MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – A record-breaking field of runners and walkers – many in costume – participated in the 2015 MxCC Foundation Scholarship Road Race Saturday, October 31. More than $14,000 was raised for MxCC student scholarships, with $2,000 donated to helping veterans’ support services at the College. More than 275 people participated as 5k or 10k race runners, or as 4k course walkers – the largest group in race history.
The overall 10K champions were Brad Overturf of Cromwell with a time of 39:33 and Alyssa Cole of Woodbury with a time of 42:38. The overall 5k champions were Mark Groom, a veteran, of Middletown with a time of 19:20 and Lauren Hurst of West Simsbury with a time of 23:00. Additionally, the MxCC staff and faculty champions were Troy Schinkel of Wolcott with a time of 19:37 (5K) and Christine Witkowski of Glastonbury with a time of 24:47 (5K).
“This was our first Halloween race in a long time, so it was great to see so many runners and walkers arrive in costume,” said Jay Keiser, chairperson of the MxCC Scholarship Race Committee. “It was a fun twist on this popular tradition, which was record-breaking this year. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters who make this such as successful fundraiser for our scholarship and veterans support programs.”
Major sponsors for the event include the Peach Pit Foundation, Follett Higher Education Group, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bob’s Stores, ConnectiCare, Hunter Ambulance, Middlesex Hospital, Middlesex Mutual Assurance Company, People’s United Bank, Pieper-Olson Veterinary Center, Seasons Federal Credit Union, VFW Post 583, and the Whelen Engineering Company. Significant sponsorship support was made in memory of Colonel Trenton Wright, USAR.
Additional sponsors were the A&R Union, Arborview Dental Care, AFSCME Council 4, Brewbakers, Coca-Cola, Congress of CT Community College(4Cs), CrossFit Religion Family Fitness Center, In Memory of Dr. Paul M. Baldyga, Farrell, Geenty, Sheeley, Boccalatte & Guarino, P.C., 55 West Main St. Associates, Kaman Precision Products, Law Office of Edward H. Smith Jr., The Lee Company, Lennel Kittliz, Middlesex Eye Physicians, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, P.C., Orthopedic Associates, Peter Galgano, Jr., Rabid Fitness, LLC, Suburban Stationers, Susan Salowitz, Tower Laboratories, Veterans Vietnam War, Inc., Victor Advertising Service, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 120, Vietnam Veterans of America CT ST Council, White Way Laundry, Inc., the CEUI/CT Employees, East Haddam Lions Club, Guida’s Dairy, Killingworth Lions Club, Judy Mazgulski, Law Office of Jule Crawford, Lyman Orchards, Marozzi Marketing Group, McDonalds, Dr. Lillian Ortiz, Judy Wallace, Judith Felton, Steve Krevisky and ProHealth Physicians.
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (www.mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.