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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!

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