Get Smart for Wilton 5K race on Sunday
The annual Get Smart for Wilton 5K, hosted by the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF), will take place on Sunday, May 24.
Each Memorial Day weekend, the organization’s hugely popular race is a healthy, camaraderie-filled, high-energy environment, while giving back to the schools. Last year, more than 300 people participated, helping to fund WEF’s important mission.
Now in its seventh year, the event offers something for everyone, from the competitive runner seeking a challenge to active families who want to run or walk a 5K together.
Participants may run competitively or enjoy walking the challenging USATF-certified 3.1-mile course — which combines road racing and trail running on the spectacular cross country trails of Wilton’s schools — while their friends, neighbors and classmates cheer them on from the sidelines, waving signs and pushing decorated strollers.
All skill levels and ages are eligible to enter. At stake this year is $100, $75 and $50 in prize money for the top three overall men and women finalists. Commemorative medals will also be awarded to all student finishers.
After the race, there will be an awards ceremony to round out this fun family event.
All proceeds raised will be donated to Wilton’s four public schools in the form of technology, music and the arts, and staff development grants.
WEF volunteers organize the event, secure race sponsorships, promote the fund-raiser, and encourage active community involvement.
The event would not be possible without the support and efforts of the fund-raiser’s premium sponsors:
- Moore Center for Rehabilitation.
- The Riverbrook Regional YMCA.
- Smile Art Orthodontics.
- Vein Clinics of America.
- Chou Chou and Petite Chou Chou.
Mid-level sponsors include:
- LYLAS Sol Sisters.
- Outdoor Sports Center.
- Wilton Cleaners & Tailors.
- The UPS Store.
- Bianco Rosso.
- Joy Ride-Wilton.
- Fresh Mint Nail & Spa.
- Snappy Gator.
This year’s Mile Marker sponsors are Connecticut Coffee and Wilton Photo.
“We are enormously grateful for the generosity of our local businesses,” said event co-chair Lynn DiNanno, a member of the racing group LYLAS Sol Sisters.
“Their support has been nothing short of amazing. Because they know the proceeds of this race directly benefit Wilton’s children and educators, their commitment and enthusiasm has been wonderful. It’s such a great reflection of the true spirit behind this meaningful fund-raiser and a great way to start your day with your family and friends.”
Fellow LYLAS Sol Sisters runner Kacky Theoharides is also co-chairing this year’s 5K race.
“It is always such a fun morning for the whole community,” she said. “I am always so impressed with the number of runners, especially all of the young kids who participate.”
The entry fee for the Get Smart for Wilton 5K is $25.
The 5K kicks off at the Wilton High School track. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race starts promptly at 9 a.m.
Pre-registration is recommended and will take place on Friday, May 22, at Comstock Community Center, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pre-registered racers will receive a T-shirt.
Entry forms may be downloaded from WiltonEducationFoundation.org.