Bethany benefit race to honor runner
BETHANY >> The town Park and Recreation Department and the Bethany Airport Restoration Committee will present a 5k road race Aug. 25, “Run for the Airport,” from the Town Hall parking lot, 40 Peck Road.
The event will benefit the airport community center building fund and the Roxbury Community College Foundation.
It will also pay tribute to a member of the Run 169 Towns Society, Mario Hasz, 66, who died in September 2015 of brain cancer.
Hasz was part of the Run 169 Town Society whose members aspire to run races in each of the 169 towns in the state. He had only completed 60 towns, but other group members pledged to run races in his honor in the remaining towns. On Sept. 23, 2016, Diane Hasz, Mario’s widow, crossed the final yards of the race with overall winner, Bruce Christensen.
Several moments, later holding a stuffed bear (signifying Mario), members of the Run 169 Towns Society completed the race signifying Mario’s journey was complete.
At the Run for the Airport 5k, the Mario Hasz Courage Award will be given to a runner who embodies Hasz’s spirit, ideals and dedication to the sport.
Nominations of a person who shares those qualities should be sent to AdamOsmond14@hotmail.com and received by Aug. 15.
At the 5k race event, awards will be given to the overall top male and female finishers as well as the Top 5 finishers in year age groups.
Runners and walkers may register at beginning at 6:15 p.m. on the day of the event.
Registration is $25 for adults, and ages 18-12, and $5 for ages under 11. Children and youths under age 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.
The race begins at 7 p.m. with the awards and the honoree ceremony starts after the last finishers, at about 7:50 p.m.