Elm City

Over 2,000 Runners Participate in New Haven's Christmas Run for Children

It was another successful year for New Haven’s Christmas Run for Children. In its 34th year, the 5K has led to the donation of more than 60,000 toys to underprivileged children in the New Haven area. Christopher Martins Pub on State Street has been organizing the run since its inception.

“From a humble beginning in 1985, we had 200 runners and now we’re over 2,000,” pub co-owner Chris Vigilante said.

Vigilante said the event is a show of appreciation to the Elm City for its support through the years.

“A thank you from us to the community and a thank you from our customers and people who support us throughout the year to come out this special day.”

The toys were loaded onto a New Haven Police van. Sergeant Lucille Roach, who has been with the department for 21 years, said it’s a pleasure to serve her city in this way.

“It really hits me to my heart because I know that there’s a lot of unfortunate kids out there who are in need of toys.”

A long-standing tradition that continues to run on people’s generous spirit.

“What’s really nice is that my husband and I now bring our kids who are seeing the tradition and seeing how wonderful it is to give back to the community,” said Christine Asaro of Trumbull.

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