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Sports & Recreation

Thrill in the Hills Duathlon
Sunday, May 7 ~ 6:30 a.m.
Litchfield High School
It’s back! Litchfield Parks and Recreation is announcing The 3rd Annual Thrill in the Hills Duathlon on Sunday, May 7. The event offers a scenic and yet challenging course through the Litchfield Hills. The run portion is a combination of road and trails in and around the grounds of the White Memorial Foundation. The bike is a one loop course of rolling hills around Bantam Lake. The event is great for to work out the winter kinks and its beginner friendly with a "no pressure" atmosphere.  Teams or individuals are invited to participate! Race proceeds will go to benefit the Litchfield Greenway.
Event details and schedule: Check in opens at Litchfield High School, 14 Plumb Hill Rd, Litchfield CT 06759 at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:45 a.m. Facilities are available at the high school. Awards will go to the first over-all male and female, and 10 year age-group awards.
Go to to sign up. Sign up will soon be available at Litchfield Parks and Recreation or by going to the website: then go to “Registration Forms” and then “Thrill in the Hills.” See you there! Start training!
8th Annual Girls Just Wanna Run 5K
Sunday, May 7 ~ 12 Noon Start
Near Litchfield Athletic Club
Online registration is open!
Day of registration begins
at 10:30 am on race day!

Adults: $30
Girls 12 & Under: $18
 Sign up before March 27th
and receive your free Tek T-Shirt!
 Price increases to $35 on April 15th!

Registration and bib pick up is on
Sunday, May 7 ~ 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Race begins at 12:00 p.m.
 Rain or Shine!

Women and girls of all ages are invited to participate in our 8th annual race! Prizes awarded to the overall finisher, top three runners in each age group, Ms. Diva, Most Glam Girl, best group… you get the picture! Dress up, make it fun and win!

The Girls Just Wanna Run 5k Race is a fundraising charity event focusing on health and wellness in girls and women. Walkers, joggers, runners, girls and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate!
Parking is at the Bantam River Corporate Park, located next to the Litchfield Athletic Club on Route 202 in Litchfield.  ** No dogs or roller blades/skates.**

Sandy Beach Swimming Lesson Sign-ups
Saturday, June 3 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sandy Beach Triathlon
Friday, July 28 ~ 5:00 p.m.

Litchfield Park and Recreation Summer Camp
If you are looking for a fun, safe and exciting place for your son or daughter to spend their summer days, look no more! It’s the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Summer Fun Camp beginning June 26th.
Why send your kids to some expensive summer camp where it costs more for their “uniforms” at camp than it does to send them to our camp for the summer?
We have a trained and veteran staff of councilors on board to set a fun tone. We have lots of fun things happening at the camp which goes Monday–Friday at Litchfield’s Community Field, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Early drop-offs and late pick-ups (within reason) are also available for an additional fee, but for $28 a day, your children will have fun with their friends, learn new things and have great experiences. All they need is a lunch, juice, snack and a water to get them through a fun-filled day.
Some of the things coming to camp are “Music Mondays,” 4-H Club, and Game Show Guy. The kids are also busy with sports of all kinds, board and memory games, arts and crafts…and more. We take the camp swimming to Sandy Beach on Tuesday afternoons for some water fun and we are going to many other places on field trips.
The field trips range from $15 to $50 depending on where we go, but we have plans on going to Thomaston Lanes for Bowling; R&B Sports for mini-golf, go-carts, pitching machines and ice cream; Quassy Amusement Park; Mount Tom; Lake Compounce; and more! And we didn’t even mention “Game Show Guy!” who will be coming to our camp!
Doesn’t it sound like a fun camp? Well, it is! We are signing campers up now. Call (860) 567-7569 for more information. You can also visit our website at, go to departments, then click on “recreation” and then to registration forms for the summer camp registration. Sign your child up today!
The daily camp is for children 6 and up with a weekly cost of $140. For the younger children aged 3-5, we offer a three-hour camp (9 a.m. – 12 Noon) Monday through Thursday for a cost of $110. 
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Swimming Lessons 2017
Litchfield Parks and Recreation will again be offering swimming lessons this summer, with two 3-week long sessions at the Wisdom House pool, located at 229 East Litchfield Road in Litchfield. Hurry to sign up as these spaces are limited. Your check reserves you child’s spot for the lessons. The first class on the first session will be on Monday, June 26th.
The second session will begin on July 17th and run through August 4th. The fee for each three-week session is $90. Space is limited in each class, so please contact the Parks and Recreation office as soon as possible. Your paid entry will save you a spot in the class. NO ONE MAY SIGN UP AT THE POOL!!! Only pre-registered swimmers will get space in the pool as the classes are small. All registrations must go to Litchfield Parks and Recreation at P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750.
The swimmers will have a 30-minute lesson Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The classes will be at 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for children 8 and over. Swimmers aged 6-7 years will take their lessons from 9:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. and then children aged 4-5 will have their class from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The toddlers in class must be accompanied by a parent.
For more information or for other programs run by Litchfield Parks and Recreation, please contact (860) 567-7569.
For a downloadable registration form, go to, then go to departments, then recreation, then to registration forms and print out the “standard form.” Fill the registration out and return it with your check as well as to which session you wish to enter in order to reserve your spot for this popular program.
2017 LRWC Summer Camp Programs
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
This July, LRWC is offering three week-long, day camp sessions for children entering grades 3 - 6 in the fall of 2017. Programs are full-day from 9am to 3pm.
LRWC Camp days are interactive, educational, and lots of fun! Get ready for exciting outdoor adventures where you'll learn about our birds, wetlands, and more. Each session includes outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, and crafts, and lots of interaction with our amazing flock of over 450 birds from around the world!
Camp Sessions
Budding Biologists ~ July 3 – 7
Join LRWC in the study of nature! We will explore all living things from big to small and how they fit together to create the wild world around us. From microbes to mallards to mammals, we won't leave any stone unturned. Campers will get to explore what it means to be a biologist and learn to be a real scientist! We will be actively investigating LRWC’s local habitats looking for microorganisms, plants, and animals. Campers will conduct experiments, create crafts, and get their hands dirty, all while outside investigating the natural world.

Dinosaurs to Ducks ~ July 10 – 14
Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur up close? Well now you can! During this session campers will investigate the story behind the world’s modern dinosaurs, birds! With the help of the living dinosaurs that call LRWC home, we will follow the evidence to discover how dinos transformed into modern birds, the origin of feathers and flight, and more. Along the way, we will dig up fossils, learn what it takes to be a paleontologist, and discuss the many diverse dinos that came before the birds we see today. We will then do some modern dino watching and discover the many birds around us here in Connecticut. So come dig into dinos with LRWC! 
Duck Detectives ~ July 17 – 21
There is something fowl afoot at LRWC this week and we are going to get to the bottom of it! Come help us investigate the world of birds so we can get to the truth behind all the conservation clues. 
How exactly do birds fly? What are feathers for? How do a duck’s feet stay warm in the icy, winter water? We will put on our detective caps to search out the answers to the many mysteries that make birds unique. This program is all about birds and along the way campers will learn about how LRWC raises, cares for, and helps rare and endangered species from all across the globe.

Litchfield Parks & Recreation
Tennis Camps
Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2017
Looking for a fun way to learn the basics of tennis? Are you a player with some experience looking for ways to improve your game and get some time on the courts this summer?
Litchfield Parks and Recreation is offering Level I and Level II Tennis Camps from July 31 through August 4 with instructor, Dan Porri, LHS Varsity Girls’ Head Tennis Coach at the Litchfield High School Courts.
Level I Tennis Camp is best for beginners. Participants will learn the fundamental skills of tennis (groundstrokes, volleys, serve, scoring, basic strategy) through group and individual drills and fun activities and games.
Level II Tennis Camp is perfect for players who have a basic understanding of tennis and are looking to take their game to the next level. Participants will improve their fundamental strokes and explore singles and doubles tactics through group and individual drills and fun activities and games. Players will also have a chance to test their skills in full ladder matches against other camp participants!
Both camps are open to Grades 4 and up. 
Level I Tennis Camp will run from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Litchfield High School Tennis Courts, Monday through Friday July 31 - August 4. Level II Tennis camp will run from 10 a.m. - noon. $130 for these camps.
To register you can print up a standard form from the web and mail it in. You may register the first day of camp but slots are filling up and you don’t want to get left out! Checks should be made out to Dan Porri and sent into Litchfield Park and Rec, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750.
The fee for the week-long campis $130. Please contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569 with any questions. The website is and go to departments and then to Recreation. Go to “Registration” forms and select “Standard Form.”
Warren Park & Recreation
Daytrips, Warren Community Events, Senior Trips
Fitness Classes, Outdoor Activities & Events
Co-ed "Drop-in" Volleyball
Litchfield Parks & Recreation
Tuesdays ~ 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Litchfield Intermediate School Gym
The Litchfield Parks and Recreation Department is again hosting“Drop-in” Volleyball on Tuesday nights at the Litchfield Intermediate School Gym from 7:30 p.m until 9:00 p.m.

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 for the waiver form. Print fill out the form and sign it and send it into Litchfield Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750. For more information, contact Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569 or online at 
Walking Program
Litchfield Parks and Recreation
Monday & Tuesday ~ 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Bantam Gym
There is a new Walking program at Litchfield Parks and Recreation's home in the Bantam Gym, Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The program is free!
The program is great of adults and seniors as well! Come and enjoy indoor walking in the winter. Stay fit during those cold winter months! Walk for your health and meet some great new friends! The program has begun, but is welcoming new members every session. Please contact Diane Whitehouse (860) 567-9139 for more details.