The Annual Race Brook Rockin’ Road Race only attracted 101 registered runners.
Event Chairman Melissa Nicefaro did a phenomenal job advertising it, so why the low turnout?
In past years, the Rockin’ Road Race was a wildly popular event and a great fundraiser for Race Brook School. Unfortunately, nowadays every time you turn around someone else is sponsoring another 5K, which takes away the interest from these established fundraising road races.
The town also seems to have gone Golf Tournament crazy, so will there be a Rockin’ Road Race next year? Only time will tell.
This is what Melissa Nicefaro had to say in response on our Facebook page:
Yes, it is unfortunate that runner turnout has dropped. What that says to us is it may be time to add something new to make our event stand out from the others. We’re starting to brainstorm ideas for next year’s big event (did you really think we wouldn’t have a seventh annual?!? You should know us better than that!!)
For now, instead of focusing on a lack of runners, I’m choosing to focus on the fact that it was a spectacular day for the RBS community.
The sixth annual Rockin Road Race was a huge accomplishment for over 100 runners and an additional 100 walkers and fun-runners. That’s something to smile about.
Still, it was a great day to compete in a 5K.
First to cross the finish line was Jeffrey Townsend, 43, of Woodbridge, who ran a 6:05 minute mile with a time of 18:53.
Orange resident Sarah Smeriglio, 17, was the first female to cross the finish line at a pace of 7:33 per mile, coming in at 23:23.
Members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department left their own pancake breakfast fundraiser this morning to raise the American Flag for the start of the race.