This summer, the Litchfield Hills Road Race is 39 years old and “running strong’. It has been described as “The best little race you have ever heard of.” by Runners World Magazine. This race takes place, rain or shine the second Sunday of every June in the center of Litchfield, a beautiful village in the Litchfield Hills that is well-known for fine dining, great shopping and interesting architecture and natural beauty.
The Litchfield Hills Road Race dates back to 1977 and was based on the famous race held in Falmouth, Massachusetts. From the first race, one of the notable observations from runners and spectators alike, was that there is a feeling of equal appreciation between them. LHRR has seen runners from all over the world, representing Ireland, New Zealand, Kenya, Great Britain, Belgium, Tanzania, Canada, Yugoslavia, Morocco and Poland, keeping pace with some of our more famous American runners, including Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit, Dave Dunham, Randy Thomas, Patti Catalano and Vin Fleming to name a few.
The challenge of this race for participants is to conquer “Gallow’s Hill, rated #8 by Runner’s World Magazine in their list of the greatest, most daunting hills in U.S. races— the hill that made Olympian Bill Rodgers shift to ninth gear! And of course no one wants to miss out on Death Valley” or as our younger generation calls a stretch of the race, the “Microwave Mile.”
Don’t miss the fun at one of the pre-race, race day and after race parties The race begins at 1 p.m. sharp on June 13! For ore information visit http://lhrr.com. For area information visit www.litchfieldhills.com