Longest-running road race returns for 38th year


NORTH BENNINGTON >> The 38th running of the Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 8, at the Park-McCullough House.

There will be three races held at the event, with the kids 1k race starting at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by the 3.9 and 10K races that are both scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The Zem-Benn has become a long standing tradition in southern Vermont, with events for all ages and abilities. Age group awards from 12 and under to 90 and over are presented in the 3.8 mile and 10K events for 1st to 3rd place finishers. This year, in honor of Mother's Day, there will be special Mom-related awards. Walkers are encouraged and awards are presented for the top 3 walkers in the 3.8 mile event.

Since the event is taking place on Mother's Day, the mother who finishes first in her age group will receive a special award.

Proceeds for the event will benefit the Steve Zemianek scholarship fund at Mount Anthony Union High School.

In 2000, the Bennington Road Race was renamed in honor of longtime Mount Anthony Union track and field coach Steve Zemianek. Coach "Zem" was a fixture at the race for many years and a number of his former athletes continue to compete each year.

As in previous years, the lead sponsor of the race will be Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopaedics.

T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registered participants in the 3.8 and 10K events. A discounted Family Registration category reduces the registration fees for families of 4 or more! If all the family members are participating in the 3.8 run, use the Family Registration-3.8 mile run when registering. If family members are splitting up (i.e, 2 in the 3.8 mile run, 1 in the 3.8 walk and 1 in the 10k), register under the Family Registration-different events and list where everyone is participating. If more than four family members are participating, each additional person is only $10.

To participate in the event, people can sign up at Runreg.com or pick up a registration form at Wills Insurance, Anytime Fitness, Revolution Fitness, and the Bennington Recreation center.

The proceeds of the race also benefit the historic Park-McCullough House. This organization provides many educational programs and hosts community events.

Runners who compete in the Gallop to Success trail race scheduled for May 7 at Kimberly Farms in Shaftsbury will receive a registration fee discount for signing up for both races.

For more information, contact Kathy Zemianek at 802-447-9732 or email kathleenzemianek@yahoo.com or race director Dave Newell at 802-688-7807 or by email at dnewell@willsinsurance.com.


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