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.
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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.
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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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