Stratton Faxon Road Race Attracts Record Crowd

The 29th Annual Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Race scheduled for June 28 at Fairfield’s Jennings Beach is expected to reach its 4,000 runner limit well before race day.

Sunday, June 28th, is expected to be a festive day. Fairfield’s Jennings Beach will be the scene of the 29th Annual Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Race. It will feature a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a 5K (3.1 miles), and a 1K Kids Fun Run.

Since its inception in1980, the event has been hosted by the Fairfield Firefighters. While this year’s race has been limited to 4,000 runners (with 3000+ already registered as of this writing), a full field is expected well before the day of the races. The event has grown in popularity with each passing year. Asserts race director Steve Lobdell, “While last year’s events drew a record crowd of 3,300, this year’s entries are 50% ahead of last year’s pace.”

The 2009 road race boasts several new additions. A Chrono Track timing system will add a new measure of precision. The disposable tag, or D-tag, eliminates the need for several organizational choke points. This innovation will allow athletes to spend more time focusing on their competition and less time waiting in lines. Easy to attach to a runner’s shoe, the D-tag is also far lighter and less intrusive than other timing tags and chips. For this year’s half-marathon event, all finishers will be receiving attractive “race completion” medals.

As always, sensory delights such as live bands and an optional sport massage will treat the runners along the courses. A post-race beach party will feature food, refreshments, live music, and an awards ceremony. Shower facilities, baggage claim, and free parking is available for participants. Technical running shirts will be given to the first 3,700 entrants in the half-marathon and 5K.

The Stratton Faxon law firm became the event’s Title Sponsor in 2007.

“We’re very excited about 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, where 10% of case fees are set aside to support charitable causes that help better the community or civil jury system. Adds Lobdell, “With the generous support of our sponsors, we can continue to put on a high-quality running event and raise even more money for charity.”

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