Runner hits pavement on all of Town of Orange's roads as pandemic cancels races

A runner from Orange accomplished his own challenge when the pandemic canceled many road races.

News 12 Staff

Mar 11, 2021, 1:56 PM

Updated 1,164 days ago

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A runner from Orange accomplished his own challenge when the pandemic canceled many road races.
The town of Orange has 336 roads - totaling 110 miles. Tom Fatone, 52, has now seen them all.
"I'm an avid runner, I've been running for 25-30 years. I'm also a member of the Milford Road Runners," he says.
With road races canceled due to the pandemic, Fatone needed a new motivation. He found it in a website called CityStrides, which links to your GPS fitness app.
"This was around Thanksgiving and I saw that I had run almost 60% of the roads in Orange. I was like 'oh, let me see if I can start running more and more each day,'" he says.
What started as a hobby soon became a mission. Fatone completed it Tuesday on a road appropriately named Sunset Drive.
A physical journey that's been an educational one too, with introducing Fatone to new parts of town.
"I just managed to see all these great little neighborhoods our town has to offer," Fatone says. "I was surprised when I found out that Orange actually extends all the way to the Target on Route 1 near the West Haven line and it almost goes all the way to Sikorsky."
During a period of social distance, Fatone has used the time to go the distance.
"It’s managed to keep me sane during the pandemic and keep in shape as well," he says.
With his goal met, Fatone isn't slowing down. He's thinking of trying to run all the roads in neighboring Milford, which has well over 900.


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