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Salmon River 5.5 Mile Run

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May 13, 2017 (Saturday)
5.5 Miles
Comstock Covered Bridge
Colchester, Connecticut
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This earth-friendly event features a spectacularly scenic course in rural Eastern Connecticut that begins and ends at the Comstock Covered Bridge and follows the Salmon River through State Forest and along an old railroad bed. The race features varied terrain of pavement, dirt road and improved trail, a fast downhill finish, an awards ceremony and an amazing post-race barbeque with locally grown and sourced food and beverages.

Event Start Location
Comstock Covered Bridge, Comstock Bridge Road, Colchester, CT

Course Description
The USATF certified 5.41 mile course (CT08007JHP) offers varied terrain beginning in front of the historic Comstock Covered Bridge at the Colchester/East Hampton town line. The first paved mile follows Comstock Bridge Road northeast at a moderate incline. Then the course bears right onto the seasonal and scenic River Road where approximately 1.5 miles are run on gravel surface and runners are treated to lovely views of the Salmon River and the many fly fishermen drawn to its banks at this time of year. At about 2.5 miles, the course passes under an old brownstone railroad trestle then veers sharply left onto the historic Airline Trail for a couple of flat and scenic miles on improved trail bed. Just past the 4 mile mark, another sharp left loops runners back onto pavement for a long, fast, and mostly downhill stretch on Bull Hill Road and back to the finish at the Comstock Covered Bridge.

Awards
Art glass prizes made from 100% recycled material will be awarded to the first three finishers in each of the following divisions by gender:
Junior 13 years and under
High School 14 - 18 years
Open 19 - 29 years
Sub Master 30 - 39 years
Master 40 - 49 years
Grand Master 50 - 59 years
Senior 60 - 69 years
Veteran 70+

Packet Pickup / Expo
Race day registration and shoe recycling is conducted at the Salmon River Picnic Shelter (Firemen's Field) adjacent to the Salmon River State Park on Route 16, Colchester, CT (across the street from the race start location).

Timing / Results
Timing handled by The Last Mile Racing with results listed at: http://www.tlmracing.com/results.php

Post Race Activities
An awards ceremony and an amazing post-race barbeque that includes locally grown or sourced foods and beverages!

Directions
From Norwich: take Route 2 west to Exit 18 and make a left onto Rt. 16. Follow Rt. 16 west for 6.2 miles. The State Park and Firemen's Field will be on your left hand side.

From New London: follow Route 11 north to Route 2 west to Exit 18 and make a left onto Rt. 16. Follow Rt. 16 west for 6.2 miles. The State Park and Firemen's Field will be on your left hand side.

From Middletown: follow Rt. 66 east to Rt. 16, and follow Rt. 16 east for 5.5 miles. The State Park and Firemen's Field will be on your right hand side.

From Hartford: follow Rt. 2 east to exit 16. Make a right onto Rt. 149 and follow Rt. 149 south for 3.2 miles then turn right onto Rt. 16. Follow Rt. 16 west for 1.9 miles. The State Park and Firemen's Field will be on your left hand side.

Parking
Plenty of parking is available within the Firemen's Field facility as well as the adjacent Salmon River State Park. Runners are requested to please *not* park in or near the Comstock Bridge staging areas.
 
 

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