Kevin Hoyt and Zach Schwartz led a field of nearly 500 participants in the 39th Annual Rocking Rooster Run at Fairfield Hills on June 15. Both former Newtown High School distance running standouts finished the 5K race in a time of 15:09. Hoyt narrowly edged out Schwartz to claim first-place honors. Hannah Schwartz, Zach Schwartz’s sister, was the top female participant.
Runners were treated to sunny skies and comfortable temperatures in the low 60s for the 8 am competition.
The Newtown Rooster Run 5K race will take place on Saturday, June 15, at 8 am. The race will start and finish at the Newtown Municipal Center and run in, around, and through the Fairfield Hills campus. All proceeds will benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association.
Register at www.newtown-ct.gov with Activity #314102A before noon on Friday, June 14. Cost is $20 (and $5 for children 13 and under). Day of race registration will begin at 7:30 am and the cost is $25.
The Blue & Gold Game, Newtown High School’s annual spring football scrimmage, will be held at the high school’s Blue & Gold Stadium on Friday, June 14. Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm. Fans are encouraged to support the team and catch of glimpse of this coming fall season’s players. There is no cost to attend the scrimmage.
Former Newtown High School softball standout Kate Bowen, a junior at Manhattan College, was named the school’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year and was named First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). She also organized a Sandy Hook Tribute Game during the season.
The Lady Hawks girls’ summer basketball league is open to players ages 9-15. Bantam, intermediate, and junior level girls are all eligible to participate. The league runs July 3 through August 22. Games will be played Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the Reed School outdoor courts (games will be moved inside for bad weather).
Athletes of a variety of ages and abilities put their fitness and endurance levels (not to mention their skill of slopping around in the mud) to the test on June 8. The second annual Mad Dash adventure race was held on the grounds of Fairfield Hills. Hosted by the Newtown Youth Academy and Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Danbury Orthopedics, the Mad Dash drew 127 advanced (4.3-mile) course participants and another 286 beginner/family (1.7-mile) course competitors.
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.