The 11th annual Hot COCO 5K, One Mile Walk & Kids Fun Run takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16. The scenic rolling 5K course begins at Norton School and travels the historic Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. The one-mile walk travels out and back through Cheshire’s residential neighborhoods.
The Kids Half Mile Fun Run starts at 10 a.m. and is followed by the 5K/walk at 10:10 a.m. The race benefits Abilities Without Boundaries, Cheshire’s nonprofit providing individuals with disabilities with the freedom and opportunity to succeed in social and vocational pursuits within a safe, nurturing environment.
With nearly 800 participants in 2018, organizers expect to attract over 800 runners and walkers on Nov. 16. Long-sleeved technical running shirts will be given to the first 500 entrants in the 5K/walk. All remaining participants and Kids Fun Run participants will receive cotton tee shirts.
After the race, runners and spectators are invited to enjoy a post-race party featuring entertainment, food, beverages, live music, children’s activities, an awards ceremony, and more. Hot cocoa is also provided.
The event will recognize the top three overall male and female finishers, the first male and female masters (over 40) finishers, the first Cheshire male and female finishers and the top three male and female age group finishers. All Kids Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon.
Dr. Lloyd Saberski, Abilities Without Boundaries Board member and Hot COCO Race chair, said that, while the race is an important fundraiser, it does much more.
“We want our local community to be more aware of the developmentally disabled adults we serve. Their needs are often overlooked. Abilities Without Boundaries offers an important service to our community and the race greatly raises our organization’s visibility. We rely upon our community to provide job opportunities for our program participants, as well as funding support. We are happy to be expecting over 800 participants this year, the largest to date,” he said.