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Run for Warriors is Sunday; roads will be closed during race

Tom Cingari, of ShopRite, Mayor Mark Lauretti, Rocky Cingari, owner and operator of ShopRite and Jack Reh, who helps organize the Sunset Run for the Warriors , prepare for the Sunday event. ShopRite is a presenting sponsor of the run, which support wounded warriors and their families. Reh thanked the Cingari family for their generous support of the annual Shelton event.

This Sunday, Aug. 19 the third annual 10K Sunset Run/1-mile walk for the Warriors road race will be back in Huntington Center, with about 500 people expected to participate in the event.

Several streets in the Huntington section will be temporarily closed to accommodate the people involved in the event. The race will begin at Huntington Street and Roaring Brook Lane and continue onto Church Street, Nichols Avenue, Isinglass Road, and back onto Huntington Street.

At 4:15 p.m. the entire race route will be closed to all traffic except for emergency vehicles. The race route will remain closed, until the last runner has passed through a particular section or roadway of the route. The entire roadway will be re-opening no later than 6:30 p.m. During the closing ceremonies, traffic around the Huntington Green will be reduced to one lane to allow safe traffic control and pedestrian crossing.

Drivers are advised to seek alternative routes during the time period of the race. Any questions should be directed to the Shelton Police Traffic Unit.

All proceeds of the event benefit Hope for the Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that assists combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

The Shelton event is organized by John Reh, who grew up in Shelton and served as a Marine lawyer in Afghanistan, and his family.

“It’s really a community event with help from police, fireman, and community volunteers who hand out water or help with traffic closures,” Reh’s father, Jack Reh said.

Those who aren’t participating in the run are still encouraged to come and cheer for runners or enjoy pre- and post-race activities like live music and a bounce house for kids. The children’s run, costing $7, will be held at 4:45 p.m.

To register or for more information, go to www.hopeforthewarriors.org. ShopRite of Shelton, owned by the Cingari family, is a presenting sponsor of the run.

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