Local roundup: 60th Ocean Beach/John & Jessie Kelley Half Marathon set for Saturday
New London — The 60th running of the annual Ocean Beach/John & Jessie Kelley Half Marathon will be held Saturday, starting at 8 a.m., with start and finish at Ocean Beach Park.
The race, the oldest shoreline road race in the state and one without an entry fee, winds through New London and Waterford before finishing back at Ocean Beach Park.
Way Hedding the longtime race director, is asking competitors to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center.
“Last year we filled a truck with much needed nutritious food,” Hedding said.
With hot and humid temperatures expected, Hedding is seeking race-day volunteers to support water stations along the course, and Hedding is also asking residents to set up sprinklers to cool runners along the course.
Those interested in volunteering can contact heading at firstname.lastname@example.org, and additional information, including a course map, is available at kelleyroadrace.com.
American Legion baseball
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