For the second year in a row, I participated in the advanced version of the Mad Dash adventure race, then followed participants through the course during the scaled down yet still very challenging beginner/family run to capture some photographs for the paper.
The second annual Mad Dash to benefit the Newtown Youth Academy drew hundreds of participants to Fairfield Hills Saturday. An overnight storm gave way to brilliant blue skies and bobbing clouds and temperatures just cool enough to make the mud bog really challenging according to Race Director Cody Foss.
"Otherwise, it's perfect weather for this kind of race," he told The Bee.
The endurance-type event also benefited Newtown Parks & Recreation, and wassponsored by Danbury Orthopedics.
The New Britain Rock Cats baseball team will hold Newtown Baseball Family Night on Saturday, June 29 when the Rock Cats (affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) face the Reading Fightin’ Phils (affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies). Game Time is 6:35 pm (gates open at 4:05 pm).
Newtown Baseball families may take part in exclusive pre-game activities starting at 4 pm. Meet players and participate in clinics on the field, enjoy the Fun Zone area with inflatable games, and grab a free popcorn.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. (NPC) will hold a special soccer doubleheader fundraiser, Soccer Revolution, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, on Tuesday, June 18.
The doubleheader of soccer action features the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer against Real Boston Rams of the United Soccer League’s Professional Development League in the first match. In the second game, the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League will face Newtown’s own, the Newtown Pride of the Connecticut Soccer League.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams concluded their seasons in early June. The girls got all the way to the Class L state tournament’s semifinals before falling to eventual champion New Canaan. The boys’ tourney format is individual-only, and the Nighthawks’ top competitor was No. 1 singles player Cam McCleary, who reached the third round of the Class LL bracket as a No. 16 seed.
Newtown High School’s golf team competed in the South-West Conference championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury, on May 31, and the Nighthawks finished fourth. Newtown also teed off in the Division I state championship at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton, on June 4. The Hawks placed 16th among 20 teams. Newtown golfers Brian LeBlanc and Chris Erikson teamed up to participate in the annual Chappa Tournament at Longshore Country Club in Westport on May 23, and the duo had a score of 75.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team placed 10 among 23 schools to score points in the meet, and the NHS boys were 17th among 24 at the Class LL state championship meet, at Willowbrook Park in New Britain on May 30.
Norwich Free Academy, with 94 points, earned first in the girls’ meet.
Newtown scored 23 points. On the boys’ side, host New Britain came out on top with 85.50 points and Newtown scored 13.
The second annual Mad Dash adventure race will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Fairfield Hills. Hosted by the Newtown Youth Academy and Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Danbury Orthopedics, the Mad Dash offers participants the ultimate in fitness adventure.
Participants will run, jump, crawl, carry, and climb their way through scenic Fairfield Hills campus, utilizing both its natural topography as well as man-made structures. This fun but challenging course includes physical challenges, running, and skilled events.
BETHEL — The Hat City Cyclists’ 21st Annual CycleFest charity ride will be held on Sunday, June 9, and includes routes through Newtown.
“This event is a great way to meet new people who share a passion for cycling and being outdoors,” said Newtown resident and event-co-chair Monica Roberto. An avid rider for 15 years, she added, “The routes are beautiful. It’s a ton of fun.”
Hat City Cyclists invite participant to join them on this self-paced charity ride.
GREENWICH — The Newtown High School boys’ lacrosse team’s season came to an end in an 11-5 road loss to the Greenwich Cardinals in the Class L state tournament’s first round on May 29. The No. 11 Nighthawks (10-6 in the regular season) hung in there throughout the first half before the No. 6 Cardinals (12-4) seized control to advance on a hot, muggy late afternoon.
Newtown trailed just 4-1 at halftime, although the game could have been much closer if for some better execution, Newtown Coach Glenn Adams noted.