TORRINGTON — Lace up your running shoes Litchfield County.

This Sunday will mark the 48th annual Torrington Road Race, an event that benefits the Torrington Trails Network and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. And, of course, the event draws runners from Litchfield County and much further.

According to Sharon Waagner of The Northwest Connecticut YMCA Torrington Trails Network, “This five-mile race is one of the oldest running races in Connecticut.”

Proceeds go to the Torrington Trails Network and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Pink Rose Fund.

The Pink Rose Fund, “provides funds for educational outreach and screening to assure that the women of northwest Connecticut have comprehensive, coordinated access to services related to breast cancer screening and treatment,” according to the hospital’s website. To donate directly to this cause, call 860-496-6513.

The race is held in part by the FIT together Program-Northwest Connecticut’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Initiative. Their goal is “to make Torrington and Winsted the healthiest communities in Connecticut.”

The Fit Together Program, according to Waagner, is “reaching out to the city of Torrington, connecting with organizations in town to create ways for people to stay fit. There’s food, good nutrition, healthy living.” Find out more at how2fitkids.org.

The race begins and ends at Coe Park in downtown Torrington. Registration is $25 for adults, $5 for runners 18 and under.

Racers will be placed into divisions based on age and gender, so there will be many winners. There are prizes for 1st place overall for both male and female, as well as 1st place for Torrington residents male and female.

For those less interested in a competitive run, a 2.85-mile walk will begin at the same time as the race, as well as a 1 mile “Fun Run” later in the afternoon. The walk costs the same as the race, though the Fun Run is free of charge.

The 48th Annual Torrington Road Race starts at 10 a.m. Sunday in Coe Park.

Connecticut Media Group