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Friday, January 21, 2011

2011 Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Races become 2-days and 2 events

One of the more popular road races in the state is changing its format so we wanted to pass this press release along.

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Due to the overwhelming growth of the Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Races, race organizers have decided the 31st annual event will take place over 2 days in 2011. The 5K takes place Saturday, June 25th and the Half Marathon on Sunday, June 26th at Fairfield’s Jennings Beach. Last year’s race had nearly 5,000 participants, this year the 5K is capped at 1,500 and the Half Marathon at 4,500. Over 1,000 runners have already entered the races. The event has been hosted from its inception by the Fairfield’s Firefighters.

Steve Lobdell, Race Director, explains “In 2009 we sold out a week before the race and in 2010 we sold out nearly a month before the event. Our plan is that by spreading the Half Marathon and 5K over 2 days we can accommodate more runners and raise more money for charity.”

The Fairfield Road Races are a non-profit organization that, with the help of its participants, has contributed over $1 million to non-profit groups in the past. Lobdell states, "This past year alone $350,000 was raised for the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Giant Steps, John Patrick Flanagan Foundation, Fairfield YMCA and a number of other local charities." Runners can get a free entry into this year’s race by raising money for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

“We are very excited to return as Title Sponsor of the Fairfield races and are proud to support an event that gives so much back to the community,” said Michael Stratton, partner of Stratton Faxon. Sponsoring the race is part of Stratton Faxon's 10% philosophy. That is, that 10% of case fees are set aside to support charitable causes that help better the community or civil jury system.

For event information, visit or call (203) 481-5933. The Stratton Faxon Law Firm became the event’s Title Sponsor in 2007.


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