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Sports & Recreation

Goshen Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 23~ 9:00 am start
Goshen Fairgrounds
The 2017 race is being held at 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017. Please arrive early! Pre-registration packet pickup is race morning between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. We do accept race day registrants. But again, earlier the better!
Registration is $30 for applications received by November 15 and $35 for race day registrants. The T-shirts are awesome... but in limited supply. To guarantee that you A) get one and B) get the size you want, register early! No whining!
Fashionable and functional fleece beanie hats are also available (also in limited supply). You can reserve one on your application or through online registration. If any are still available on race morning, they will be for sale at the fairgrounds.
The course is described and a map is included in a pdf file. It's a beautiful course over rolling hills, through the woods, through farm country... but it is challenging, so as the Boy Scouts say, "Be Prepared"! That said, you will love it, and that turkey dinner never tasted so good.
Overall winners receive the Laschever Memorial Cup. The top three finishers overall, male and female, receive awards, as do the first three finishers in each division. Awards include an assortment of ribbons, pies, running shoes and gift certificates. And, of course, the top male and female Goshen residents are awarded Nodine's turkeys!
Divisions: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-18, 19-29 (Open), 30-39 (Sub-Master), 40-49 (Master), 50-59 (Grand Master), 60-69 (Super Grand Master), 70+ (Grand Turkeys). Walkers welcome.
The race is held rain or shine! The Goshen Running Club, comprised of volunteers, is a certified non-profit organization, which uses proceeds from the Turkey Trot to support a variety of local community based charities and programs.  Any questions, email or call (860) 491-3441.
Litchfield Holiday Stroll
& Tree Light-Up Night
Sunday, November 26 ~ 2:30-5:00 pm
Litchfield Green
Litchfield's annual Holiday Stroll and Light-Up Night is set for Sunday, Nov. 26 and is sponsored by Litchfield Parks and Recreation, Litchfield Historical Society, Union Savings Bank, LABA (Litchfield Area Business Association), True Value Hardware, The First Congregational Church and WZBG.
The day's activities begin just like a three-ring circus, including some animals from Wamogo's Future Farmers of America that will make you think that you might be at a real circus!
There will be old-fashioned holiday ornament making at the Litchfield Historical Society, Currier and Ives-type horse and buggy rides boarding at the Union Savings Bank, and a meet and greet with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in the bank's lobby with all children receiving a free gift.  If you are looking for that special treat, Gingerbread Man Decorating will be taking place at the First Congregational Church. Litchfield Ambulance will be doing Teddy Bear Checkups and Holiday Card making.  All the events start at 2:30 p.m.
Hot chocolate, freshly popped popcorn, candy canes and other goodies will be available in various locations up around the fun happenings.
Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble members from Litchfield High School will lead the traditional Christmas caroling starting around 4:15 p.m. and will gather at the bottom of the green near Murphy's Pharmacy on West Street. The carolers will sing to everyone and anyone within earshot as they stroll up the Green through the luminaries with other holiday revelers. Once the carolers reach the top of West Street, they will then head over to the middle green for the lighting of the BIG tree.
One lucky child whose name was picked in the "Light the Tree with Santa" contest run by Union Savings Bank will help Santa Claus light the tree for the Holiday Season.
Don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy for "Stuff a Cruiser" in conjunction with the Connecticut State Police. All toys donated at the Union Savings Bank lobby location will find a home with a child in-need right here in Litchfield.
It's a fun family time, so don't miss any of it! For more information on the Holiday Stroll and Light-Up Night please contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.
Men’s Basketball League “Open Gym”
Litchfield Parks & Recreation
Thursday, November 30 ~ 7:30–9:00 pm
Forman School Gym
The world famous Litchfield Men’s Basketball League,  (formerly the “Over 30” League) run in conjunction with Litchfield Parks and Recreation, is getting ready for another year of action on Thursday nights at the Forman Gym.
There will be one night of “Open Gym” on Thursday, Nov. 30th from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Registration will be done at the “Open Gym” night.
For more information, please contact the league commissioner, Steve O’Neill at (860) 480-1732 or e-mail The cost of the program to be determined.
Litchfield Jingle Bell Run
Saturday, December 2 ~ 11:00 am
Litchfield Intermediate School
Yes, folks it’s the 35th running of the Jingle Bell Run 5K coming to you on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Who would believe that this race would be middle-aged? Runners, walkers and anyone else who wants to celebrate the season are invited to the Jingle Bell Run sponsored by Litchfield Parks and Recreation Department.
The relatively new, flat out and back course will be run for the 4th time in the race’s history with the start time of the race at 11:00 a.m. Registration will be at the Litchfield Intermediate School at 9:30 a.m. on race day.
The course is flat and fast, beginning and ending near the corner of Plumb Hill Road and Constitution Way. The course will run out Constitution to White's Woods Road where it will go to the right, proceed to Bissell Road and take another right and will turn around about a half mile down the road and return the same course.
Entry forms can be found on the Registration Forms link on our website at Then go to “Departments” and click on Recreation, then go to Registration Forms and click on Jingle Bell Run Registration. Print it out, then fill it out and send in to us at Litchfield Parks and Recreation. Or you can go pick up a registration form at Murphy’s Pharmacy, Litchfield Hills Nursery, Sportsmen’s of Litchfield, the Litchfield Community Center, The Village Restaurant and Litchfield Park and Recreation’s office in Bantam.
The cost of the event is $15 pre-registered by Nov. 26th, $20 on Race Day.
Of course we have prizes for those who dress up for the event and for the swiftest of the runners in many age groups. The first 200 runners will receive great souvenir prizes. The fastest male and female runners from Litchfield will win a gift certificate for a Christmas tree from Litchfield Hills Nursery. Don’t miss the fun!
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
“Drop-in” Volleyball
Tuesday nights ~ 7:30-9:00 pm
Litchfield Intermediate School Gym
Opening night for the season is Oct. 3.
The Litchfield Parks and Recreation Department is again hosting “Drop-in” Volleyball on Tuesday nights at the Litchfield Intermediate School Gym from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm Opening night for the season is Oct. 3.
All interested players should just show up ready to play. Teams are selected on a weekly basis and will rotate around the courts to try and play all other teams in the gym that night. The cost should not be a problem as it is free to the public.
Men and women of all ages and abilities can have lots of fun and get some exercise during those long winter months by playing “Drop-in” Volleyball. All participants must sign a waiver to play.
Click here or go to and click on Departments, then click on Recreation Department and then click on registration forms, then click “Volleyball Form” and print. Then fill out the form and sign it and send it into Litchfield Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750For more information, contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.