New Haven to hold first annual run

Plans are in place for, what hopes to be, an annual race for the city of New Albany.
The New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults will hold their first five mile run and one mile fun run/walk tomorrow, April 2, with the proceeds going toward the growth of the school.
“We’re hoping to make this an annual event, as it is not only good for the local runners and community, but good for our clients as well,” New Haven Director Collett Cross said.
“Mark Breesee of Sherman has played an big part in helping us create the route and put the race together, so this is for all runners, both serious and those who just want to have fun and exercise.”
The race will start at the intersection of North St. and Garfield at 8 a.m. and will run through Cleveland, across Bankhead into the Park Along the River, the New Albany Sportsplex and back the same route for a total of five miles.
Cross and Breesee opted to make the race a five mile run as opposed to the more common 5K to give runners the opportunity to train for longer races that will take place in the next few months.
“We wanted something different since so many 5K’s are offered in the area,” Cross said.
“With big races like to Coke-a-Cola 10K and the Gumtree 10K coming up, we think this is a good pre-race for those events, as it is a little more than half of the distance people are going to run in those events.”
The race is not just for the community to enjoy.  The 29 active New Haven clients will also take part, as this is part of an on-going exercise program the establishment has implemented.
“Dorothy Denton, who works with us, is an avid runner and works with the clients, getting them out at least twice a week, whether they walk around town or at the hospital track, the Heathplex or the Park Along the River when it’s cooler,” Cross said.
“We try as much as possible for our clients to get out and be active, so this is great for them, and with the increased number of clients at New Haven, the money will go toward the growth of our establishment.”
Awards will be presented for first, second and third place overall winners, both male and female, as well as other awards for each age division.
Pre-registration has been available for $25 and the cost the day of the race will be $35. The price for participation in the one mile fun run is $15 and the fees include a t-shirt for each runner.
A special offer for readers of the Gazette, a coupon for the race is located on page two of this issue. If presented at registration, you may participate in the five mile run for the pre-registration cost of $25.
For more information, look up the New Haven Haul on or contact Collett Cross at 662-316-0808.