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Run for a Cause

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Run for fun, run for exercise, run for a cause, run to support our Boston neighbors – whatever your reason, there are a lot of opportunities to lace-up your sneakers and get moving. Several local towns are hosting races this coming weekend – Westport, Stamford, Danbury and Darien – here’s the run-down on the races. Pre-registration is required or recommended.

The Westport Young Women’s League is once again hosting the Minute Man 5 and 10K race on Sunday, April 28. Now in its 35th year, the race supports a large number of local charities throughout Fairfield County; everything from cancer care to women’s support networks to helping at-risk kids. The race begins at Westport’s Compo beach at 8:30am and includes a fun-run for kids.

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 Lyme Research Alliance will host its 2nd annual Race Against Lyme 5k Walk/Run starting at Cove Island Park in Stamford, CT. Race Against Lyme is part of the organization’s commitment to prevention, education, treatment and research activities related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The incidence of Lyme disease continues to rise in our state, especially among our children. The 5k Walk/Run, timed to help kick off Connecticut’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month, will cover a flat 5k loop on local neighborhood roads, ending back inside the Park. Children will have a chance to race on a loop course of their own inside the park. There will also be a ceremonial one-loop course for Lyme patients.

Dogs are always eager, wagging their tails and jumping for joy the minute they see their owners putting on sneakers for a jog together. While you and your pooch are on the move, you can help make a difference by participating in the first annual Run Your Tail Off 5K hosted by the Danbury Animal Welfare Society (also on Sunday, April 28). This is a unique 5K race as the participants will be running with their dogs! Or if you prefer you can run without your canine companion, or you can just walk. Proceeds are used to save the lives of our animal friends and operate the shelter. Last year, DAWS made a difference for more than 1,000 animals in need of care, including adoptions of over 700 homeless dogs and cats.

Also on the 28th in Darien, the YWCA of Darien and Norwalk will be hosting a 5-mile YW Race Against Racism for Empowering Women. Beginning at 8:00 am in Cherry Lawn Park. For runners, the 5-mile race will loop through Darien and Norwalk while walkers can participate with a new shorter 2-mile route. All proceeds from The YW Race will go to the YWCA Darien/Norwalk’s Community Service Programs. This program is designed to support women in lower Fairfield County across all aspects of the job search process with an individualized approach. Services include classes and tutoring to build computer skills, one-on-one resume writing assistance, and individual job search coaching.