by BRIAN JENNINGS
Whether you’re running for a charity, running for health awareness, or walking with family members and friends, Lake Compounce is hosting 5K and 10K races inside of its theme park on Sunday morning, Sept. 4.
The races may be scheduled to start on Sunday, but the fun begins on Saturday, Sept. 3. From 5 to 7 p.m., you can join other runners and riders at the TimeOut Sports Bar at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for social hour, located at 42 Century Dr. in Bristol. Social hour will include a full menu. Everyone who picks up their race packet on Saturday will receive a coupon for one complimentary beverage.
The 5K run, 5K walk, and 10K race are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at Lake Compounce, located at 186 Enterprise Dr. in Bristol. These USATF-sanctioned events feature a scenic course through the park and surrounding areas that weave around and under some of the park’s world-famous roller coasters. The 10K race consists of two loops.
After receiving your medal at the finish line, you can join other runners for post-race refreshments, a live DJ, and an award ceremony. Results for the 5K and 10K races will be posted at the finish line and on the park’s website as soon as they become available. The award ceremony for the 5K and 10K races will take place near the finish line, immediately following the race. The results will be emailed to all finishers.
Cash prizes will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers. All participants will receive a medal. Custom trophies will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers, as well as the top three male and female finishers in the following age categories: 14 and under; 15 to 19; 20 to 24; 25 to 29; 30 to 34; 35 to 39; 40 to 44; 45 to 49; 50 to 54; 55 to 59; 60 to 69; and 70 and over. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the 10K race. Prizes will be awarded as follows: $250 for first place; $150 for second place; and $100 for third place.
Not a runner and love roller coasters? From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can reach the finish line by riding 5K on roller coasters. The park will track your rides throughout the day and give a custom roller coaster ride medal to anyone riding a total distance of 5K. If you are doing the roller coaster ride event in addition to one of the races or the walk, you will receive a t-shirt and wristband as well. Check-in for the event will be located at the roller coaster race tent at the park.
You can ride any combination of the park’s roller coasters to complete a total of 5K or about seven rides, depending on which rides you choose. You must have your wristband stamped as you exit each ride, and the park will tally your total distance when you check in at the scoring table at the end of the day.
Parents and guardians should review the height restrictions of each ride listed on the website before signing up children to make sure there are enough roller coasters they can ride. Only two rides on the Boulder Dash will be applicable towards your 5K ride distance. For more details on the roller coaster ride event, visit the park’s FAQ page.
Lake Compounce needs volunteers to help with all events. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer and can register online. All race volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, a free all-day pass to the park for the day of the event, a free all-day parking pass, post-race refreshments, and a discounted rate on any additional tickets purchased to the park. Children may accompany you during your shift depending on your role.
The first 100 runners that register for the 5K or 10K race with the roller coaster ride event will receive free admission to the roller coaster ride event. The registration limit for races is 1,000 total and 500 for the roller coaster ride event. The last day to register online is Tuesday, Aug. 31. Registrations will not be accepted on Sunday.
Prices for the first 100 runners include the following: 10K race, $55; 10K and roller coaster ride, $55; 5K run and walk, $50; 5K and roller coaster ride, $50; roller coaster ride, $45; and extra park tickets, $34. Prices for the events through Saturday include the following: 10K race, $70; 10K and roller coaster ride, $90; 5K run and walk, $65; 5K and roller coaster ride, $85; and roller coaster ride, $60.
Season pass holders and park employees will receive a discount of $15 off, but the park ticket is not included. Active duty, retired military, and veterans will receive a discount of $5 off. Those discounts will be applied during the registration process. A valid ID will be required when picking up race packet. There is only one discount per registrant. If you refer a friend, you can get $2 back. If you share your referral link with friends and family after you register, you will receive $2 back for every friend who registers through your link.
A one-day park ticket is included with every race registration, which is valid on Sunday. Spectators are welcome to watch the race and cheer on runners from anywhere on the course, outside of the park gates. Tickets are required for all spectators who wish to enter the park after the race. Additional tickets may be purchased through registration or at packet pickup, prior to the event.
Once events are full, charity registrations may be offered, which include a built-in charity donation. Registrations are taken at packet pickup as space allows. If you choose to fund raise on behalf of one of the park’s charities, a personalized fundraising page will be created to get you started. If you don’t plan to fund raise, you can still make a donation along with your registration.
When picking up your packet, you must bring a copy of your confirmation email, a photo ID (not required for minors), and a military ID or valid season pass (if you received a discount). You are required to pick up your packet for all events, but if you can’t make it, you may have someone you know pick up your race packet if they bring a copy of your confirmation email and photo ID.
If you have any other questions, you can check out the park’s FAQ page for full rules and regulations.
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