Southington – The Apple Harvest Festival road race has been an autumn tradition in Southington for 43 years and the race is always looking to add new aspects to its schedule, which takes place on October 2nd.
This year, the Southington Community YMCA launched a new partnership with the Southington Chamber of Commerce, and the two have teamed up for the new Chamber Corporate Cup – a new category at this fall’s Apple Harvest Festival road race.
Local companies and agencies will register and compete as a ‘company team’ in the 5K road race. The team with the lowest time average of three runners wins the Chamber Corporate Cup trophy. There is also a trophy for the male runners and a trophy for the female runners. Also, the top three males and females in the Chamber Corporate Cup Division will receive medals.
Apple Harvest Festival street racing director John Myers said: “My son (Jack) works in New York City and he told me he was going to join his company team for a street race and I said, ‘We should do that “We’re excited about this and we know the chamber is excited to create some unity and a sense of community. We look forward to a good response.”
The cost is $30, and $10 of the registration fee goes back to support the Southington Chamber of Commerce’s community outreach programs and services.
Those interested in participating in the Chamber Corporate Cup should contact John Myers at [email protected] or (860) 919-1193 to incorporate their business.
“The Chamber Corporate Cup is a great extension of our partnership with local businesses. It’s a great incentive for them to be proactive and improve their overall health and well-being while giving back to the community.” Mark Pooler, CEO of Southington YMCA said: “We support the Southington Chamber of Commerce and local businesses grateful for their support of the Apple Harvest Road Race.
For race information, go to www.sccymca.org/apple. Apple Harvest offers the 5K, a 5-mile, 2-mile run (not on time), the Y-Cup, a 1-mile run for fourth and fifth graders, the Middle School Cup, and the Little Fritters Fun Run .
“As the founder and coordinator of the Apple Harvest Festival for its first 35 years, the Southington Chamber of Commerce is delighted to partner with Southington Y. and sponsor the first annual Southington Chamber Corporate Cup AHF Road Race. The Chamber President and “Participating in races is a fun and healthy way to strengthen employee bonds and create more camaraderie in the workplace,” said CEO Barbara Coleman-Heckeler. To defend the claim to win the coveted chamber cup in the company.”
Last year the race attracted more than 1,600 runners and city residents have virtual options available for the 43rd Annual Apple Harvest Road Race.