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Fishbein / YMCA Community Road Race

Sunday October 4th, 2020

Wallingford, CT

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Almost 50 years ago, Johanna Manfreda Fishbein started a tradition in Wallingford that would grow and change significantly over the years, bringing organizations throughout the town together to collaborate in an effort to support residents in need.

The Wallingford Family YMCA is proud to continue this tradition as host of the annual Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race on October 4th this year. For the past three years, we’ve been thrilled with our partnership with Celebrate Wallingford, a town wide event that brings the community together. We are saddened by the cancellation of this event, and look forward to joining with them again in future years. This year, to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, our event will have both a live and a virtual component, bringing people together safely during the midst of our most challenging year. In following the Governor's guidelines for outdoor events during the COVID crisis, the following protocol will be put in place this year to ensure that participants will be as safe as possible:

  • 5K will be the only LIVE EVENT

  • 5K, 10K and 1 mile walk will be offered as virtual options

  • The race will be limited to 500 participants

  • There will be a rolling start. Faster runners are encouraged to be in the earlier waves.

  • There will be a longer chute at the finish line, and participants & spectators will not be allowed to congregate near the finish line or elsewhere.

  • The awards ceremony will be held virtually.

  • All results will be posted virtually; there will not be a kiosk this year.

  • We will have water bottles available at the start/finish line, but we strongly encourage participants to bring their own water via bottle, hydration belt, or hydration pack.

  • Spectators, staff and volunteers will all be required to wear face masks and to socially distance by at least 6 feet.

  • Runners do not need to wear a face mask during the race but shall wear face masks at all other times including prior to and after the race when social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Runners will need to socially distance by at least 12 feet as much as possible during the race.

  • Registration is online only. There will be no day of race registration.

  • Packet pick-up will be Friday 10/2 from 2pm-7pm and Saturday 10/3 from 9am-3pm. All packets must be picked up during these times; there will be no pick-up on race day.

  • Race shirts will be available for the first 400 participants for our live or virtual events (**except Under Age 19 $5 option)

The Wallingford Family YMCA is a charitable organization, with a mission to strengthen the foundation of the community through programs, services and relationships that build a healthy spirit, mind and body. We invite you to join us in supporting people in need in our community through sponsorship for our most important community event, the Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race on Sunday, October 4, 2020. All proceeds go towards our Community Support Campaign, which funds LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, our cancer survivor program, as well as providing much needed financial assistance for all our programs and services. As a non-profit organization, the Y relies on contributions from members and other friends to promote the healthy development of all regardless of their financial means. 100% of each contributed dollar goes to subsidize the cost of programs for children, families and seniors and to give financial assistance to those who need it.

**Registration is available through 10/1/20, with all registrations being done online. The live event begins at 9 am on 10/4/20!

Virtual Participation

  • Run or walk anytime, anywhere from 8 am Saturday 10/3/20 through 8 pm Sunday 10/4/20. 

Entry Fees - Before 9/19/2020

  • 5K / 10K 19+ Yrs - $30 (Race shirt included)

  • 5K / 10K Under 19 - $5 (Optional race shirt $10)

  • 1M Walk 19 yrs+ - $15 (Race shirt included)

  • 1M Walk Under 19 - $5 (optional race shirt $10)

 Entry Fees - 9/19/20 - 10/1/2020

  • 5K / 10K 19+ Yrs - $35 (Race shirt included)

  • 5K / 10K Under 19 - $10 (Optional race shirt $10)

  • 1M Walk 19 yrs+ - $20 (Race shirt included)

  • 1M Walk Under 19 - $10 (optional race shirt $10)


  • Awards will be given to top finishers who complete our designated courses, whether at 9:00 am on Sunday 10/4 or through virtual participation during that weekend.

  • 5K Top 3 male / female Overall and in categories

  • Under 10

  • 10-14

  • 15-19

  • 20-29

  • 30-39

  • 40-49

  • 50-59

  • 60-69

  • 70-79

  • 80+

This course is not certified this year.

To learn more about the history of this race, visit our website.

Race Distances

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Start Location

81 S. Elm St, Wallingford, CT

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