Thousands run Petit 5K in Plainville

Stephanie Simoni, WTNH Reporter

Published: July 19, 2015, 6:22 pm

PLAINVILLE, Conn. (WTNH)–  Thousands hit the street in the heat Sunday morning running the Petit 5K in Plainville.

Thousands laced up, as thousands more watched on.

“We want to see the runners. It’s beautiful, we keep coming every year,” said Adam Kamberi, spectator

“We’re very proud of him,” said Kristen Malek, spectator.

Surrounded by her grandchildren, they watch her son and…

“We cheer him on, that’s it, very simple,” said Malek.

It’s for the 8th annual GE 5K for the Petit Family Foundation. It’s in memory of Dr. William Petit’s wife and two daughters who died in the brutal Cheshire home invasion in 2007.

He was out there today with his wife and son. Each step supports their foundation, which helps educate women in the sciences, improve the lives of those impacted by chronic illness and those impacted by violence.

And with the heat advisory today, runners were happy to see the finish line.

“Pretty hot, yeah it was pretty hot,” said Sierra Weiss, runner.

“It’s a good race, but very hot,” said another runner.

Since 2008, they’ve raised more than $1 million. And with Sunday that total will be boosted even more.