5K Road Race 2016
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At the 2016 Farmington Rotary 5K Road Race, the Lee Chisholm Memorial Award will be presented to the first Farmington resident male and female finishers. Their names and finishing time will be inscribed on a plaque that will honor the memory of Lee Chisholm.
Lee was one of the “Founding Fathers” of running in the town of Farmington. He started running before running was popular and won his first race in 1945 at the age of 14. Lee ran his first Boston Marathon in 1955 and finished 38th, he ran over 20 marathons. In 1957, he ran the Boston Marathon and finished 18th. In 1971, as coach of the Farmington High School Boys Cross Country Team, he was awarded State Coach of the Year by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. He led the FHS Boy’s team to four consecutive state championships from 1971 to 1974. In 1973, he started the first Girls team. In the summer he organized one of the first running series in the State at Tunxis Mead. One of his former student athletes says it best:
“He was so good at getting the most out his runners because he believed in them. He was extremely good at motivating young runners. He taught me to work hard for sure, but more importantly to believe in myself. He was a serious coach, but he also made it fun. He taught each athlete from day one how to set goals, and how to visualize achieving them! He made me love the sport of running and is the reason I'm still running today!”
As Town Planner for Farmington, Lee was responsible for establishing Tunxis Mead Recreation Park and played a major role in the planning of Winding Trails. Anytime people think of Lee, it brings a smile to their faces and a feeling of joy in their hearts. Lee was a man who truly loved all sports and to run. Lee died in March of 2010 after a valiant fight with Parkinson's disease.
The Lee Chisholm Award