The Donnelly Dash Community Challenge

Sun April 26, 2020 Fairfield, CT 06824 US Directions
Donnelly Dash cancellation notice

With town, state, and federal mandates we must cancel our event which celebrates the lives of Tim & Kim.  We will be in touch if you preregistered with options you can choose regarding your registration fee.


We wish we could postpone and reschedule but it is not possible to predict the school availability and whether the vendors we require will be available.  


Thank you for your support and understanding. We miss you. 

Here Are Your Options:

Your entry fee will be used as a donation to our charity partners and will be fully tax deductible.  A small portion of the registration fee may be used to help cover costs. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at another event soon AND the Donnelly Dash next year. 

We understand this is a very difficult time for Everyone. The refund process will take some time. Runsignup is experiencing tens of thousands of requests and we will need to deposit money back to them to cover the reg fee.  In addition a refund fee will be taken out by RSU and possibly the CC company. Thanks for your patience. 

We hope you can join us next year.

Tomlinson Middle School
200 Unquowa Rd
Fairfield, CT US 06824


There is no firm new date as of now. We will post updates here and send all information and options to everyone who is pre-registered as of  3/15/20. Thank you for your support, patience and understanding. 

Registration for this event is closed until further notice.

The mission of our event is to celebrate the lives of Tim & Kim Donnelly and to remember the spirit and heart that they shared with the community. Tragically taken on Feb 2, 2005 - they had a long-lasting and loving effect on everyone who met them and the many who shopped in their family jewelry store. 

We run & walk every year since then with their spirit in us. We offer a 3.5mi run, a 1.5mi walk, and a free kids run.

Since 2012 we have supported the Fairfield Police Explorers Post and the Fairfield Police Union Scholarship Fund with donations from our event. 

This year, in memory of Tim and Kim, and the thousands of lives lost each year to gun violence, we are proud to partner with MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA - a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.  Moms Demand Action is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.  We hope you will consider additional donations this year to any of our non-profit partners.

Both our run and walk courses are very family-friendly, they are fairly flat & have very few turns. 


We thank our PREMIER PARTNER - the Gaelic American Club on 74 Beach Rd. for their generosity & support.

With your paid entry everyone 21 & over can join us after the event at the club for a free beer (must have your bib with you). Soft drinks are available for everyone and the 20 and younger.  Their kitchen will be open for brunch/lunch serving terrific food.  






  • 10am-12  PRE reg pickup and late registration at SoundRunner 1596 Post Rd, Fairfield

SUNDAY 4/26 

  • 7:45-9am   PRE reg pickup and late registration in the gym at Tomlinson Middle School
  • 8:30am  FREE Kids Runs on the field behind the school. Directed by Donna Cramond
  • 9am  START 1.5mi untimed walk/end of 3.5 mi late registration
  • 9:10am  START 3.5mi timed run/walk
  • 9:20am   Food & fluids available
  • 10am   Awards, prizes, raffle

Our online registration ENDS 4/24 at 8pm. It is all-inclusive- There are no added online charges for either distance.



  • Ages 19-69 - $30 ($35 on race day)
  • 18 & under  -  $20
  • 70+  - $25.
  • The kids run is free. 

LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE  Saturday April 25 from 10am-12 at SoundRunner in Fairfield and Sunday 4/26 onsite from 7:45-9am.

  • Great shirts will be available WITH SIZING GUARANTEED thru April 12. After that, any give-aways will be sized "as available".  Do your best to pre-register in time. 
  • Great post-run/walk food will be on hand.



We hope that you will add your business name to this impressive and growing list and help us reach new donation levels in the name of Tim & Kim Donnelly and in support of the amazing work done by Moms Demand Action volunteers, who work tirelessly to enact common sense guns laws that improve the safety of our communities and protect us from gun violence. Please click link below for Sponshorship information.


FUNDRAISING- NEW THIS YEAR- Donate $75 for any of our charities- receive a FREE entry. Please email the race director to let him know if you have done this.


Race Director
Marty Schaivone, with 30 years of experience (and a friend of the Donnelly family) has coordinated this event since Tim & Kim were taken from us. MS Running Productions directs & consults on more than 50 run & Walk events in CT, including the MADD Dash & Turkey Trot in Stratford, Great Pumpkin in Trumbull & the Colony Grill Hot Oil & Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in Fairfield. Contact Marty at for sponsor/partnership opportunities.  The 2020 MSRP schedule will be posted at 

We appreciate “You Name It”  returning as a community partner. Anthony Kelly has been a friend to the Donnelly Family for over two decades.



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