The Donnelly Dash Community Challenge

Sun April 14, 2019 Fairfield, CT US 06824 Directions
Tomlinson Middle School
200 Unquowa Rd
Fairfield, CT US 06824

The goal 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 announce a NEW, additional partnership. Thanks to Tara Donnelly Gottlieb we will also be working 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.

We thank the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra for the six year partnership with the Donnelly Dash and will continue to work with them in the future. 

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

The untimed 1.5mi walk starts at 9am- 10 minutes prior to the run -so that the first 4/10 mile of the course is clear for the runners. There are NO awards for this event.

The timed 3.5 mi run starts at 9:10amAWARDS- Overall M & F champions, 1st/2nd/3rd in age groups  


Our online registration ENDS 4/12 at 8pm. It is all inclusive- There are no added online charges for either distance.

Ages 19-69 are $30, 18 & under is $20, 70 & over is $25. The kids run is free. 

LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE  Saturday April 13 from 10am-12 at SoundRunner in Fairfield and Sunday onsite from 7:45-9am.

Late fees for ALL adults 19 & over in both events increase to $35. Age 18 & under REMAINS at $20- no increase. The kids run is FREE.

Great shirts will be available WITH SIZING GUARANTEED thru April 6. After that any give-aways will be sized "as available".  Do your best to pre- register in time. THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE THAT NO SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LATE REGISTRATIONS.

Great post run/walk food will be on hand including the Taco Loco truck.


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 available for everyone and the 20 and younger.  Their kitchen will be open for brunch/lunch serving terrific food.

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

We welcome donations of ANY amount for our non-profit organizations. Sponsor opportunities are also available at a variety of levels as well. Please contact our Race Director below for information on how you can help.

FUNDRAISING- NEW THIS YEAR- Raise $50 for any of our charities- receive a $10 discount towards your entry fee. Raise $75 and your entry fee will be waived. Please email the race director to let him know if you have done this.

Let your friends & family know about our really great events. Our courses are easy, there are great shirts, tasty food, and always some extra goodies thrown in.

SATURDAY 4/13  10am-12  PRE reg pickup and late registration at SoundRunner 1596 Post Rd, Fairfield

SUNDAY 4/14   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

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 2019 MSRP schedule will be posted at 

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