To the Editor:
From everyone on the 2018 LHRR Committee, we would like to thank the following for their help with the 42nd running of the Litchfield Hills Road Race.
Thank you to our sponsors, O&G Industries, Union Savings Bank, Arethusa Farm, CTGI, WFSB, Sharon Hospital, Litchfield Bancorp, Torrington Savings Bank, The Village Restaurant, True Value Hardware of Litchfield/Just Ask Rentals, The Waterbury Republican American Newspaper, Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, Power Analysis Associates, MPP - Mirror Polishing and Plating, Dolphin Pools, Ortho Connecticut, Stop and Shop, Litchfield Distillery, Tavern Off the Green and A. Gallo & Company.
Extra thanks to E.J. Murphy Realty for sponsorship of all the Children's Races.
To The Market, Crystal Rock Water and Carbone's Market; thanks for what you do to keep our runners fed and hydrated and feeding our medical team. Thanks also to the Litchfield Lions Club.
Thanks to Litchfield Ford, Litchfield Property Care, Commercial Sewing, Farmington Valley Equipment, The Forman School-Scott McCarty and Adam Man--Zeller Tire, Goff's Equipment Service, Action Wildlife-Jim Mazzerelli, for the use of their vehicles.
Thanks to the Town and Borough of Litchfield, First Selectman Leo Paul, Bartlett Tree and Nathan Keller, USA Hauling and Recycling, Raz Alexe and the Litchfield Highway Department. Our Highway Department goes above and beyond the call of duty to get our course in tip top shape.
Thanks to the White Memorial Foundation for the use of their preserve as part of our racecourse. Special thanks to Forman School and Scott McCarty for their invaluable production assistance and housing.
Thank you to Norcomct/Northeastern Communications for the donation of our radios. Thank you to Murphy's Pharmacy for the strategic placement of a necessary commodity.
Thank you to Kevin T. Spencer, our official Race Photographer since 1996. Thanks for those great photos! And thanks to W. Scott Petersen for his contributions of photos to the cause!
To the Litchfield Artillery, thank you for serving as our official starters since 1977.
Thanks to Litchfield BZ, WZBG, Brent Hawkins and Big Mike for their production assistance. Also to Marola Motor Sales for supplying the staging area flatbed. And thanks to Sportsmen's who provide our early packet pick up.
Thanks to the Litchfield Methodist Church, Murphy's Pharmacy and Frontier Communications for allowing us to create a better finish area near their properties.
Thanks to ALL our advertisers, patrons, Friends of the Race and contributors.
A HUGE thank you to our volunteers, without whom there would be no race:
The Barricade Brigade
The Water Crew
The Race Marshals
Gator Aid (our motorized patrol)
The Shirt Sales Crew
The Program Sales Department
The Registration Ladies
The Children's Race Team of Volunteers
The Gang Green (our set up crew)
Our Spotters and Timers
The Food Booth Personnel
The Police, Fire and Ambulance crews:
Chief John Pudlinksi and the Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance
Litchfield Fire Department
Bantam Fire and Ambulance
East Litchfield Fire Department
Northfield Fire Department
Dr. Stephen Yoelson, Race MD
Fred Rosa, Campion Operations Supervisor
Paul Yeno, Race Paramedic
Paul Rabuef, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
VinTech Management Services
Special thanks to the volunteer ham radio operators who help us out with communications for the safety of the runners.
Thanks to Joan Schroeder for her always wonderful rendition of the National Anthem and to all our great bands.
Finally, thank you to the spectators who provide inspiration to runners along the course, no matter their place in line, to the runners themselves for participating in the race and the wonderful community of Litchfield for your continued support of our efforts to make the race a special event for the Town.
Beth Murphy, President LHRR on behalf of
The 2018 Race Committee