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City Hall One of Many Race in the Park Teams

Saturday is like no other day during the year for the City.

The CT Race in the Park, sponsored by the CT-Breast Health Initiative, takes place every May on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in New Britain’s historic Walnut Hill Park. Each year, thousands join the Race Day events to honor survivors, remember loved ones, celebrate life and most importantly, raise vital funds for the fight again breast cancer in Connecticut.

This year City Hall will be playing a role in making that day even more special.

“My connection stems from when I was in high school. Judy Greco (a teacher and Board of Education member) took me under her wing and I formed a group called Youths Who Care,” said Mayor Erin Stewart, who is honorary chair of the race. “What we did was raise money for the race by selling pink bracelets. We raised a couple thousand dollars and it was a huge success. From then on out I was involved in their race committee.”

Stewart’s family makes a team each year in memory of her aunt – Patricia Cellecz Badolato – who died from breast cancer while the Mayor was in fifth grade.

“It’s our way of providing support to help find a cure,” said Stewart.

This year there will be a team from City Hall racing. It is called “TEAM CITY HALL” and is led by Kayla Salerno, team captain.

“The City is a proud sponsor in working with Joyce Bray and the CT Breast Health Initiative to find a cure for cancer,” said Stewart. “It is the biggest event they have every year and I couldn’t be a stronger advocate for it. I’m grateful for the work they do because all the money stays in Connecticut. They have raised over $2 million. In the research world it is not that much, but it is important because every dollar goes to Connecticut research.”

The following is race information:

Please arrive early for the shuttle bus, to find parking, to browse the Merchandise Tent and the Pink Ribbon Auction tent, to stretch your muscles and to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary and the many breast cancer survivors.

Happenings

T-shirts: The first 6,000 registered participants will receive an official 2013 RACE T-shirt.

Free Refreshments: Refreshments provided by some of our sponsors for registered participants. You will need your RACE bib to gain entrance into the Refreshment tent.

Picnic in the Park: Additional food will be available for purchase from various local food vendors beginning at 9 a.m. The following vendors/restaurants will be participating:

Ben Vinci – Fried Dough, Soda, Lemonade, Water and Capital Lunch – Hot Dogs, Chips, Water

Kids Expo: Activities for kids 12 years old and under are listed below:

• Touch-a-Truck, coordinated by the New Britain Fire Department

• Home Depot’s Build in the Park: Children will have an opportunity to build and take home a wooden project.

• Parachutes

• Relay Races

• Nerf Golf and Tennis

• Hula Hooping

• Basketball

• Bubble Blowing

• Face Painting

• and More!