Registration is now open for the first annual RA5K and Fun Run being held by Ridgefield Academy, an independent, co-ed day school for children in preschool through eighth grade. The event will be held Sunday, May 20, at Ridgefield Academy, 223 West Mountain Road in Ridgefield, Conn.  

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The RA5K was created to honor the outgoing head of the school, Jim Heus, who has led it for 19 years.
“Running has long been an important part of my life, both as a supporter of RA’s student-athletes and an active member of the Ridgefield running community,” Heus said. “As my wife and I move on and begin a new chapter in our lives, I’m proud to welcome the public to our beautiful campus to meet the challenge of my home course.”

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The event begins with an 8 a.m. Fun Run for children age 10 and under, held entirely on the Ridgefield Academy campus.

Following the Fun Run, the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and trace a hilly and scenic 3.1-mile course through adjacent neighborhoods. Roads will be open to motorists during the race, with traffic assistance by the Ridgefield police and fire departments. All finishers and families are invited to a post-race awards ceremony featuring entertainment, refreshments and performances by Ridgefield Academy students.

Registration for the RA5K is $40 in advance and $45 on race day. Fun Run registration is $15. Pre-registrants will receive T-shirts and goodie bags; shirts are not guaranteed for race day registrants. Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ridgefield Academy, and Saturday, May 19, from noon to 5 p.m. at Ridgefield Running Company.  

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