Bigelow Tea Co. will host its 25th annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge to benefit local charities on Sunday, Sept. 30, rain or shine, at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, 385 Center St.

The free event features a 5K road race, a two-mile noncompetitive fitness walk and a kids' fun run. More than 1,000 participants of all ages are expected at the fundraiser, according to a news release.

The fun run will start at 9 a.m., followed by the fitness walk at 9:30 and the 5K road race at 10:10. An awards ceremony will follow at approximately 10:30. Prizes will be raffled shortly thereafter.

The event also features a silent auction of signed sporting memorabilia donated by the New York Yankees.

Participants can also help support the local food bank by bringing a nonperishable item on race day.

Last year, the event last year raised more than $100,000; it has raised more than $800,000 to date, the release states. The money raised will be awarded to local agencies, among them Fairfield YMCA, Grasmere by the Sea Eldercare Center, Fairfield Senior Center, Operation Hope, Bridgeport Rescue Mission and Burroughs Community Center.

Registration fees will include a free commemorative race T-shirt to the first 1,000 registrants, a race gift bag, after-race refreshments and a chance to win one of several raffle prizes, including two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States.

Participants may register online at; at the Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; or on the day of the race at Wakeman. The registration table will open at 8 a.m.

Registration is $25 for the 5K, $20 for the walk, with $5 off for registering online before Thursday. Registration for the kids' fun run is $10.

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