Hundreds turn out for 38th annual Four on the Fourth - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hundreds turn out for 38th annual Four on the Fourth

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Hundreds including some in tutus turned out for the road race in Chester. (WFSB) Hundreds including some in tutus turned out for the road race in Chester. (WFSB)
CHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

For hundreds of people, the Fourth of July was a perfect day for an early morning race in Chester.

The 38th annual Four on the Fourth has become a family tradition.

For many, the Fourth of July holiday wouldn't be the same without a 4-mile race in Chester.

The runners instead of sleeping in came out to be with hundreds of others.

"It’s just a real hometown kind of feel, a family thing, people in strollers, people on the street,” Jim Grimaldi, of Higganum, said.

Deep River resident Stacia Johnson said it’s not fun to stay in bed instead of running the race. 

For 38 years, Chester has become the place to be on this holiday. Unlike some of the bigger races, this one attracts a lot of locals and families.

"We are in tutus because we like to have fun,” Middletown resident Julie Aresco said. “Running is hard work and this lightens it up. Wearing a skirt makes it fun.  

The course is a pretty one although a bit hilly. Starting off, it doesn't seem too warm, but halfway through the course somehow that changes.

Money from the race goes to the Chester Rotary and that helps provide college scholarships and even opportunities for summer camp.

"There's great support. The people are phenomenal,” Middletown resident Celeste Fong/said. “A lot of water, sprinklers --- people cheering."

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