There is no doubt that our local YMCA‘s are an asset to the communities that they serve. They build stong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The Northwestern Connecticut YMCA has three locations throughout northwestern Connecticut; Torrington, Winsted, and Cannan. Each of these locations are committed to this goal and build programs to promote it. You can find a variety of activities at “The Y” such as indoor swimming, indoor cycling, and group exercise as well as a variety of other activities. In recent years, they decided to really get the community involved by hosting The YMCA Grand Prix, a road race that takes place in each of the three communities that they serve. Prizes are given out at each of the races and computer timing is done by Greystone Electronics.

The YMCA doesn’t focus on profiting from these events, however. All proceeds from the races go directly to their Strong Kids campaign which helps to provide financial assistance to qualifying children and families to participate in YMCA programs at a reduced cost. Talk about a complete win for the community! With so much going on in todays very busy society, it’s important to focus on our health, and for those who can’t afford a good workout program, the YMCA finds a way to lend a helping hand.

If you’re looking to get involved in a couple of these road races, you’re in luck! The YMCA held the Cannan 5 mile road race earlier this summer but will be hosting two more events in the coming weeks. The second race, the Highland Lake 10k, takes place on October 2nd 2010 at 9:00AM with registration being at the state boat launch on Winsted Lake. The third race, the Sunny Brook 5K Cross Country Race, which is in honor of John Ponte, will take place at Sunny Brook State Park in Torrington on November 7th 2010 at 10:30 am. This year’s Sunny Brook race is helped being sponsored by community companies and families such as Action Wildlife, The Pickard Family, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Burns Brooks & McNeil, and Valley Energy. They are still, however, looking for even more companies to sponsor this event.

Anyone looking to attend any of these events, or any local companies looking to sponsor the events should contact:

Matthew Plourde
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
259 Prospect Street
Torrington, CT 06790

email: mplourde@northwestctymca.org

phone: 860-489-3133

If your ready to sign up, be sure to check out their website, http://www.northwestctymca.org/, and find the links to the YMCA Grand Prix Races. Not only are you sure to have a great time, but your also lending a helping hand to those in need in your community. In the end, we all win with our local YMCA.

Northwest Connecticut YMCA

Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com  

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