The goal of this race is to raise funds & awareness of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) and has been taking place for over a decade. This year they had just over 2,500 participants; it's a great crowd of people. There are definitely some serious/fast runners, but this race is a good fit for someone who runs for fun, rather than time, or just wants to walk a 5K.
Part of the first mile and last mile are running through a park with some enjoyable scenery. The rest of the race is primarily residential/small business in downtown New Haven, which was fine. It is mercifully flat, giving how hilly this part of CT can be. And there were plenty of police & race staff keeping everyone safe & on track.
One aid station around mile 2, but was unprepared for the number of runners- if you wanted a drink, you were probably going to be held up longer than you want.
They seemed to have a decent after party, but again, be prepared to wait for any of the drinks/snacks other than plain 'ol water. When I finished running the line to get into the celebration (and the bathroom!?!?) was so long, we opted not to wait.