Sat September 14, 2019 Somers, CT 06071 US Directions
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Four Town Fair Grounds
56 Egypt Rd
Somers, CT US 06071

Presenting the 20th Annual Somers Great Escape 5k Race - a true New England "destination" race!

BIG NEWS - The Great Escape 5k now begins and ends inside the Four Town Fairgrounds!

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! Every runner will receive complimentary entrance into the Four Town Fair on Saturday 9/14!

THERE'S STILL MORE! Runners 21 & older receive a "Free Beverage for a Race Bib" at the Somers Rotary beer garden!

As always, our course is USATF Certified (#CT19030JHP). This way you can be confident that you are completing a true 5k distance.

With it being our 20th year, we figured we would celebrate by making some fun changes to the event. We hope you enjoy it! Bring the family and enjoy the day in Somers!

More info can be found at our race website:

All proceeds from the race benefit the Somers Rotary Club Scholarship Foundation!

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Race Day Information

Thanks for supporting the 2019 Somers Great Escape! In our effort to provide you with the best race day experience possible, here are some important details for the day. The more you know, the better you are able to prepare yourself. Here’s the scoop…

Important Race Info:
Here is the schedule of the day:
7:00 A.M.           Registration tables open
8:00 A.M.           5k Run Start
9:00 A.M.            Awards Ceremony
10:00 A.M.        Four Town Fair Parade begins

At 10 & 5-minutes prior, the DJ will make an announcement… letting everyone know how much time is left before the official start of the race. The race will start on time. It is the runner’s responsibility to make sure that they are at starting line on time.

GPS Address of Race: 56 Egypt Rd (Four Town Fairgrounds), Somers, CT 06071.

Bib Pickup: If you signed up online… we’ll have a bib waiting for you on race day. On race day, come to the tents at the entrance to the Fairgrounds. That’s where we will give it to you. Volunteers will use an app on their phones to assign you a bib. 

Bib Wear: Must be worn in the front of your shirt, in clear view of the finish line cameras. 

Timing Chip Wear: Please follow these directions! If you don't put the chip on correctly, the computer may not see you! The race will be professionally timed, using a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system. When you are issued your bib, there will be one digital tag safety pinned to it. Using the grommet on the chip, you will lace to the chip to the OUTSIDE of your RIGHT shoe. Do not tuck the tag into your laces! Let it flap freely. When you cross the finish line, the chip will identify you to the computer's antenna and mark your finish time & place. 

Signing Up On Race Day: The race day entry fee is $30. Online registration will be open on race day - so you can sign up at home that morning... and we'll hand you your bib at the race. Otherwise, if you want to pay by cash or check, look for the tents at the entrance to the Fairgrounds. That’s where you can sign up using our computers.

The Course: A fast out-and-back 5k course that will be closed to traffic. Runners must stay to the right of the painted double-yellow center lines at all times. We will place traffic cones at certain points of the course to serve as reminders. Crossing the double-yellow lines in whole or part will be considered course-cutting. Violators will be subject to disqualification. 

Hydration Stations: We will have volunteers handing out water to the runners at two hydration stations. The first, will be at the 180-degree turn at the 1.5-mile mark on Field Road (near New England Tractor Trailer). The second, will be after the finish line.

Spectators: We love spectators! They bring enormous life to every race. If you plan on watching the race, there are four viewing points we will suggest:

1.      Start/Finish Line Inside the Fairgrounds: While the runners receive free entry to the Fair, spectators will need to pay a $5 entry fee - which is half the cost of the regular fair entry fee! After 8AM, the entry fee for spectators bumps back to $10 per person. If you don’t want to pay the fee, you are welcome to stand outside the gates.

2.      Field Road Park on Field Rd: Runners pass you twice – on their way to the turn-around, then on their return to the Fairgrounds. Parking can be found in Field Road Park.  

3.      Turn-Around Point on Field Road: This is also where the hydration station is located – feel free to volunteer! You’ll see your runner as they make their turn back toward the Fairgrounds. Parking can be found in the Southfield Corners Shopping Center.  

Race Timing: After the race, when we post your results, your finish time will be based on your “Gun Time” - meaning, your race clock begins as soon as the starter sounds the horn. Therefore, if you are towards the back of the crowd at the starting line, at the Great Escape, it may take you 10-20 seconds to actually cross the starting line.

Results: After you cross the finish line, grab your smart phone and go to the results website: Please check your results prior to the awards ceremony! If you feel that you have found an error, just grab one of the race directors or race timing company representatives and let them know. If there is an error, we should be able to correct it… but once the awards are given out, it’s too late… so again, check your results as soon as you catch your breath.

Awards Presentation: Will take place on the band stage! Overall winners and age division winners will receive apples from Irish Bend Farms! 

Parking: Will be available at the Four Town Fair. Parking is free.

Headphones: We don’t mind you wearing earbuds during the race. However, USATF rules will apply. We do ask that you please make sure that you can hear the race marshal’s directions.

Footwear: The entire course will be on paved roads. Whatever you wear when you run on asphalt, will be perfect.

Jogging Strollers: Are allowed. We just ask that anyone with a stroller begin at the rear of the runner field at the start. This way, no one’s progress is impeded.

Pets: Are not allowed in the race.

Refunds: Once we are within 15-days of the race, no refunds can be considered. 

There have been several recent incidents where "bandits" or runners who did not sign up for the race but run anyway, jump into the Arena Attack. We understand that the Arena Attack races can sell out in advance and you might miss your opportunity to run. However, we need to make sure that the people that did appropriately register receive the experience that they paid for. Additionally, bandits create an enormous liability issue for all involved. Therefore, bandits will be immediately removed from the course. 

The entire UConn Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team will be supporting the race the whole day! They're a lot of fun and love to cheer our runners on. When you see them, please thank them for taking time away from their winter vacation, studies, and practice to help get you through your race.

Did we miss an important detail? Let us know, so we can share it with the crowd! Email Scott at with your question or suggestion.

If you haven’t already done so, please “Like” our Facebook page to stay up to speed on future race updates: Looking forward to seeing you all at the starting line! Cheers!

Your Somers Great Escape Race Directors


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