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Run for Sandy Hook Moved from Danbury to Hartford

When race organizers came to Danbury and started talking about a road race to benefit the Sandy Hook School Support fund, who could possibly say no? It would have been great, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said.

Race organizers estimated a race to benefit Sandy Hook would easily draw 10,000 runners. If three or four runners shared a car, (unlikely) that's about 3,000 additional cars downtown.

"If you have 10,000 runners, you lock down the city," said Danbury Police Chief Al Baker.

Baker said 3,000 cars would fill every single parking spot downtown. Where would the residents park? With cars parked on both sides of the road in Rogers Park, the runners would be crowded and squeezed into a line. Baker said the sheer size of the event killed it.

The numbers cause this problem. The elite runners finish first before many runners have started the race. The narrow path and slow start would close Main Street for hours.

Boughton and western Connecticut Race Organizer Dave Duleavy, who organized races since the 1980s, said Danbury's biggest race, the Connecticut Classic, attracted 1,800 runners. Dunleavy said Danbury could host at most 3,000 runners.

"If we could have grown it year by year, 1,800 to 2,500 to 5,000, maybe we could have learned how to handle it," Boughton said. This race has no learning curve. It is zero to 60 in one second. Danbury didn't have time to learn how to handle 3,000 extra cars. The mayor said, "I have to listen to the chief on this."

When organizers told Danbury officials they could not hold the number of runners below 10,000, Danbury said, no thanks. Very sorry.

The Sandy Hook Run for the Families will take place in Hartford at 10 a.m. March 23. It is sponsored and organized by the Hartford Marathon Foundation.

"I think the city made a very wise decision," said Dunleavy, who is organizing a race along side Lake Waramaug called the Polar Bear Run on Feb. 24. He is not involved in the Hartford Marathon Foundation race.

bordwithbs February 07, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Sad that Danbury couldn't handle the crowds.....it seems a bit odd that more than that showed up each week for the Racearena and far more for the ten days of the Danbury Fair. Parking in adjacent lots like BRT's site, the mall, the shopping centers, schools etc. would have been a possibility with busing to the downtown, but that would have not beeen the easy way out. It seems that there was no support to make it happen. From an economic developement standpoint it certainbly doesn't make us look very competent, and furthermore, not very accomodating for the honor to our neighbor, Newtown, in it's tragedy. We should have done better.
Peter S February 07, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Why not do the race by the mall on Sunday morning? Why have the race downtown? You could run Backus to sleepy hollow to miry brook and around to the mall. Those roads are very quiet on a Sunday. Silly to move it to Hartford.
Anita February 07, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Silly to have it at all. What a nuisance. If people want to donate money, then just do so. There's no need to be running around and making a rukus. How dumb. And what on earth does Sandy Hook/Newtown need more money for? They have already been given millions. For what?
bordwithbs February 08, 2013 at 01:58 AM
What a cold hearted response, Anita. Where is your sympathy for the families of the children and educators gunned down in Newtown. What have YOU done to help?
Most Popular Poster February 08, 2013 at 02:20 AM
You're not the real bored. The real one uses the name borEdwithbs.
bordwithbs February 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Hey! ! I AM the original! all the rest are imposters!!!!!!

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