Bill Landers 5K
The Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial 5K Run/Walk is an annual event held in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The route begins at Hubbard Green and continues through the Buttonball neighborhood in Glastonbury. The race and course is certified and sanctioned by the USA Track & Field, and is a qualifying race for the Manchester Road Race.
The annual run/walk supports the Glastonbury Education Foundation’s ability to fund programs, projects and initiatives that elevate the educational experience of Glastonbury’s citizens, and The Bill Landers Memorial Scholarships. The Bill Landers Memorial Scholarships consist of two $1,000 scholarships awarded to a graduating male and a female student of Glastonbury High School. The recipients of the scholarships must be attending one of the schools in the Connecticut State University system, as Bill did.
Click here for current Bill Landers 5K run/walk information.
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Bill Landers was a member of the Board of Directors of the Glastonbury Education Foundation and a beloved member of the Glastonbury community, as well as the local running community. Bill passed away in September of 2008 after battling cancer. He played varsity soccer for Glastonbury High School and was a member of the GHS class of 1983. Bill was a lifelong fan and supporter of the Tomahawks sports programs. He earned his college degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1987 and founded his own successful company, Xsellense, Inc. Bill was also a Hartwell youth soccer coach and remained an avid runner. Bill is survived by his wife, Dorie, and two children.
Current Bill Landers 5K Information
The eighth annual Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial 5K will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Hubbard Green.
The race includes awards for individual age groups, a Youth Team Competition (team must consist of a minimum of 5 people ages 17 and under), an all ages Team Competition, and the School Spirit Competition. A free Kids Fun Run around Hubbard Green will also be held at 8 a.m. for youths 12 and under.
Parking is available on Clark Field, just south of Hubbard Drive on Main St.
Back by Popular Demand: Race bib, goody bag, and t-shirt (if ordered) pick-up will be available at soundRUNNER, 63 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 12. Race registration will also be available during these hours. On race day, race bib, goody bag, t-shirt (if ordered) and new race registrations will begin at 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. on Hubbard Green.
RACE MAP: Click here to view a map of the certified course.
NEW: Get Social Contest!
Post a running related photo with the hashtag #bl5K to our facebook or instagram page between now and May 1. The three photos with the most “likes” will each receive a Bill Landers Prize Package at the post run awards ceremony at Hubbard Green on May 13.
Past 5K Results
Congratulations to all of our participants. We look forward to seeing you each and every year.
2015 – click here for results
2014 – click here for results
2013 – click here for results
2012 – click here for results
2011 – click here for results
2010 – click here for results
School Spirit Awards
There are three School Spirit Awards given each year. Participants must register for the run by midnight on Sunday, May 7, 2017 to participate in the School Spirit Award.
The Glastonbury Elementary School Spirit Award
This award is given to the school that pre-registers (by midnight on May 7) the most 5K participants as a percentage of their student body population. The award consists of $250 for a school spirit activity and an engraved plaque.
2016 Winner: Buttonball Lane Elementary School
2015 Winner: Hebron Avenue Elementary School
2014 Winner: Hebron Avenue Elementary School
2013 Winner: Hebron Avenue Elementary School
2012 Winner: Hebron Avenue Elementary School
Smith Middle School Team Spirit Award
A $100 award an an engraved plaque goes to the school team that pre-registers (by midnight on May 7) the most 5K participants.
2016 Smith Middle School Team Spirit Award Winner: Enterprise
2015 Smith Middle School Team Spirit Award Winner: Discovery
2014 Smith Middle School Team Spirit Award Winner: Columbia
2013 Smith Middle School Team Spirit Award Winner: Voyager
Gideon Welles Team Spirit Award
A $100 award and an engraved plaque goes to the Gideon Welles school team that pre-registers (by midnight on May 7) the most 5K participants.
2016 Gideon Welles School Spirit Team Award Winner: Tigris
2015 Gideon Welles School Spirit Team Award Winner: Bravo
2014 Gideon Welles School Spirit Team Award Winner: Rio Grande
2013 Gideon Welles School Spirit Team Award Winner: Tigris
Congratulations to all of our schools. We look forward to your participation each and every year.
The Bill Landers Memorial Scholarship was established by the Glastonbury Education Foundation in 2009. It began as one $1,000 Scholarship and expanded to two $1,000 scholarships after the great success of the first Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial 5K.
The scholarships are awarded to a graduating male and a female student who meet the following criteria:
Are above average students
Show financial need
Have committed to attending one of the Connecticut State University System Schools
The recipients are chosen by the GHS Guidance Department. Application forms are available in the Glastonbury High School guidance office in the spring. The scholarships are given at the Awards Night Ceremony in late May/early June.
Past Bill Landers Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
2016 – Vaishali Belamkar and Jason Bouchard
2015 – Tucker Hutchinson and Katherine Palomino
2014 – David Brunner and Kaitlyn Oberndorfer
2013 – Dustin Cooley and Briana Tucker
2012 – Rebecca Rubino and Spencer Chester
2011 – Alexis Gokey and Anhor Salih
2010 – Lauren Fahey and Kenneth Waszynski
2009 – Chelsea Curreri