Chester Rotary's 45th Four on the Fourth

Live Race - July 4, 2023 | Virtual Race - July 4 - 10, 2023 Chester, CT 06412 US


Live, In-Person!

4 Mile Run/Walk

Run/Walk Anywhere!

Virtual 4 Mile Run/Walk


78 Main Street
Chester, CT US 06412


The Chester Rotary's 45th 4 on the 4th will be in person on Tuesday, July 4th at 9am.   This USATF sanctioned, professionally chip-timed 4-mile road race starts in the charming village of Chester, Connecticut and runs past scenic waterways and along tree-lined roads.  A fun race with some challenging hills.

The race is hosted by the Rotary Club of Chester, CT a fully-volunteer, non-profit charitable organization to benefit human services and charitable organizations in Chester, Middlesex County and the broader community.

In Person Race is Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 9:00AM.  Registration fee is $20 through June 9; $25 on June 10 through June 28 and $30 on June 29 through 8AM July 4th.  Registration is on line through July 4.  Registration by mail is available through June 9 only and forms can be found at Information concerning packet pick up for the in-person race will be posted as we get closer to race day.

Virtual Race  The Virtual Race begins Tuesday morning July 4 at 12:01AM and continuing through Monday evening, July 10, at 11:59pm.  Registration fee is $20 through June 9; $25 on June 10 through June 28 and $30 on June 29 through 8AM July 10th.  On-line registration only.  Information concerning t-shirt pick up for the virtual race will be posted as we get closer to race week.

Beginning as a strictly local event for avid runners, the 4 on the 4th has become one of Chester Rotary’s most popular fundraisers.    In the beginning, keeping track of the runners and their time was by a paper notecard filled out at the start and handed to one of the volunteers as the runner crossed the finish line.  You can imagine the condition of some of the cards were in at the finish--certainly crumpled and some wet from the sprinklers some neighbors put out for runners!  Of course, there were cards lost along with way and some runners would just keep on running without handing in their card.  But that’s how it was done.

The course itself had changed in distance, location and direction over the years.  This was in part to address State highway and Town traffic concerns and due to some weather events.  One year in the 80’s a bridge was washed out so the course was reversed in direction and re-routed until repairs were completed.

In just a few years the race became very popular and too big for the few who made it work.  As some of them were already members of Chester Rotary, the Club was happy to take it on.  The race continues to be managed by the club members and friends.  

We’re grateful to Bruce Watrous, Laurie Tomlinson, Richard Strauss, Leslie Strauss, Terry Schreiber, Jim Bairstow, Marion Bairstow, Peter Good, Jan Good and others for all your efforts in the early years of the race and making it so special.  Thank you!



Refer a Friend Awards

Refer a Friend: Earn Your Entry Fee Back !

When you sign up for the Four on the Fourth, you’re eligible to get your entry fee refunded when you refer friends and family to sign up.

Refer 5 friends - $20 of your registration fees will be refunded.

Follow these simple steps...
1. Sign up for the race.
2. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a unique referral link in your confirmation email to share with your friends, family or post on social media.
3. Get 5 friends to sign up using your unique referral link and you will automatically receive a $20 refund on your credit card. Cha-ching!
4. Congrats, you're a Four on the Fourth All Star!


Q: Where can I find my unique referral link?
A: Your unique URL can be found in:
 - Your registration confirmation email (register today!)
 - Your RunSignUp account: To find the URL, or the status of your referrals, log in to, click on My Profile, under Runner Links section (at the bottom), My Referrals.

Q: How do I get my $20?
A: Our system will automatically put $20 back on your credit card when the 5th referral is tracked to your unique referral URL. 

Q: Can I retroactively get credit for friend's I've referred?
A: Sorry, friends must register with your link at time of their registration. Those who sign up without your link can not be added to your referral count. Be sure they know to use your link when signing up.

**Chester Four on the Fourth reserves the right to cancel this program at any time. 

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