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Kidsmarathon, The LCS magazine and the LCS Banquet. A busy couple of weeks!

POSTED May 27, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: There is so much going on right now in the world of Litchfield County Sports that I had to stop and think about it all for a moment.

All great projects in the works with so little time to enjoy them, but let’s go over them none the less.

---The Litchfield County Sports Magazine: My first thought was to try and have the inaugural addition of the brand spanking new magazine out by May 1.

First, that date didn’t work out so well because we were getting so many request for advertisers that we kept the fun rolling into the first part of May. Having too many ads in the magazine is a dream come true, so no complaints there.

Secondly and most importantly, we had to get the magazine right.

Having never put one together meant taking our time to make sure that the entire magazine flowed correctly and that the pictures worked the way we wanted them to.

Having seen the final draft of the May addition, I could not be more pleased with how it turned out, especially the front cover which took some deciding but I think everyone will be pleased with the look and intensity when you get your copy.

Our June addition is well underway and I want to thank all our supporters who have ordered their subscriptions that will be delivered to their houses.

Special thanks to Jack Reynolds and the terrific crew at Minuteman Press in Torrington for taking such care of a project we are all very invested in.  

To subscribe, simply email me at to order.

Prices are reasonable with a full year of 12 additions costing just $55.00

---We are just a week away from the 10th Annual Rod Dixon’s Kidsmarathon which is set to take place on Sunday, June 4, with registration set for 9 a.m.

A dozen schools have signed up to participate this year, over 500 grammar school kids from around the Northwest Corner.

I want to thank all the people who have helped make this possible, starting with Donna Labbe who has been tremendous since we started this adventure some 11 months ago.

Coordinating all that goes on in this type of project takes special folks who give of their time without thinking twice, because it benefits the children in our area.

I am especially thrilled with the response of the current and former athletes from our two Torrington schools, Oliver Wolcott Tech and Torrington High School.

Ray Tanguay has gotten some of the best student/athletes who play Wildcats sports to act as mentors for the different schools that will make their way around the THS track and field on June 4.

Tanguay will also supply us with some terrific music and a sound system that might just be heard by the folks passing the track on Route 8.

Frankie Graziano has agreed to be our announcer for the day and the former Raider Crazy will certainly be up for the job of keeping the morning hopping and the kids and parents having fun.

THS Athletic Director Mike McKenna has been what he always is, nothing but helpful and I appreciate it.

So many THS graduates are coming back to help on that day that we could assemble a multi-sport All-Star team that could take on anybody.

As for Dixon, he remains a young man on a mission, one that centers around helping the young people of the world do what they were meant to do.


The creator of the phrase “Winning is Finishing/Finishing is Winning” leads by example at every event and inspires at every high school he attends when he is here with us.

It’s going to be a great day. Stop by and be part of the fun.

Sunday, June 4, starting at nine and ending by noon.

---The Third Annual Litchfield County Sports, Torrington High School Banquet is set for Thursday, June 8 at Chatterley’s in Torrington, starting at 5:30.

47 terrific athletes will be honored in front of their coaches and families on a night that just keeps getting better and better each year.

Celebrating the marvelous student/athletes we have at the high school is something that we should do more of and we will do our part by keeping this night going, long into the future.

We have some terrific guest speakers once again this year, headlined by the one and only John Holt, who will be recognized by all these players from his terrific work on Channel 3.

Former THS standout, Kat Zagrodnik will also speak to the winners this year.

Zagrodnik is an excellent example of the kind of people who come out of Torrington High School and go on to make a difference in other people’s lives as well.

Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone and State Representative Michele Cook will once again present the winners with certificates from the city and state respectively.

LCS will be giving the winners something different this year.

This year, custom work out shirts will be given out to each winner as they arrive that night and we hope to see them around town and at colleges some might be attending next fall.

We have also added a special “Red Carpet” for the winners to have their pictures taken on in front of a large LCS backdrop.

Affordable packages will be made available if folks wish to partake.

Winners invitations and ones for their families and friends will be in the mail by Tuesday, May 30.

---It’s going to be a fun two weeks, ending with the Litchfield Hills Road Race on Sunday, May 11 which I am still planning on participating in.

Note I didn’t say run, because I’m not sure how long I could do that and still have oxygen running through my lungs.

I want to experience this grand event from a different angle and look forward to reporting back on in once I recover!






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