On Saturday, July 4 at 8 a.m., the Westport Parks and Recreation Department will open the 2015 and 53rd annual Road Runners season with a 2.3 mile race starting and finishing on the grounds of Staples High School. The Road Runners program is a series of running races held on Saturday mornings, which progressively increase in distance throughout the summer and concludes with a 10 mile race on Labor Day weekend.

This year the format under which the program is conducted will be the same as last year. A fee of $30 for Westport residents and $60 for nonresidents will be charged for the entire series of races, including the Labor Day Weekend Race. The fee for each individual race is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents.

The weekly series of Saturday morning races will be scored grand prix fashion in seven age divisions for both men and women. The junior division will be for runners aged 19 and younger, the open division for runners ages 20-29 the sub-masters division for runners ages 30-39, the masters division for runners ages 40-49, the grand masters division for runners ages 50-59, the veterans division for runners ages 60-69, and the grand veterans division for runners ages 70 and older.

Points will be scored each week in each division for the first three places with the winners being announced on Labor Day weekend. Third, the first three men and women overall finishers in each weekly race will be awarded t-shirts. Each runner who finishes each race will be eligible for the weekly prize lottery. All participants younger than 18 years of age are required to have parent or guardian permission secured by a signed application form.

Applications for and information about the Road Runners Program are available at the Westport Parks and Recreation Office, at the start of each Saturday’s run or on the Westport Road Runners Summer Series web site located at westportroadrunners.org. Registration for each run begins at 7:30 a.m. each Saturday.

Participants are reminded to park in the Staples north parking lot and walk down the hill or down the stairs by the bleachers to the track, which is located behind the field house.