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By Donna Carney-Bastrzycki-Director of Special Programs-Suffield Parks and Recreation Department, Daniel Leonard-Sports and Recreation Programmer

The 42nd Annual Suffield Road Race presented by PeoplesBank took place on Saturday, September 10, and it was an amazing day! Runners from across Connecticut and Massachusetts took to the streets of Suffield in the 5K or 10K races, as well as the 2.5K walk and the Dick’s Sporting Goods’ kids’ fun run too. The walk took place on the newly opened paved pathway along Mountain Road.

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A throng of 10K runners head out from the start at the Middle School driveway in Suffield’s 42nd annual Suffield Road Race on September 10th.

The 10K race is named in memory of Carl Seger, and in attendance were Mrs. Carl Seger, their daughter and other family members. Other generous sponsors include: Suffield Village Market, Select Physical Therapy, Artioli Dodge, The Lily House, as well as Suffield Police, Fire, Ambulance, DPW/Highway, and Suffield Public Schools, along with a host of staff and volunteers.

The top three race finishers by division were:

10K Female: Melissa Stellato (39:34), Linda Spooner (40:13) and Kate Brenia (49:06 and 1st Suffield finisher)

10K Male: Alex Norstrom (32:18), Joseph Harris (37:12), Mike Tiroletto (38:49). 1st Suffield finisher: Aiden Hopkins (44:32)

5K Female: Elizabeth Fengler (18:50), Camryn Bernier (24:02 and 1st Suffield finisher), Jeanne Lapierre (24:34)

5K Male: Stephen Fengler (16:43), Mark Gaedje (19:09), Bruce Christensen (20:46). 1st Suffield finisher: Preston Hayward (22:29)

Register today for our new Fall Family and Community Event, Halloween Weekend Fun! It is exciting, interactive, and fun!

Photo Scavenger Hunt & Fun Photo Workshop

Suffield Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Trees for Suffield Initiative is offering adult and youth photography workshops that will give ideas and tips, help you gain confidence, and give you more reasons to get outdoors and start taking pictures. The workshops, led by Chad Lemmens of Lemmens Creative Design ( and will have you excited to try new things using your camera.

After some initial instruction and a photo scavenger hunt, Chad will help you select your best photos and take them to the next level. Do you want to try aerial photography? Chad will be bringing his drones. Sunrise Park is the perfect location for terrific fall foliage, and it will be an enjoyable workshop for adults and families.

After the workshop, select your best two photos to enter in the Trees for Suffield photo contest. A small snack will also be served to celebrate the fall and Halloween season. Contest deadline is November 23, 2022. Photo categories include single-tree portraits, multi-tree landscapes and close-ups or abstracts of trees, leaves, bark, etc…

This new workshop is free, but donations to Trees for Suffield are kindly appreciated at the program.

Workshop 1 – Free!
Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Ages: 8 yrs. and older
Location: Sunrise Park Upper Pavilion

Workshop 2 – Free!
Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages: 8 yrs. and older
Location: Sunrise Park Upper Pavilion

Instructor for both workshops- Chad Lemmens of Lemmens Creative Design

Registration closes for both workshops on Wednesday, October 26, and/or earlier if enrollment reaches maximum capacity. Limited enrollment. Family groups welcome to either workshop!

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