READER SUBMITTED: Sixth Annual GE 5K Road Race Benefiting The Petit Family Foundation


The sixth annual GE 5k Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation will take place on July 14 at 9 a.m. at the GE facility (41 Woodford Avenue) in Plainville , with registration from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The race starting line is located at the Route 10/East Street corner. GE is the Title Sponsor for the event.


In addition to the 5K road race, there is also a Fitness Walk for non-runners and a Kids Fun Run so the youngest members of the community can be involved. For those eight-years-old and younger, the Kids Fun Run (with a special "prize" for all participants) will be held at 8:30 a.m. The 5K and fitness walk will start promptly at 9 a.m. The Fun Run is about of a mile and the fitness walk is 1.3 miles.


Again this year, the fun will begin on July 13, the Saturday before the race, in front of GE's Plainville facility. For those who have registered by noon on the 12, pre-registration pickup will be available from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Runners and walkers can come to the race site to pick up their bibs (with B-tags for runners this year) and tee shirts on Saturday to avoid common "race day lines." Participants can also register on Saturday during the pick up hours or beginning at 7 on Sunday morning. Also this year is a pasta dinner from 5 to 8 pm on Saturday the 13 at the GE grounds. Adult tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free. The Key West Trio Band will perform live music. A variety of other fun activities will be offered including a photo booth, carnival-style games, a magician and door prizes!


Other events planned for the day of the race include food and beverages, a massage tent, an appearance by the New Britain Rock Cat's mascot "Rocky" and more. There will also be a drawing for six great raffle prizes. Tickets for the raffle are available now and can be purchased the day before during registration pickup, at the pasta dinner, or on Sunday up until the drawing time of 9 a.m. WDRC-FM's Jerry Kristafer will be present on Sunday; also appearing on Sunday will be news anchor Brad Drazen from presenting Sponsor, NBC Connecticut.


The GE Road Race is a fund raiser for the Petit Family Foundation and is made possible thanks to the generosity of many corporate sponsors, but just as importantly, it is an event intended to be one that brings people together for an exceptional weekend of community fun and positive energy to honor the memories and spirits of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela Petit. Visit the race website to register and for additional information at . The Petit Family Foundation was set up in the wake of the senseless tragedy of 2007 that took the lives of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela Petit. The Foundation's mission is to honor the kindness, activism, and idealism that were personified in these three women. The Foundation uses its funds to foster education, especially for women in the sciences; improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence against women.