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On August 25, 2019, Filling in the Blanks will host the Unite to Fight 5K, which will be held at the idyllic Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. The race will seek to build community and raise funds to help end childhood hunger in our local neighborhoods. Filling in the Blanks is a 501c3 nonprofit which fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends.
In Fairfield County, more than 33,000 children are not sure where their next meal will come from. Most will get breakfast and lunch from school every weekday, but many will go from Friday lunch until Monday at breakfast without a decent meal. Filling in the Blanks is an organization that fills in those weekend gaps by providing each child in its program with a bag filled with healthy food for the weekend. When the obstacle of food insecurity is removed, children experience increased academic achievement in school and increase opportunities for success in their lives.
Founded in 2013 by two Fairfield County residents, Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer, Filling in the Blanks is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has grown from serving 50 kids to serving more than 1,600 kids in Fairfield and Westchester counties.
The Unite to Fight event was inspired through the memory of Kristen Reynolds Ruth, a local kindergarten teacher, mother, and friend, who passed in 2011 after a 7 year battle with cancer. The event was created and is directed by her daughter, an NCHS alumni, Britt Gardella.
Schedule of Events:
7 AM Arrival check-in and registration
7:30AM-7:45AM Kids Fun Run
8 AM RACE START (Starting Gun)
10:30AM AWARDS AND RAFFLE
Early check-in at New Balance in New Canaan:
10:00AM – 2:00PM Saturday, August 24
The race will take place rain of shine
THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF T-SHIRT IF YOU REGISTER AT THE RACE. REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE A SHIRT
Race registration and check-in will begin at 7:00 AM in the front right parking lot of New Canaan High School, near the grass fields on Farm Rd. For those unable to make the 7 AM check-in on the 25th, due to church or other obligations, you can receive your race packets and complete early check-in at New Balance in New Canaan on the 24th. There will be food and water provided at the finish line. The kids Fun Run with start 7:30AM. The 5K race will begin at 8:00 AM. At 10:30 there will be an announcing of awards followed by final remarks.
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