The presidential race finally comes to an end next week, but a far more positive race makes a welcome return on Saturday in Stratford. Whereas the results of this year’s political cycle will long be remembered for lowering the bar on civility, this weekend’s Vicki Soto Memorial 5K Run/Walk will continue a tribute that highlights the very best in us all.
The presidential hopefuls have spent almost two years playing on deep-seated fears to divide us, but the previous three editions of the Vicki Soto Memorial 5K have seen more than 7,000 participants from around the country gather to celebrate a legacy of peace and hope. The run was started to honor Stratford High alumna Vicki Soto, the young teacher murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting who died trying to protect the students she’d hidden from a madman. The fund supports students who pursue careers in teaching, awarding more than $40,000 in educational scholarships so far.