Newington Library 5K Challenge Road Race

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak,
24th Annual Newington 5K Challenge Road Race
will be held on this fall on 
Sunday, October 3, 2021

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About the race: 
The Newington 5K Challenge Road Race is an annual fundraiser that is presented by the Library Board of Trustees. This is the 24th year of the race with all proceeds of the race benefiting the library and its future growth. The race is a popular community wide event that offers a fun filled morning of exercise, competition to spend with friends and family. Strollers are allowed on the course. Please line up at the rear of the starting line.

Event Records:

Male- 2019 Matthew Walker: 15:24 -new record
Female - 2002 Heather Gardiner: 18:25

Advanced registration by October 2:

$25 per person or $10 children (12 and under)

Virtual Participation: $25 per person
Can't make the race but want to support the library, register as a virtual runner/walker during the registration process. Event t-shirt will be available for you to pick up at the Library during the 2 weeks after the race.

Refer a Friend:
Run for free? Find out about our referral program incentives after you click the REGISTER button. Registration opening

Race day registration:

$30 per person
$10 children (12 and under)

Registration will be online, at he library or you can download the form soon. You can mail or drop off the form to the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 100 Garfield Street, Newington, CT 06111.

Divisions & Awards:
This race is timed by Platt Systems and uses the B-Tag timing system (timing chip is attached to the back of the bib). Please wear the race bib on the front of the shirt.

Male & Female - 10 & under, 11 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 -49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 & up.

  • First 250 registrants receive a Dri-Fit t-shirt.
  • Top overall male & female runners receive trophy & recognition.
  • 1st & 2nd division winners, male & female receive medal & recognition.
  • All who run/walk are eligible to win race prizes drawings. Must tear off bib # and be present to win.
  • Newington Cross Country Boosters Incentive Awards - Trophies to the 1st male & 1st female finishers among students grades 5 - 8 and grades 9 - 11, attending Newington schools.

Sponsorship & Donation Opportunities:
Businesses, individuals and organizations can support the race through race sponsorship or raffle prize donations. 

Sponsorship Levels opportunities for 2021

Race prize donation opportunities for 2021

Race Day Morning Schedule of Events:
7:30 - 8:45 Preregistration check in & same day registration.
8:45 Pre-race warm-up.
9:00  Race begins.
10:00 Race ends.
9:30 -10:30 Post race stretching &  refreshments
10:30 Awards & prize drawings

A fast and flat certified 5K course that runs through a quiet residential neighborhood and finishes at Mill Pond Park.

Race map

Course Support:
Course Markings:

  • White signs with arrows and markings on road indicate direction of course.
  • All mile points are marked with mile signs at each mile.
  • Race volunteers along course to indicate direction and crossing of intersections.

Course Amenities:

  • Electronic timing
  • Water tables located at pre/post race and mile 1.5.
  • Bathroom facilities in Community Center and Mill Pond Park.
  • Medical personnel. 
  • Parking available at the Library, Mill Pond and the Town Hall. Note: due to Town hall construction in the spring, please see library website prior to race for parking updates.
Refreshments provided by:
Dunkin Donuts- Newington
Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library
Veggie World - Newington

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