Summer 5K Road Races

Six chances to hit the pavement this season.



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With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to hit the ground running and train for a 5K road race. Lucky for you, Fairfield County has a great lineup of races in the upcoming months, all suited for beginner to advanced runners alike. So lace up your sneakers and check out this list to find a summer 5K near you!

1. MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run

Start Location: New Canaan High School; 11 Farm Road, New Canaan

Date/Time: Sunday, June 8 at 9 a.m.

The MMRF Race for Research joins together multiple myeloma patients, family members, friends, and health professionals to support the efforts of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. This 5K walk/run is suitable for the entire family, and participants are encouraged to fundraise for the event. Mark Herzlich, a lineback for the New York Giants and a bone cancer survivor, will be doing a book signing before the race from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Registration fee: $30

2. Stratton Faxon Fairfield 5K

Start Location: Jennings Beach; 850 S Benson Road, Fairfield

Date/Time: Saturday, June 21 at 8:15 a.m.

The Stratton Faxon Fairfield 5K, held a day before its popular half marathon counterpart, is a more approachable way to get in on the action. Runners travel along Fairfield Beach Road then venture into the neighborhood to complete a loop that starts and finishes at Jennings Beach. Registration fee: $32

3. Half Full Brewery Hop Skip & A Run

Start Location: 17 Harbor Point Road, Stamford

Date/Time: Sunday, June 29 at 12 p.m.

Starting at the waterfront at Harbor Point, runners will travel along the boardwalk in Harbor Point and into Kosciuszko Park. Along the way, runners will be encouraged to hop, skip, and run at various points. Race proceeds will benefit Achilles International, an organization dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletic events. Stick around after the run for a festival featuring the brewery’s beer, plus yummy treats from local food trucks. And did we mention life-sized Jenga? Registration fee: $47 for 21+ (includes pint glass and a free beer); $42 under 21

4. Corporate FunRun

Start Location: Fairfield University Athletic Center; 1073 N Benson Road, Fairfield

Date/Time: Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Pegged as “the summer office party of the year,” Corporate FunRun encourages office fitness and team camaraderie by bringing workplace teams from all over Fairfield County together for a fun 5K run/walk. There will be a post-race party featuring music, food, and drinks. Grab your coworkers and sign up today! Registration fee: $40

5. All out for Autism

Start Location: Elm Street, New Canaan

Date/Time: Friday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Held in downtown New Canaan and hosted by New Balance New Canaan, the All out for Autism 5K raises money to help support health and fitness activities for children with autism living in the community. Last year, more than 500 people participated, including 60 children, and $10,000 was raised to support programming for special needs children. Registration fee: To be announced

6. Give a Child a JumpStart Family Fun Run/Walk

Start Location: Stamford JCC; 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford

Date/Time: Monday, September 1 at 9:30 a.m.

The 7th annual Give a Child a JumpStart race takes runners out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Stamford to the quieter Springdale neighborhood. Hosted by the Stamford JCC, all proceeds benefit JumpStart at the JCC, a comprehensive preschool program for children with special needs. Registration fee: $25

 What’s your favorite summer race in Fairfield County? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

 

 

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