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Doc’s Race on June 4, Runners 90 And Older Encouraged To Participate

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Jun 032017
 

Get your mismatched socks ready once again because the 5th Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is going to happen in Orange at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange, on Sunday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Many local residents remember George “Doc” Whitney as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years, he was known for being an exceptional runner.  “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and kept at it until his death in 2013, at the age of 94.  He participated in just about every 5 K Race in Connecticut and many others throughout New England.  He was truly an inspiration for everyone!

Doc was known for wearing mismatched socks and his fluorescent orange knit cap at the town’s Chilly Chili Run 5K.

Shortly after his death, Doc’s family requested that a 5K Race and 2 Mile Fitness Walk be held in his name every year in Orange. All of the proceeds will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk, there will be two “Fun Runs” for the kids at 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. before the actual race.

 After May 20 and up until Race Day the fees are $27.00 for runners and $15.00 for runners under 12 and Fitness Walkers.  All of the Kid’s Fun Run registration will be $6.

Early packet pickup and Late Registration will be available at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration on the day of the Race will begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call Race Director, Joe Riccio, at 203 481-7453.

Come out on June 4 and join us to help keep “Doc” Whitney’s memory alive!

A New Building and 2017 Bond Proposal On Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Mar 032017
 

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

Call to order

Fire Exits

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the February 8, 2017 Public Hearing Regarding Recommended Amendments to the Town Charter and the Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen  (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the approval of the 5th Annual Doc’s Race (enclosure)Jane Opper, Race Coordinator

To consider and act on the Veterans Tax Exemption Request (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program Region 2 Memorandum of Agreement (enclosure)

To consider and act on adopting the revised FEMA map regarding the Town’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (enclosure)

To consider and act on the proposal for a new storage building for the Orange Fairgrounds (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to approve a 3-year commitment resolution confirming the Town’s participation in the HazWaste Central Program (enclosure)

Continued discussion regarding recommended revisions to the Town of Orange Charter (enclosures)

To consider and act on the 2017 Bond Proposal (enclosure to be sent to you on Monday, 6, 2017)

To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month of March in the amount of $9,677.16 (enclosure)

COMMITTEES

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo

Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Agreement between the Town of Orange and Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO (enclosure)Michael Dorney, Labor Counsel

Motion to close Executive Session and convene into Regular Meeting

VOTE

To consider and Act on the Agreement between the Town of Orange and Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO

Adjournment

FYI

Approved Minutes of the January 11, 2017 Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Friends of the Case Memorial Library Spring Book Sale Flyer

Meet the your State Representatives Flyer

Town of Orange Employee Directory

Community Awareness Flyer

Today is The Online Registration Deadline For Doc’s Race 5K on June 28

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Jun 232015
 

Last year's winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Last year’s winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Get your mismatched socks ready because the Third Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is happening in Orange at the High Plains Community Center on Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m.

George “Doc” Whitney was well remembered as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years he was also known for being a runner.  “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and participated in just about every 5K race in the state, and many in New England from then on.  When he passed away at 94 in 2013 his family requested that a 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk be held in his name in Orange.  All of the proceeds this year will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk there will be two “Fun Runs with Spiderman” starting at 9:20 a.m.  You can find applications for both the Race and the Fun Run at the Orange Park and Recreation office at 525 Orange Center Road. Applications also are available online at www.hitekracing.com and you can register online until June 23.

One special feature of “Doc’s  Race” is that there will be no registration fee for people 65 and up.  However, this is only for participants who mail in an application and pre-register by June 20.  You will not be able to take advantage of this offer online.

For more information, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio at 203-481-7453 or email him at wssac-ct@juno.com Or you can call Race Coordinator, Jane Opper, at 203-795-9351.

Originally Published on: May 22, 2015 @ 14:25

Second Publishing on: Jun 17, 2015 @ 10:25

Feb 282014
 

people-running-marathon-race-competing-fitness-healthy-active-lifestyle-feet-road-31057324The Feb. 26 Orange Park and Recreation Commission meeting moved along fairly fast with very few items on the agenda and the absence of Park and Rec Director Dan Lynch.
Two upcoming 5k road races will use the certified route used in the Chilly Chili Run.
On May 17, the annual Peck Place School race will begin at High Plains Community Center instead of the school (due to the renovation project).
PTO President Sabra Donovan spoke to the commission about the new venue, which was just a courtesy for the record, as Lynch already had approved it.
Commission chairman Joe Lembo introduced a letter from Jane Opper, regarding the second annual Doc’s Race —   named in honor of the late George “Doc” Whitney, a spirited gentleman who began running in his senior years, and inspired others to do the same. Doc passed away in February 2013, just 7 weeks after completing the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run at the age of 94.
Proceeds from Doc’s Race go to the Orange Country Fair, an event in which Doc was involved for many years. Last year it raised $2,500, and this year organizers hope to bring in even more.
A Request From The Commissioners
The warmer temperatures that we experienced recently may have thinned the ice at Wright’s Pond, which has been used on and off this winter, depending on the weather.
Residents and visitors are asked to heed the warning signs and use caution if they are unsure of the thickness of the ice.
If you’ve passed by this week you may have noticed a chair and/or shovel abandoned on the ice. Eventually, the ice will melt and anything left out there will sink.
So, please, take whatever you bring onto the ice with you when you leave.

After Doc’s Race, Everyone Has To Cool Down For A While

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Jul 022013
 

Hungry runners gather around in the pavilion to get a slice of pizza

Hungry runners gather around in the pavilion to get a slice of pizza

Sunday’s Doc’s Race was a huge success according to organizers. Although some runners were heard saying they wished it has stepped off earlier than 10 a.m., as they crossed the finish line drenched in sweat from the oppressive humidity, everyone had a wonderful time.

After the runners crossed the finish line, the first at 16:41 and the final participant at 54:37 everyone headed over to the pavilion for orange slices, juice, water, bread, pizza, massages and well deserved rest.

They checked their posted times and then waited for the trophy presentation.

Here are a few photos from this part of the event. See more photos at the Orange Live Facebook page.

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Doc’s Race — Runners Really Had A Lot Of Heart

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Jul 022013
 

Michael Cox, 21, of New Haven ran a 5:23 mile in the Doc's Race 5k on Sunday.

Michael Cox, 21, of New Haven ran a 5:23 mile in the Doc’s Race 5k on Sunday.

On Sunday, 354 spirited die hard runners showed their love for the late George “Doc” Whitney by braving oppressive humidity and completing a the new Doc’s Race 5k.

Michael Cox, 21, of New Haven was the first place finisher with a time of 16:41. Elizabeth Fengler, 17, of  Wallingford was the first female across the finish line at 20:39.

Bill Tribou, 92, of Wallingford, who ran against Doc in that age category last January, finished with a time of 43:43.

Here are a few photos that best show the thrill of victory, and the agony of de heat — it was SO HUMID.

For more photos visit our Orange Live Facebook Page.

 

 

 

And They’re Off! More From Doc’s Race

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Jul 012013
 

IMG_1777The inaugural Doc’s Race had 375 runners and walkers on Sunday, June 30.

The proceeds from the event go to the Orange Country Fair at the request of George “Doc” Whitney’s family.

Doc as locals know began running in his late 80s and became an inspiration to runners of all ages, but especially those 65 and older who aspired to be like Doc.

He died in February at age 94 just 7 weeks after completing the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run, one of his favorite races.

Here are a few photos from the step off at 10 a.m. and the folks who did it like Doc.

Even a couple of dogs came out for the race.

Love For Doc Reflected in Sea of Mismatched Socks

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Jul 012013
 

A poster bearing one of Doc's "famous" sayings.

A poster bearing one of Doc’s “famous” sayings.

Serious and novice runners (kids and walkers too) set aside their egos and honored George “Doc” Whitney’s family’s wishes by pulling on mismatched socks for the first annual Doc’s Race on Sunday.

Doc Whitney, 94, who died last February (just 7 weeks after completing his final Chilly Chili Run 5k) was the inspiration for the new 5k, with all proceeds going to one of his favorite events, the Orange Country Fair.

Doc was a role model for runners of all ages and a leader in getting older people up on their feet to try running for their health and wellness. He always wore mismatched socks — it was just easier than finding a pair that matched.

It looks like Doc’s plan worked, there were plenty of 65 and older participants registered, one woman even braved the terrible humidity to complete the race using a walking assistance device.

Here are some of the mismatched socks that Orange Live spotted at the event.

Doc’s Race Included Two Kids Fun Runs

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Jun 302013
 

Spiderman led the kids' races

Spiderman led the kids’ races

The premiere Doc’s Race attracted serious runners from as far away as Washington State and was well organized by the same folks who oversee the Chilly Chili Run every year.

The event included two kids fun runs: ages 6 and under and 7-11.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners received trophies.

Orange Live was there from start to finish and we have more than 1,200 photos from the event. (Do you know how long it takes to edit more than 1,000 pictures?)

Here are the photos from the Kids events.

In honor of George “Doc” Whitney who always wore mismatched socks in his road races, nearly every participant in today’s race did the same.

Doc’s children and other relatives were on hand for the festivities.

See several series of photos on our FACEBOOK page at https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive

Selectmen Unanimously Approve June 30 “Doc’s Race”

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Apr 112013
 

George "Doc" Whitney running in the New Year's Day Chilly Chili Run one month before his death this year.

George “Doc” Whitney running in the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run one month before his death this year.

On Wednesday, the Orange Board of Selectmen  unanimously approved a new 5k Road Race called “Doc’s Race” for Sunday, June 30 in Orange at 10 a.m.

George “Doc” Whitney, 94, began running 5k races at the age of 80. Even after he moved out of his Orange home to live with his daughter in Vermont, Doc would always come back to Orange to participate in the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run.

Whitney’s family approached Joe Riccio (Chilly Run race director) in February after Doc’s death about having a race in Doc’s name take place in his “real” hometown of Orange this year.

The Orange Park and Recreation Commission approved the proposal on March 27, and last night the Selectmen gave their blessing, so now organizers are ready to go full speed ahead to make this a wonderful tribute to the town’s most beloved and inspirational runner.

“We want this to be an annual event,” said Race Coordinator Jane Opper. “It is going to be a 5K race (same course as the Chilly Chili Run) and Doc’s family wants all of the proceeds to go to the Orange Country Fair.”

Riccio is the Race Director and First Selectman Jim Zeoli is the Honorary Chairman.

All participants over the age of 65 will  be registered for free.  The event will include two “Fun Runs” for the kids on the Fairgrounds walking track before the race.

Registration and everything else will be outdoors under the Pavilion.

Orange Live will provide registration information as soon as it becomes available. So break in your running shoes and whip yourself into shape for the first annual Doc’s Race in 11 weeks.

Mark your calendar now, but don’t worry, we won’t let you forget.