Cinco de Maio is celebrated worldwide in all fashions. Here in the United States, the freedom and democracy of Mexico is observed as a commemoration of Mexican heritage and pride. Some folks attend parties, others opt for going out and enjoying some Mexican food and there are those that would rather partake in a race. And for Brazilian athlete Ednaldo Oliveira, who has participated in races from Greater Hartford’s Bushnell Park, to Boston’s historic course, to the strenuous New York City Marathon that attracts the world’s best every November, on Cinco de Maio he plans to run in the Ola! Foods Redding Road Race: “A Run For The Cows.”
“Running for me became a hobby and a therapy that makes me leave all my worries aside to focus on achieving my goal,” said Oliveira. According to Oliveira, the location of the race, The New Pond Farm, is breathtaking. This beautiful 102-acre property, once owned by its founder, actress Carmen Mathews, is an environmental education center with a small working farm!
The race is a fundraiser function with proceeds being used to sustain their programs for children and adults.
How do they incorporate the Cinco de Maio tradition? At the end of the race, organizers will be offering the finest food spread. The program also includes a trophy ceremony in racing, massage therapy and even a yoga class to help runners relax the muscles. The Ola! Foods Redding Road Race: “A Run For The Cows” will be held on Sunday, May 5, with the main race starting at 8 a.m. The New Pond Farm is located at 101 Marchant Road in Redding, CT. For more information, visit http://www.reddingroadrace.com. Join the fun, and while you are there, don