East Hartford Parks and Recreation Announces the Annual Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Snow Dash

Aselton Memorial 5K Road Race, January 28, 2018 at 1:30PM

The running of the annual Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Snow Dash 5K Road Race sponsored by the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department and the East Hartford Police Department has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM.  The race will start and finish at Langford School located at 61 Alps Drive. Approximately 250 runners are expected to participate in the race that is run in tribute to Officer Brian A. Aselton.  Proceeds benefit the East Hartford Police Department Child Safety and Crime Prevention Programs and the Officer Brian Aselton Scholarship Fund.  Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each division for men and women. Divisions include 17 & under, 18 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49,    50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 – 79, and 80 & up. Official race apparel available is for purchase at the time of registration and the day of the race.

On January 23, 1999, Police Officer Brian A. Aselton gave his life in the line of duty protecting the citizens of East Hartford.  The tragic loss of Officer Aselton devastated the community. Officer Aselton was only 26 years old when his brilliant life was extinguished; yet, his spirit lives on in those who remember him. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Scholarship Fund and East Hartford Police Child Safety and Crime Prevention Programs.  In 2015, a total of $3,100.00 was raised with $1,550.00 going to each fund.

Originally, the race was developed in 1993 to benefit the East Hartford Police Department’s Community Outreach Division.  The Community Outreach Division operated youth programs throughout town in areas such as Veterans Terrace, Hockanum Park, Mayberry Village and East Hartford Estates. The race was renamed for Officer Aselton in 2000. In 2001, the Quality of Life Division took over these responsibilities. In 2005, Child Safety and Crime Prevention Programs became the race’s beneficiary. Hundreds of East Hartford children and teens annually participate in these programs.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-291-7160.

To register for the race, follow this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/EastHartford/AseltonSnowDash

Traffic Advisory For The Event

This is a Traffic Advisory for all East Hartford residents and motorists planning to utilize the Long Hill Street area on Sunday, January 28, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.  There will be a 3-mile road race starting at 1:30 PM at the Langford School at 61 Alps Drive with approximately 300 runners.  There will be police officers working this special detail along with Parks and Recreation Department personnel.  The following streets will be temporarily affected with road closures:

Long Hill Street (between Burnham Street and Goodwin Street), Leverich Drive, Alps Drive, Yale Drive, Goodwin Street (between Long Hill Street and University Avenue), Prestige Park Road, University Avenue, Colby Drive, Bay Path Drive, Andover Road, Temple Drive, Syracuse Drive, and Purdue Lane.

For more information about this event go to http://www.brianaselton.org/events.html#snow.