5K Holiday Run for Toys Sunday

Stratford based William B. Meyer, Inc will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 2015. To kick off the celebration, company president Tom Gillon invited all Meyer employees and their families to join him and his family to “Run into 100” at the William B. Meyer Fairfield 5k Holiday Run for Toys, a race that the company has sponsored for a decade.

Gillon offered to donate $10 per runner to Operation Hope, the Fairfield nonprofit that serves the homeless and hungry. True to form, 120 Meyer employees and their families accepted Gillon’s invite and will be “Running into 100” on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Fairfield’s Scandinavian Club, 1351 S. Pine Creek Road, Fairfield. The company will also be posting pictures from the race on their Facebook page and donating an additional $1 per page like and/or race photo share to Operation Hope.

The flat course, which loops through neighborhoods and wooded trails (weather permitting), is perfect for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.

Runners (and walkers) in last year’s race ranged from 6 to 88 years old.

Advance race registration ends Friday, Dec. 19.

All runners are asked to bring an unwrapped toy appropriate for a child age 1-16. Toys brought to this year’s race will be donated to Newtown Kindness/Charlotte Bacon Foundation and Bridgeport Hospital to help ensure a happier holiday season for all.

“We collected over 400 toys at last year’s Meyer Holiday 5k, and hope to collect more this year, said Fairfield Police Sgt. Ed Kovac.

Times: 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m., Kids Fun Run, 9:30 a.m., 5k starts; 10:30 a.m., awards ceremony

Kids 18 and under $5; Adults 19-69 $10; adults 70+ free.

Also, bring a new unwrapped toy suitable for ages 1-16.

For more information, and to register, visit runsignup.com/Race/CT/Fairfield/TheHoliday5kRunForToys or visit facebook.com/williambmeyer for a link to registration.

The Meyer Fairfield Holiday 5k has been directed by Marty Schaivone, MS Running Productions.

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