Racing in the Streets
The 24th Fairfield annual road race event
The Fairfield Road Races return this year for their 24th installment on the weekend of June 27 and June 28. Hosted by Fairfield Firefighters, the races, including a 5k on Saturday and a half-marathon on Sunday, are a non-profit that raised over $400,000 last year in support of charities like Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Homes for the Brave, Operation Gift Card, and the Fairfield YMCA. Approximately 1,500 runners compete in the 5K, and a staggering 4,500 participants flock to Fairfield from around the world to compete in the half marathon. A total of 6,000 runners, each with his own funds raised and charity of choice, and an additional group of thousands of volunteers, converge on Jennings Beach for a weekend of charity, celebration and an abundance of running.
Both events feature courses that offer great views of the Long Island Sound. In the half-marathon, top finishers win cash prizes, with the opportunity for a $1,000 bonus prize to anyone who tops the course record of 1:02:39 set in 2001 by John Yuda. Following the race, racers and spectators meet on Jennings Beach to cool down at the post-race beach party and celebrate the day. So whether you are a Fairfielder prone to Herculean displays of endurance with an altruistic bent, or just someone looking to make a difference, look no further than Fairfield Road Races.