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Road Race to Commemorate CCSU Track Legend

Ray Crothers, left, is being honored at the Oct. 25 race.

By Matt Kiernan

The Ray Crothers Memorial 5k road race will be conducted in Crothers’ memory for his contributions to the sport of track and field and will be used to benefit the track and field team at CCSU.

Crothers (1942-2008) was a graduate of CCSU and became a member of the CCSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. He was well known within the community for his contributions to the CCSU campus and lifelong participation in the sports of track and field and cross-country.

“It all depends on if the race is a success and how many people participate,” said men’s cross-country and track Coach Eric Blake.

The event, which is to take place in Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn. on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m., is being organized by the CCSU Alumni Foundation who will use the proceeds toward the Ray Crothers Scholarship Fund. People of all ages are invited to participate in the race.

The event is being divided into two races with the first being the kid’s 800 meter race at 9:30 a.m. and the adult’s 5k race at 10:30 a.m.

The event is being sponsored by the Silk City Striders, a running club in Manchester, The Run In, a running equipment store in Rocky Hill and Runners World. Those who register before Oct. 9 will receive a Ray Crothers 5k Memorial shirt.

The Crothers race will be run consecutively with the American Cancer Society walk to promote skin cancer awareness. Participants of the ACS walk will need to pay a $10.00 minimum fee.

Those who decide to participate will need to pay a $5.00 parking fee to enter the park or find other parking arrangements.

Winners of the race will receive trophies for the top two runners of the each age group and the top three runners of the men’s and women’s corporate teams.

Participants can register for the race until Oct. 24th on

Photo Caption : Ray Crothers, left, is being honored at the Oct. 25 race.