Raising funds for the races

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From the Heart Racing held a paint and sip fundraiser at Better Half Brewing Saturday.

From the Heart Racing is a non-profit organization in Bristol that organizes different races in Connecticut. To help raise money to continue to fund their races, the organization held a paint and sip fundraiser at Better Half Brewing on Saturday, Feb. 8 led by Clare Bean.

“It takes a lot of money to have a race. A lot of people go to the race and they get their t-shirt, and they think that’s all it cost, but there are many costs to racing. The police, if there are any awards, t-shirts, the timer costs money. There’s a very big cost to having a race,” said Brittany Telke, From the Heart Racing president.

The first race coming up is the “Bristol Lake Compounce 5K and 10K Run, 2K Walk and Kids Fun Run” on Saturday, June 6.

“It’s going to go through their new campground. The park will open after the race. You can win tickets to go to the park,” said Telke.

Telke is not only just the organization’s president, she runs in the races too.

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“I’m a runner and a physical therapist. I work for Bristol Hospital,” said Telke. “I began walking, and my walking turned into a little bit of jogging here and there, and then it turned into running. Racing gives you that motivation to train. The running community is great; there’s a lot of excitement and work that goes into putting these races together.”

After the upcoming race at Lake Compounce, there is the Bristol Half Marathon & 10K on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Bristol Healthtrax,.

The organization will be hosting the annual Mum-A-Thon Road Race in the fall on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Saint Paul High School.

For more information about From the Heart Racing and their upcoming races, go to www.fromtheheartracing.org.

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