L+M Hospital’s Spring Stride road race returns May 4

New London — After a seven-year absence, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s Spring Stride road race will return this spring, the hospital announced Tuesday.

The 5K and 10K race, which annually drew upward of 1,000 participants, is set for Saturday, May 4. Walkers and runners of all abilities and ages are welcome, including children aged 2 and older, who can participate in kids’ races.

“For years, this race was an important part of the community,” Patrick Green, L+M’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Now, it returns, bigger and better and with the help of an outstanding partner.”

The hospital has formed a partnership with the Hartford Marathon Foundation, which is handling all aspects of the race.

“We are thrilled to partner with L+M Hospital to bring back what was a regional staple in the running community,” said Beth Shluger, Hartford Marathon Foundation CEO and founder. “The L+M Hospital Spring Stride 10K and 5K offers a great opportunity for families to get fit and moving together in a welcoming environment supported by the hospital staff and New London community.”

The original Spring Stride race was 3.5 miles, which is longer than the 3.1-mile 5K planned for this year. In addition to modifying the distances and including the 10K and the kids’ races, the race course itself has changed to bring runners along the water for a more scenic experience.

Hospital staff will be on hand before and after the race to provide information about programs in a health fair-like setting.

Start time is 8:30 a.m. for the 5K/10K and 10 a.m. for the kids’ quarter-mile and half-mile races. To register, visit hartfordmarathon.com.

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