Fitness enthusiasts of a varying of ages and abilities made their way through a variety of challenging obstacles —arriving at the finish line muddy, soaked, worn out, and with reason to be proud — at the annual Mad Dash Adventure Race, at Fairfield Hills, on June 13. The Newtown Parks and Recreation Department and NYA Sports & Fitness Center hosted the event, and proceeds benefitted scholarship programs run by both the Rec department and NYA. The Mad Dash featured an Advanced course, three Beginner/Family heats, and a Mini Dash for young children. Sandy Hook resident Riley Rising, 16, was first to finish the Advanced race, completing the grueling 5K course with a twist in a time of 38:40.
Newtown Parks & Recreation, which is co-presenting the 2015 Mad Dash Adventure with NYA Sports & Fitness, announced on June 11 the open registration times and start times for those participating in this year’s event. The fourth annual Mad Dash will take place Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills. Online registration closes at noon on Friday, June 12.
The Rooster Run/Walk, a 5K course with the proceeds benefiting the Newtown Scholarship Association, will take place Saturday, June 20, beginning at 8 am. The race will begin and end at the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.
The 12th Annual Newtown High School Cheer Camp, hosted by the Newtown High varsity cheerleaders, is offered June 22-25, from 9 am to noon. The camp will take place at the NHS cheer gym. Children in kindergarten through ninth grade (for the 2015-16 school year) may work with the back to back South-West Conference champions, and practice jumps, dance, and cheer. The camp is open to any level — from beginner to advanced.
Sandy Hook’s Kyle Wilcox, who pitches for Bryant University’s baseball team, received an early birthday present. Wilcox, who turns 21 on June 14, was selected in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 9. Wilcox was picked by the Seattle Mariners 185th overall. Wilcox, a right-handed starter, recently completed his junior year at Bryant. He posted a 7-3 record in 14 starts. In 80 2/3 innings pitched, he struck out 50 batters and had an earned run average of 3.24.
Newtown High School’s golf teams competed in state championships this week. The boys’ squad, with a score of 327, tied for 12 in the Division I match, won by Ridgefield (313), at the par 72 Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, on June 8. The girls’ championship took place at the par 74 Orange Hills Country Club, on June 9, and the Nighthawks placed fifth, shooting a 384. In the State Open girls’ tennis tournament, held at Yale University in New Haven this week, the Nighthawks had four players on the courts.
Newtown High School’s Lauren Russo tied for fifth in the track and field State Open, at Willowbrook Park, in New Britain, on June 8. Russo pole vaulted 10 feet, and qualified for the New England championships, set to take place in Saco, Maine, on June 13. The Nighthawks had some other notable performances in various events.
Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers is inviting area residents to participate or volunteer as the organization enters its 2015 season. LOF hosts adaptive water sports events teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities or special needs. “Our clinics are personal, professional, fun, safe, and designed to enhance independence, confidence and physical fitness through adaptive water sports,” said LOF Executive Director Joel Zeisler. “Whether you’re new to adaptive water sports or a seasoned athlete, you can expect quality programs from great instructors tailored to help you meet and exceed your goals,” Mr Zeisler said.
Newtown Parks and Recreation Department and NYA Sports & Fitness Center announce the Mad Dash Adventure Race will be held on Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills, with the first flight commencing at 8:30 am. The fourth annual Mad Dash offers the ultimate in fitness adventure in which participants run, jump, crawl, carry, and climb their way through the scenic Fairfield Hills Campus, utilizing both its natural topography as well as manmade structures. This fun but challenging course includes physical challenges, running, and skilled events.
Newtown High School’s softball team saw its state playoff run end in 3-2 loss to host Darien, in the Class LL quarterfinals, on June 5. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks couldn’t overcome a 3-0 deficit despite putting some pressure on the third-seeded Blue Wave by scoring twice in the fifth inning and putting the potential tying run on base in the seventh.
This was a tough loss for Newtown Coach Bob Guererra and company to take given the Darien benefitted from miscues in the field to score each of its runs.