FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Popular races in Ridgefield and Redding open registration this weekend and provide the perfect incentive for Fairfield County fitness enthusiasts seeking to jump-start their training programs.
In addition, a New Year’s Day race in Brookfield and next week’s opening leg of the venerable Boston Buildup running series can help runners find other like-minded souls to endure the difficult days of winter training.
Registration for the Ridgefield Triathlon begins on Jan. 1, 2017 at midnight. The race will be held on Sunday, June 4. The sprint distance triathlon, with a half-mile swim, 12.75 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run, sells out quickly. Last year, 337 endurance athletes completed the race, which is one of the first events of the season for Fairfield County's vast number of triathletes. The event also includes a duathlon with a two-mile run, 12.75 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. Click here to visit the race website.
Registration for the sixth annual Redding Road Race opens at noon on Jan. 1. The race, which will be held on Sunday, May 7, includes a half marathon and a seven-mile run. There is also a fun run for children. There were 482 finishers in the half marathon in 2016. Click here for the race website.
Runners who want to kick off the New Year can head to Brookfield for the annual Run For Sight, which is produced by the Brookfield Lions Club. The race begins at 11 a.m. at Brookfield High School. Click here for registration information.
The 39th edition of the Boston Buildup begins Sunday, Jan. 8, at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk with a 10-kilometer run. Runners can register for all four races or select individual events. The series runs progressively longer distances and concludes with a 25-kilometer event in Norwalk on Sunday, March 5. The 10k is one of the most popular races in the series and had 321 finishers last year. Click here for the event website.