All photos by Chris Rabago
NORFOLK — The town’s annual five-mile Memorial Day Road Race was held on Monday, May 31.
The event was organized by the Norfolk Fire Department and it was the first time since 2019 the race was held, with last year’s race canceled due to the Covid pandemic.
According to Greystone Racing, 116 racers took part in the event, including Litchfield resident Paul Rosenberg.
Rosenberg said that it was the first race for him since his foot surgeries in October and January.
“I’m just psyched to get back to racing,” Rosenberg said. “It’s one of the races that I always look forward to every year because it’s small, everyone is friendly, and there is no competition. It’s competition in the friendly sense of comradery. This is a great race with great people, and while it’s a challenging and tough course, it’s always a lot of fun.”
Rosenberg placed 10th overall, and fourth place in the male 40 to 49 age group.
Ryan Deasy from New Britain said he took part in the race because he has family ties with Norfolk
“My mother grew up here and my grandfather still lives here,” Deasy said. “This is just a small token of appreciation to those who served. We’re here to give thanks to the sacrifices of the soldiers who served this country.”
The winner of the race was Brandon LeClair from Torrington, with Linda Spooner from Sturbridge, Mass. coming in as the first female finisher.
The oldest participant was James Pashley, 71, from Oxford, with the youngest entrant Rex Crippen at 10 years old.