FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield 5K road race and the Fairfield Half Marathon are scheduled to take place June 25 and 26, starting at Jennings Beach. Over 6,000 runners are expected to participate in the races with the half-marathon being recognized as one of the top 25 half marathons in the country.

The Fairfield Road Races are a non-profit organization that has contributed over $4 million to non-profit groups.

“This past year nearly $400,000 was raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Giant Steps, Operation Gift Cards, the Fairfield YMCA and a number of other local charities,” said race director Steve Lobdell.

The course, which runs through Fairfield and Southport, offers participants views of stately mansions and picturesque beaches. The half marathon was recently recognized by Active.com, the world’s largest online registration service for running events, as one of the summer’s top destination road races.

This year, the Lucas Challenge has been added. Named after the Fairfield University Stag mascot, the Lucas Challenge encourages participants to compete in both the 5K and half marathon — at this time over 200 runners are already registered to run both races.

The half marathon & 5K courses will feature more than 20 cheer groups and bands. Both courses offer numerous aid stations with water and UCAN electrolyte replacement fluid. Race amenities for half marathon runners include pre-and post-race sports massage, commemorative finisher medals and baggage claim. After each race, participants are invited to the post-race beach party featuring pizza, fruit, bagels, yogurt and live music.

For more information, visit www.fairfieldhalf.org.