On Saturday July 28th, Ian’s Race was held for its 14th year

The 14th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race commenced early Saturday Morning at the Calf Pasture Beach. The 9-Mile Race was started in the late seventies as part of the Summer Series by Norwalk Parks & Recreations and Lightfoot racing. In 1996, the race was dedicated to Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation son, Ian James Eaccarino.

The runners were from all over the state; they came together to exercise their legs for a great cause. New runner, Colin Lu, from New Haven, took the train early Saturday morning so he could make it in time to run the nine-mile race. He has been anticipating a summer race, and this was the perfect distance for his eager legs. His early morning wake up paid off because Lu was the winner! The youngest runner at the race was also awarded, Andrew Kramer. Kramer, a Chicago resident, was visiting his grandparents in Norwalk. He heard that the 14th Annual Ian James Eaccarino race was being held, and he wanted to participate. Also in attendance for Ian’s race were Mayor Richard Moccia, State Representatives Gail Lavielle & Chris Perone, and State Senators Bob Duff & Toni Boucher.

The 14th Annual  Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9- Mile Race was sponsored by Lightfoot Running Club, Norwalk Park & Recreation Department, Educational Notebook on News Channel 12, Cablevision of CT, Kaiser-Battistone, William & Sandra Bennett,  The Doyle Family, Dr. David R. Stebbins, Rex Marine Center, People’s Bank, Sandy Billings, The Kowal Family, and Regina Trimble. We would like to thank all of the sponsors, participants, and volunteers who came out to support a great cause.  We want to thank Steve Kobak, The Sunday Hour Staff Writer, and The Sunday Hour photographer, Erik Trautmann.

There were a total of 200 runners that competed in the race and about a dozen  volunteers who gave their time to make sure the runners were well hydrated.

Charlie Doyle, age 8, received the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Courage to Speak Foundation. Julie Heaphy was the first woman to cross the finish line. She was quoted as saying “This race is special. It’s nice to support a good cause”.  Joe Lauer crossed the finish line second.

The proceeds will go toward expansion of Courage to Speaks’ elementary, middle, and high-school curriculums.  In addition, proceeds will also go towards implementing Courage to Speak Courageous Parenting 101 in English and Spanish.


                                                          Larry has his dedicated volunteers to help with registration before the race!

Some runners enjoying much needed water


It is easy to see why Charlie won the “Volenteer of the Year” award!!!






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