To the editor,
The 2016 People’s United Bank Chilly Chili Run, to benefit the Amity Teen Center, on New Year’s Day in Orange was a huge success! Over 600 runners and walkers came out to do the 5K (3.1 miles) run or the 2-Mile Fitness Walk. The weather was sunny and mild for the first day of January. The Amity Teen Center would like to thank People’s United Bank for, once again, being the Title Sponsor for the Race.
Immediately following the Race all of the participants were treated to a “hot chili brunch” in the cafeteria of the High Plains Community Center. All of the chili, baked goods and drinks were donated by local restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores. The “Kitchen Crew” was all volunteer and they made sure that no one went home hungry.
Our thanks go out to all of the local businesses who sponsored the race. Their names are proudly displayed on the back of our “award winning” Chilly Chili Run t-shirt.
Race Director Joe Riccio, Nancy Burke and members of the Warren Street Social and Athletic Club of Connecticut took care of the registration, the race course and giving out the trophies at the awards ceremony. We also had plenty of teenagers volunteering in the parking lot to direct the cars, at the registration tables to hand out the t-shirts and at the water stop halfway through the race to pour water for the runners.
Jim Zeoli, First Selectman of Orange, was our Honorary Chairman again this year. He had an opportunity to say “hi” to everyone who came through the cafeteria line, as he served bowls of hot chili.
Of course, the highlight of the Chilly Chili Run every year is watching the 90+ years old runners cross the finish line after the 3.1 mile run. It is always so exhilarating to see them. Don Osborne, who is now “94 years young” completed the race, as did two other gentlemen who had each celebrated their 90th birthday in 2015, Sid Skolnick and Herman Bershstein. What an inspiration they are to everyone!
The Chilly Chili Run is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Amity Teen Center, a 501©3 that was formed in 1987. We appreciate everyone who helped to make this race a success!