Did you see any runners between Greenwich Avenue and the track at Havemeyer Park in Greenwich this Memorial Day?
We're guessing some of you did, as over 250 runners turned out for the 57th edition of the Jim Fixx Memorial Day Run -- one of the state’s oldest races!
While the race may have been held under Monday's seasonally-atypical cool and cloudy skies, it ended up being perfect running weather; so participants, fans, and spectators were not disappointed.
Although the annual Jim Fixx Memorial Day Run is normally a 5 mile run, for 2021 the race was reduced to a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) course. The shorter distance was one of the multiple measures taken to ensure that the event was COVID safe. Additionally, the race featured staggered starting times to reduce the density of runners bunched together on the course.
Mickey Yardis, the owner of Threads & Treads in Greenwich, helped coordinate and organize the 2021 Jim Fixx Memorial Day Run.
“Everything went perfect today,” stated Yardis. “This is the grand re-opening of outdoor fun in Greenwich!"
This year’s race, sponsored by Betteridge of Greenwich, was won by Matthew Rizzo of Bronxville, NY who navigated the course though Bruce Park and Central Greenwich in a time of 16 minutes and 8 seconds.
Finishing shortly behind, in second and third place respectively, were Nathan Lee of Cos Cob and Peter Knapp III of Greenwich who finished the race just 1 second apart!
Congrats to all that participated in the race this year!
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Photos by Kylie Finkelstein.
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