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16 team Track Invitational kicks off on Saturday at the new Robert H. Frost Complex.

POSTED May 02, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: In celebration of the brand new Robert H. Frost Complex, the Torrington Varsity Alumni Club is holding a very special event on Saturday, May 2 that will pit the Naugatuck Valley League against the Berkshire League in the inaugural Torrington Track and Field Challenge.

“The Torrington Varsity Alumni Track Invitational came together like a lot of other good ideas, over a good meal,” Longobucco said, “We needed an early spring event and I simply said “what about an NVL/Berkshire league track challenge?” Paul’s eyes lit up and said that it was a good idea. The bulk of the planning has fallen in the lap of Paul and he immediately made a great move appointing Mike Tyler as race director.”

16 teams have signed up so far, nine of 10 BL schools and seven NVL squads will do battle in a meet starting at 3:30 p.m.

Former Raiders track coach Mike Tyler is in charge of the event which the group hopes will be an annual event.

The meet will run with traditional events but there will an overall event winner along with girls versus girls, boys versus boys, NVL versus NVL and BL versus BL winners as well.

Expect nearly 400 runners on the complex on Saturday with fans from both leagues packing the now enlarged bleacher sections.

The Raiders team will be front and center as the look to defend their brand new home to most of the area’s high school running community.

Those who have not seen the complex are in for a serious treat when they do.

It’s exactly what the Turf Committee had in mind when they put this plan in motion some eight years ago.

A place to draw the best running talent in the region to one central location.

In June, the Raider 5K Run will take place.  

Now in its fourth year, the Raider Run has drawn between 160-180 runners each year and has become a reunion of sorts for the alumni that return to either run or man the grills for the hungry participants.

The 2015 Raider 5K Run kicks off at 10:30 on Saturday, June 6 and which direction they go, either out from the track as it was the first two years which led them back to finish on the track or out towards the road in front of the school and back onto the grounds, as they did with the track under construction, has yet to be decided.

Either way, it’s a great day.

For more information on the Raider Run, go to raiderrun.com.

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