Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Start Time: 9:00 AM
4 Mile Road Race
Celebrate the sport of running and its heroes! Run with Julia Chase-Brand, Donn Cabral, Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot, and other champions in the Legends Run.
Julia Chase-Brand, pioneer of women’s distance running, is coming to Legends. This photo is the from the Manchester Road Race in 1961. Johnny Kelley won (left) and Julia Chase ran as the first female to try to break the “men only” race. Read the inspiring story here: http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/heroes-running-julia-chase-brand
Donn Cabral is an American cross country and track and field athlete from Connecticut who went on to become a running star star at Princeton University. As a long distance runner he has been most successful in the steeplechase, but has also been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American at cross country and the 5000 metres as well as the Ivy League champion at the 3000 metres.He is the current American collegiate steeplechase record holder and was the 2012 NCAA steeplechase champion. He competed in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the steeplechase. At Princeton, Cabral was an eight-time NCAA All-American and ten-time individual Ivy League champion. He was a long distance running champion in high school for Glastonbury High School, winning two Class LL championships as a sophomore and then open state and New England championships as a junior and senior.
Bill Rodgers is a former American record holder in the marathon, best known for his victories in the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon in the late 1970s. Rodgers won both races four times each between 1975 and 1980, twice breaking the American record at Boston with a time of 2:09:55 in 1975 and a 2:09:27 in 1979. Rodgers was a member of the 1976 United States Olympic Team and ran the marathon for the U.S.A. in Montreal.
Amby Burfoot was the winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon. After retiring from competition, he became a running journalist and author. Burfoot was the top editor (editor-in-chief) at Runner's World for many years. He still writes for the publication in addition to serving as editor-at-large.
More champions will be announced soon; register today!
USAT certified 4-mile course, designed with help from the Bill Rodgers and Amby Burfoot
$2000 in prizes, including $300 each to top teams in high school, college and open divisions!
Technical shirts and post race party with the Legends
Race is capped at 1000.
"In my four years at Wesleyan, I ran about a zillion miles on these lovely, rolling roads, and I look forward to returning and running them again." – Amby Burfoot
“This is a great course that includes sections of the X-Country course Amby, Jeff (Galloway) and I ran when we were Wesleyan students.” – Bill Rodgers
Charity Partner who benefits from your direct donation
The John Kelley Fund was established in order to create a lasting tribute to Hall of Fame runner and Connecticut resident John J. Kelley. His accomplishments and humble demeanor inspired generations of runners. Plans are underway to create a life-sized bronze statue of Kelley that will be the focal point of a park in downtown Mystic. We are approaching the half way point of our $100,000 goal. For additional information, please go to www.JohnKelley.org