Hartford Rec Hosting Martin Richard Benefit Run

Wilder — With the Boston Marathon right around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, teaming with the Friends of Hartford Track, will host the Hartford Strong for Boston 5K road race on April 27.

The event is a benefit for Team MR8, the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation. The charity grew from the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. The foundation honors the message of “no more hurting people-peace” by investing in education, athletics and community.

The 5K race will cover a route starting at the Dothan Brook School pedestrian path and continuing into Wilder Village. The cost to participate is $15 in advance for all ages, increasing to $20 on race day. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9:30 a.m.

Online registration is available at www.runreg.com/hartfordstrong. For more information, contact Hartford Parks and Recreation at 802-296-5036 or the FOHT at friendsofhartfordtrack@gmail.com.

On the Trail

Wednesday Walkers Getting Outdoors

White River Junction — The spring and summer season for the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Wednesday Walkers program is under way.

Each walk begins with a meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 9 a.m. for transportation to that day’s trailhead. Each walk is designed to last about two hours. The schedule:

∎ April 23: Cole Pond Trail, Enfield.

∎ May 7: Hurricane Forest Wildlife Refuge, Hartford.

∎ May 21: Quechee Gorge, Quechee.

∎ June 4: Boston Lot Lake, West Lebanon.

Come the summer, series coordinator Jay McDonough will stretch out the walks to 3-4 hours on nearby mountains, with each group meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 10 a.m. Each walk is moderate to difficult in nature, intended to foster social interaction and visit places that participants may not have previously been able to experience. The schedule:

∎ June 25: Cardigan Mountain, Orange.

∎ July 9: Moose Mountain, Hanover.

∎ July 23: Mount Ascutney, Ascutney.

∎ Aug. 6: Smarts Mountain, Lyme.

In all cases, walkers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring water and either a light snack or lunch. All walks are free of charge. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for more information.

On Two Wheels

Claremont Points Series Schedule Set

Claremont — The Claremont Points Series bicycle races are returning to Twin State Speedway starting May 6.

The series will feature weekly racing at two levels every Tuesday, with registration at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6. Racing on Twin State’s one-third-of-a-mile oval, each week’s A-level racers with do 60 laps and B-level riders will cover 40 circuits. Points earned each week will go toward deciding series champions following the season’s concluding race at Aug. 26.

The cost to participate is $10 for adults and $5 for youths 18 and younger. Competitors are required to be licensed through USA Cycling, which can be done prior to any CPS race. Cyclists must also sign weekly waivers.

For more information on the series, contact John Lambert at 603-477-4848 or john@claremontcycle.com.

With Rod and Reel

Fly Fishing School

Quechee — Peter Meijer of Wilderness Trails, in conjunction with the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, will host a fly fishing school over two Sunday evenings next month at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms.

The school is open to anyone 14 years of age or older. Classes will meet on May 11 and 18 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Dewey’s Pond. The fee of $75 for Hartford residents and $90 for nonresidents will cover the five hours of professional instruction.

Call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for details.

On (or In) the Water

Whitewater Races Set

Hanover — The Ledyard Riverfest is looking forward to a pair of chances to paddle through spring runoff this week.

The first comes Saturday with the Wells River Rumble a few miles south of Wells River, Vt. Competitors will hit the Connecticut River to paddle a mile through three rapids and one waterfall. The action begins at 11 a.m.

Sunday brings the annual Mascoma Slalom, the longest continuously running collegiate kayak slalom event in the nation. Action will take place on the Mascoma River, with plenty of good viewing sites available along the Northern Rail Trail. Some 40-50 competitors are expected for the event.

Both races are free of charge. Information on both can be found on the Ledyard Riverfest 2014 page on Facebook or by calling 208-358-3020.

On the Tee

Stateline Sports Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — The snow will eventually melt, and when it does, golfers will take center stage for the third Stateline Sports Golf Classic at Crown Point Country Club on May 4.

The tourney is dedicated to the memory of Stateline Sports co-founder Bob Vanier, who died in 2011. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Carter Community Building Association’s Pat Walsh Sneaker Fund, which provides footwear to underprivileged children in the Lebanon area.

The tournament cost of $60 includes greens fees, carts, use of the range and practice areas and the barbecue. Contact Bud Hill for more information at 603-298-8090 or bud.hill@statelinesports.com.