Thousands Participate in GE 5K Road Race

Runners and walkers participated in the GE 5K Road Race on Sunday, July 18 to benefit the Petit Family Foundation.

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After running a quarter mile, the first children to finish the Kids Fun Run cross the line during the GE 5K Road Race on Sunday, July 18 to benefit the Petit Family Foundation.
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Lauren Kesten, of NBC Connecticut, hands balloons out to children before the start of the Kids Fun Run.
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Reporter Brynn Gingras talks to Dr. William Petit during the 9 a.m. Sunday newscast before the race starts. Dr. Petit said he was happy with this turnout for the race.
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While many participants preregistered to run or walk, the registration tent was packed before the start of the race.
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The Plainville Fire Department flew a huge American flag from its ladder truck, which brought many race participants over to see it.
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Volunteers handed out medals to every child who participated in the Fun Run.
More than 2,000 runners, and approximately 900 walkers, await the start of the race.
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On your mark! Get set! Go! Whether you ran or walked, all who attended braved the 90-degree heat and high humidity on Sunday to make the 3.1-mile trek.
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NBC Connecticut’s volunteers passed out balloons to the little tykes and magnets were handed out under our tent.
David Bridgewater, of Simsbury, was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 16.01 minutes. For more information about the annual road race and the Petit Family Foundation, visit the foundation’s Web site.
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