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Rose Arts Road Race 5k & 10k
Saturday, June 30, 2018


Online Registration is Closed....

But you can still sign up on race day!!

Come be a part of the rebirth of historic downtown Norwich! It has been since 1998 when this 10-mile road race was a must on every runner’s calendar. Fast-forward almost twenty years and run in the new Rose Arts Festival 5k and 10k road races! Our one loop 5k and two loop 10K course is perfect for spectators to watch. Friends and family can cheer you on early and spend the day enjoying the festival. This rolling course starts in Norwich next to the Norwich Free Academy on Reynolds Road and takes you through Mohegan Park. The race finishes in front of the Academy and Chelsea Parade where the Rose Arts Festival takes place.

Both the 5k and 10k race will begin at 8:00 a.m. On site packet pickup and late registration will begin at 6:30 and close at 7:30. Early registration for the 5k is $25 and $35 for the 10k. There will be a kids race that will begin at 7:30. Online registration will close Wednesday June 27th at midnight. Day of registration will be an additional $10 per race.

Walkers are welcome in the 5k!

Event T-Shirts will be guarenteed to those registered by June 4th.

Awards will be given to First Male and Female Overall and then the top 3 men and women for both the 5k and the 10k in the following age groups:

Youth: 13 and younger

Juniors: 14 to 18

Adults: 19 to 29

Open: 30 to 39

Masters: 40 to 49

Grand Master: 50 to 59

Elite Masters: 60+

The first high school boy and first high school girl finishers of the 5k race will win a scholarship for one week to Northeast Kingdom Running Camp in Lyndonville, VT!

**If you are a student, military, or signing up a family of three or more please feel free to email Jaclyn Sullivan, the race director, with proof (ID, family names, etc.) at for a $5 discount!**


Address for Norwich Free Academy:

305 Broadway

Norwich, CT 06360



In any of NFA's parking lots. (Please be advised that the finish of the races goes across the entrance and exit to NFA's main entrance lot)

On street parking around NFA.


The History of the Rose Arts Race


The Rose Arts Road Race was a 10.47-mile trek that began and ended at Norwichs Chelsea Parade. It was like a mini-New York City Marathon, you ran through the various boroughs — Norwichtown, Taftville, Greenville, downtown and back to NFA/Chelsea Parade. Each borough had residents that came out year after year with water stations and music to encourage all the runners to the finish line recalls past participant Mike Fusaro. Hundreds of runners, ranging from national class competitors to weekend joggers, lined up to tackle the challenge of the hills, heat and distance in what was considered one of New Englands most challenging road races.

Today’s Race Route


Due to restrictions set in place since the previous races departure the Rose Arts Committee, in partnership with City of Norwich officials, has modernized the race route. Benefits of the new route include the ability to host both a 5k and a 10K race and the inclusion of passing the blooming rose garden- all while keeping a challenging course.

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Jaclyn Sullivan
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