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Thousands participate in annual New Haven road race event

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Dozens of people hit the pavement on Labor Day for the 38th annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race. (WFSB) Dozens of people hit the pavement on Labor Day for the 38th annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Thousands of people hit the pavement on Labor Day for the 38th annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race.

The Labor Day tradition hosted races for men and women, and even attracted former U.S. Olympians.

Race officials said there were seven Olympians and eight U.S. 20K champions who competed in the event.

"It's hard, it's hot and it's fun going through all the neighborhoods with everyone cheering," said Laura Gable of New Haven.

The 20K is just under 12.5 miles, and takes runners throughout New Haven.

"There's a great group of people out here. I love it. It's a family tradition. My son came in from California, my daughter is in from New York," said Cliff Skolnick of Bethany.

On Monday, Todd Kennedy of New Haven ran the 5K with his son Silas, who is a first grade student.

"It's the 100th year of the Foote School, so they wanted 100 runners, and I think they had 170 or so, last I heard," Kennedy said.

Former light heavyweight boxing champ and New Haven native Chad Dawson ran his first 20K on Monday, gearing for what he hopes is a December return to the ring.

"It was good to be out here with all these real runners, tried to motivate myself, push myself. It was great," Dawson said.

For many runners, they keep coming back knowing they're helping raise thousands of dollars for local charity.

"Non profits, which really are the partners of this city. They do so much with very little and a road race this big, partners to fund some of these local entities and that's a great thing for me," said Miguel Castro of Meriden.

Last year, 40 organizations benefited from funds raised at the race.

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