The USATF-CT Road Racing Grand Prix moves into full swing with three races over a two-week span, beginning at the end of May. The three races vary in distance from 1 mile to 7.1 miles and take place around the state.
One of just a handful of 4-milers in the state, the Delaney Dash is a lollipop course passing over the scenic causeway near Saybrook Point in Old Saybrook. The course is flat and fast, though occasionally windy in parts and has two water stations. The Delaney Dash is hosted by the Mohegan Striders. Will Sanders and Marie Davenport were the race champions in 2015. $100 in prize money is awarded to the top finisher in each gender. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. and participants are treated to a race tech-tee and lots of post-race pizza.
The seldom-contested distance, the Spring Street Mile is the fastest mile in Connecticut. The gentle rolling course is a point-to-point adventure through a residential area of Manchester. The race offers an individual prize purse of $1,250 including bonuses for being the first runner across the 1/2 mile and 3/4 mile marks and first masters runner. Separate races for men and women, make this a favorite of many runners from around the region. Erik Berg of New York/New Jersey Track club was the 2015 men’s champion in 3:55 while former Central CT State University standout Elizabeth Eberhardt is the two-time defending women’s champion, posting a 4:42 in 2015.
The 40th running of this iconic race through the Litchfield Hills marks the first time it is being contested on the USATF-CT circuit. Famed for its “microwave mile” and massive hills, the race is a summer highlight in the northwest hills. The race attracts top talent from around the region each year and prides itself on its difficulty.