The 26th annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge 5K race, with proceeds benefiting 17 charities, is planned for Sunday, Sept. 29.

In addition to the 5K race, the event includes a 2-mile Fitness Walk and a Kids' Fun Run, and will take place, rain or shine, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, 385 Center St.

The Kids' Fun Run starts at 9 a.m., followed by the 2-mile Fitness Walk and the computer chip-timed 5K road race at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. Prizes, including airline tickets, will be raffled. Activities are expected to end by noon.

More than 1,000 participants of all ages are expected, according to organizers.

Open to the public, there are three ways to register for the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge events:

- Online at

- On Saturday, Sept. 28, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road.

- On the day of the events, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, starting at 8 a.m.

Entry fees are: $25 for the 5K; $20 for the Fitness Walk and $10 for the Kids' Fun Run.

The first 800 adults and first 200 children to register receive a free race tee-shirt and free gift bag. There will also be complimentary after-race refreshments and a raffle with prizes.

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge raised more than $100,000 last year and, since its inception, a total of more than $800,000. Money raised will be distributed to 17 charities that include: Bridge House, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Burroughs Community Center, Cardinal Shehan Center, Caroline House, Center for Women & Families, 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.

Participants are asked to help support a local food bank by bringing a non-perishable foods on race day.

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A video of last year's Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is here: