Bigelow Tea is inviting the community to join its annual "Challenge" road races and walks Sunday to help push total money raised over the past 27 years of the event past the $1 million mark.

The Fairfield-based tea company's 27th annual Community Challenge events include a certified 5-K road race, 2-mile non-competitive fitness walk and a fun run for children. The events take place, rain or shine, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, 385 Center St.

The events, which raised more than $115,000 last year benefits 18 area charities, including the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, 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, Mercy Learning Center, Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, Operation Hope, Sandcastle playground and Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.

Over the years, the Bigelow events have raised a total of nearly $1 million for area charities.

This year's fun run for children starts at 9 a.m., followed by the 2-mile fitness walk and then the computer-chip-timed 5-K race at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. About 1,000 people are expected to participate, according to Bigelow organizers.

Entry fees are: 5-K, $25, fitness walk, $20, and fun run, $0.

There are three ways to register: online at; on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road, and on the day of the race starting at 8 a.m. at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.

Those attending are also asked to bring non-perishable foods for donation to the Connecticut Food Bank.

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