IRIS Run for Refugees

IRIS Run for Refugees

IRIS Run for Refugees

( 1 review )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • New Haven,
    United States
  • February
  • 3 miles/5K
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Kate Dahl

Gales Ferry, Connecticut, United States
6 2
"A Nice Race for a Great Cause"
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Kate Dahl's thoughts:

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.

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