WINSTED — The Northwest YMCA’s Grand Prix Race Series continued on Sunday, Sept. 26 with its Highland Lake 5K run on Sunday, Sept. 26.
According to Branch Director Caitlin Vinuelas, 75 runners took part in the race.
“All of the proceeds of the race is going to help children and families in the community to have memberships to the Northwest YMCA,” Vinuelas said. “There are people out there who wouldn’t normally be able to afford a membership unless we covered it through our races. We weren’t able to have this last year, but we did have a virtual event where racers could clock their time. But it’s much better to have racers all together in one place.”
Organization President Greg Brisco said that the race, which has been held for over 25 years, used to be a 10K run.
“But we had feedback from runners who wanted a 5K, which is much simpler to run,” Brisco said. “The racecourse runs along the west side of the lake and goes down the road where it is very flat, with no hills. It’s beautiful for this time of year. This race meets the mission for The Y where we create healthy activities for people, as well as raising funds for children and families in need.”
For more information about the Northwest Connecticut YMCA go to www.nwcty.org
Photos by Shaw Israel Izikson