Healthy Families 5K Run/Walk

The JLEFC 5th Annual Healthy Families 5K Run & Walk @ Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 9:00am

Register here!


Proceeds to benefit the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County, its mission and Healthy Families, Healthy Futures community outreach projects.

This fun event is for participants of all ages! The computer-timed, winding 5K Run/Walk course
features two loops thru Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo with a loop around the entirety of Beardsley

Our un-timed, noncompetitive and open-to-all-abilities 1.5K Wellness Walk returns again this year, along with many other Sunday Funday surprises!

Whether you choose to run or walk, you’ll see the best the Beardsley Zoo has to offer, including tigers, prairie dogs, anteaters and exotic birds. Both the 5K and the 1.5K courses take you through the zoo and finish near the historic carousel.

Food, drinks, entertainment and more await at the finish line at our Post Race Party, then please stay and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun as guests at the zoo once the race festivities are done!

Keep us posted on your training progress and share photos on race day using our race hashtag

Can’t run this year but still want to participate and donate to the JLEFC? Join in on our
VIRTUAL RACE! Run or walk from any location you choose! You can run, jog, or walk on the
road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track (or even at another race). You get to
run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. Keep us posted on your virtual run by using our virtual run hashtag #away5k.

Back by popular demand, our FREE KIDS FUN RUN will happen before the 5K! Offering a
noncompetitive, 1/4 mile race for kids 6th grade and younger – weather permitting! Please
note commemorative shirts will be given out only to children who have purchased a run or walk

*Every entrant will get a free pass to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

*A commemorative shirt will be given to all entrants (sizes are guaranteed if you register by
April 1, and will be supplied after that time if available)

*Your 5k RUN will be computer-timed

*Bring a group of 10 or more for special pricing. Contact Jennifer Mulligan for details.

*Plenty of parking will be available in lots and designated areas. We ask you to be respectful
because the zoo is open to the general public–be sure to follow traffic flow rules and be mindful
of parking restrictions.


*Awards or prizes to top male & female finisher and three deep in (9) age groups

*Best Costume Awards: Let’s see what you’ve got! Lion? Tiger? A marsupial of your choice?


Registration for the 5K RUN/WALK will close at 500 people, so sign up now, before it’s too

January 1- April 25: $30 for ages 19 & over; only $20 for ages 18-13; only $15 for ages 12 &
under. Advanced registration will officially close on April 25 at 8pm.

April 26: Pre-reg pickup & late registration from 12:00am- 5:00pm at soundRUNNER in
Fairfield $35/ $22/ $18

April 27: Pre-reg pickup & late registration from 10:00-2:00pm at soundRUNNER in Fairfield
$35/ $22/ $18

April 28: Race Day: $40/ $25/ $20 Registration & pre-reg pickup opens at 7:45am


Friday, April 26: 12:00-5:00pm – Packet, bib & shirt pickup and late registration with
cash/check, available if the race hasn’t reached capacity, at soundRUNNER, 1596 Post Rd.

Saturday, April 27: 10:00am-2:00pm- Packet, bib & shirt pickup and late registration with
cash/check, available if the race hasn’t reached capacity, at soundRUNNER, 1596 Post Rd.

Sunday, April 28:

7:45-8:55 am Late registration and packet pickup at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

8:30am Kids Fun Run

8:30am Warm Up

9:00am Healthy Families Run & Walk starts

9:30am Post-race party begins with food, activities and music!

10:00am Awards


If you or your company would like to partner with us, please contact Jennifer Mulligan for details.

For vendor commitments, or to supply entertainment/volunteers on the course, please also contact Jennifer Mulligan for details.

We encourage the participation of community/neighborhood groups of all ages!