On Saturday, June 28th at 8 a.m., the Westport Parks and Recreation Department will open the 52nd Annual Road Runners season with the traditional 2.3 mile race starting and finishing on the grounds of Staples High School.

The Road Runners Program is a series of races held on Saturday mornings, which progressively increase in distance throughout the summer. The event concludes with the annual Labor Day Weekend 10-mile road race.

The format for this year's series will be the same as last year. An entry fee of $30 for Westport residents and $50 for non-residents will be charged for the entire series of races, including the Labor Day race. Additionally, runners have the option of choosing to pay a weekly fee of $5 or $8 per race for residents and non-residents respectively instead of the series program fee.

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 ages 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 Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.

More information about the Road Runners Program, including applications, is available at the Westport Parks and Recreation office, at the start of each Saturday's run or on the Westport Road Runners Summer Series website at westportroadrunners.org.

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