounding areas.

Want to participate but don’t consider yourself a runner.  

Lake Compounce

Never fear – the Roller Coaster Race has a option for you.  Beginning at 11:00AM, thrill seeking participants can complete the “Roller Coaster Ride” by riding any combination of Lake Compounce’s world-class roller coasters to complete a total of 5K, which depending on the roller coasters you choose would be about seven rides Have your wristband stamped as you exit each ride, and we will tally your total distance when you check in at the scoring table.  

As with the 5k/10k participants, Ride participants will receive:

  • A cotton t-shirt
  • A ticket to the park good on event day
  • Free parking at the park on event day
  • A finisher medal 
  • Post race refreshments, DJ and award ceremony
Registration for these  family-friendly events 5K and 10K is open through August 30.  Click here to register.
What a great idea – come for a race and stay for the rides.  I love Lake Compounce and have spent many a childhood summer riding all the rides – from Pirate Ship to Bolder Dash, the park’s wooden roller coaster.   AND I can’t wait to try out Phobia – their newest roller coaster for 2016.
Phobia Roller Coaster
AND as a member of the Run 169 Towns Society (orDo Every Blessed Town in Connecticut) – I surprisingly don’t have Southington checked off my list of towns.  Yet another reason to sign up for this race (as I have been told the Roller Coaster Race counts for Southington AND Bristol)
So who’s with me.  I know there are a lot of races in Connecticut that weekend, some more popular than others, but I think that this might be a new running tradition for me.

If you are planning on going – let me know on social media, would love to see and meet some other runners on September 4th!

 Disclaimer:  I was contacted by the marketing department of World Strides to promote this race in exchange for an entry into the Roller Coaster Race at Lake Compounce on September 4, 2016.  All opinions (and racing times) are my own.

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