Southport site of Bigelow 5K, fun run and fitness walk Sunday

The Bigelow Community Challenge 5K is set for Sunday at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Southport. Above, runners give it their all in a previous  Bigelow Challenge.

The Bigelow Community Challenge 5K is set for Sunday at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Southport. Above, runners give it their all in a previous year’s Bigelow Challenge. (Photo-Bigelow Challenge)

Bigelow Tea, along with residents of Fairfield County and surrounding areas, will once again come together for a fun-packed morning in Fairfield at the 27th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge that benefits 18 local charities.

The certified 5K Road Race, 2-mile non-competitive Fitness Walk and a Kids’ Fun Run will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 – rain or shine, at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut.  The event is open to the public.  Over 1,000 participants of all ages are expected to attend.

The Kids’ Fun Run starts promptly at 9:00 am, followed by a non-competitive 2-mile Fitness Walk and the computer-chip-timed 5K Road Race at 10:00 am. An awards ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30 am.

Free Prizes will be raffled.  The event ends by noon.

Open to the public, there are three ways to register:
Online 24/7 @
On Saturday, September 27 between 9:00am-3:00pm at the Fairfield YMCA.
On the day of the race at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, starting at 8:00am.
Nominal entry fees are charged (5K – $25, Fitness Walk $20, Kids’ Fun Run $10)

The first 800 adults and  200 kids to register receive a free race T-Shirt (adult shirts are Dry Fit), free race gift bag, complimentary after-race refreshments and a chance to win great raffle prizes.

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, sponsored each year by the makers of  Constant Comment and other fine teas, raised over $115k last year – and almost $1 million since its inception.  As always, 100% of the money raised will be awarded to a short list of 18 local charities that include the Bridge House, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Burroughs Community Center, Cardinal Shehan Center, Caroline House, Center for Women & Families, CT Challenge, Connecticut Food Bank, Fairfield Senior Center, Fairfield YMCA, Grasmere by the Sea Eldercare Center, Janus House, Mercy Learning Center, Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, Operation Hope, Sandcastle Playground, and Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.

For additional information on joining this great community family event, visit

New this year: Please bring a non-perishable item to help the Connecticut Food Bank stuff a truck!
Enjoy a video of last year’s event @”

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