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Julia's Run for Children

Sun April 28, 2024 New Haven, CT 06511 US Directions


TIMED 5K RUN/walk age 19 & over

10:00AM EDT
Open to ages 19 - 99.

UNTIMED 5K walk only 19 & over

10:00AM EDT
Open to ages 19 - 99.

TIMED 5K RUN/walk age 18 & under

10:00AM EDT
Open to ages 1 - 18.

UNTIMED 5K walk only age 18 & under

10:00AM EDT
Open to ages 1 - 18.


Edgewood Park
New Haven, CT US 06511


Our location is the beautiful and peaceful Edgewood Park, just off Whalley Ave in the Westville section of New Haven. This scenic park has a rich history! It was designed in 1910 by Frederick Law Olmsted JR. (His dad designed Central Park in NYC as well as many others in CT and beyond.)


OUR 5K COURSE-  will stay within the park on its primary roads. It will travel by West River and the ponds within its borders. It’s safe, quiet, scenic, and NO Cars!
The 5k Course map link- 
The route starts and ends near the pavilion in the park. It travels out on the park road 1/2 mile. It turns around and returns to the start area point. It then goes back out for one full mile. The turn around is at the far end of the park and it returns to the finish- just past the start- to cover the 3.11 mi distance. 
Please ENLARGE the course map so you can see the short half mile out & back followed by the one mile out and back. There will be cones, signs and volunteers at key points to make sure you are on course correctly and not impeding oncoming runners.

All abilities and ages are welcome and encouraged to join us to run, walk, and also enjoy the kids only run.


Our events are dedicated to celebrating the life of Julia Rusinek and honoring the ideals for which she lived. Julia was a student at Yale and devoted herself to improving the lives of those in need. As a college student at Yale University, she dedicated her summers and her free time to working with or on behalf of underprivileged children. 


The mission of the Julia Rusinek Memorial Fund is to support children through programming aimed at developing leadership skills, a love of literature and writing, and dedication to athleticism.

Our event proceeds benefit LEAP, an important partner with the New Haven school system.

DONATIONS -THE JULIA RUSINEK MEMORIAL FUND - USE OUR DONATION BUTTON ON THIS PAGE. The Fund was established so that Julia’s commitment to children could live on through direct interactions with children and financial support of educational activities and enrichment programs. It is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization with virtually no operating expenses.  The Fund has no paid staff and only accrues minimal operating costs. 
If you'd like more information on Julia and her memorial fund please visit 


All donations from this event into the Julia Rusinek Memorial Fund will go directly to our charity partner -- LEAP (Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership) which works directly with the New Haven Public Schools.

LEAP is an academic, social enrichment, and leadership training program for children and youth from high-poverty neighborhoods in New Haven, CT. Information about LEAP is available at www. 


SWAG - Specially designed shirts, guaranteed size until 4/14. After that shirts are 'as available' - and we could run out. 


REGISTRATION - is online only- even on race day!

NO paper entries and NO cash will be accepted.

This Runsignup site will remain open until ten minutes before the start of the run/walk. 




ONLY TIMED 5K Participants are eligible for awards.


Or you can walk the entire 5K and not be timed.
Your bib will not have a computer chip on it. 




Our kids' run will NOT be timed - it will be 3/4 mile.  
It is non-competitive. Parents/guardians can accompany their children.

All children finishing will receive a medal! 


Registration fees are the same for the timed 5K run/walk


1/12 - 1/31   $28  19 & up        $20  18 & younger 

2/1  -  2/29   $30  19 & up           same as above

3/1  -  4/21   $33  19 & up        $22.50 

4/22 - 4/28  $35   19 & up        $25


$5  Kids Fun Run - We encourage 10yrs & younger (registration is recommended) The fee does not change from now till race day.  

CC fee is paid by the race for all ages- not by you!



April 14- cut off for guaranteed t-shirt sizing. After that 'as available'

Sunday April 28-from the Pavilion at Edgewood Park  

8:30 am - pickup starts for bibs, shirts, swag, & late registration (online only)

9:40  am - Kids Fun Run - 3/4 mile- not timed

10:00 am - START of all 5k events, snacks & fluids to follow

10:30 am - Awards given, (or sooner if timer has them ready)


AWARDS - Only participants in the timed 5k are eligible.    


WOODBRIDGE RUNNING COMPANY - is our Premier Prize Sponsor.
                  Thanks to CHRIS DICKERSON for his support of our event. 

WRC will be awarding gift cards to the Top male, female & nonbinary finishers.

WRC Gift cards will also be awarded to age group champions.

WOODBRIDGE RUNNING COMPANY is located on 7 Landin St in Woodbridge


BRING YOUR BIB TO WRC BY MAY 31 and receive 10% off your purchase!



1st place M & F overall, 1st & 2nd for ages 9 & under, 10-13,

3 deep in 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+  


POST RUN - ready to go food & snacks, water bottles   


PARKING - There are parking lots within the park that are also open to the public. There is also a great deal of street parking. BUT- Please arrive early! It is a Sunday, the park is open as are area businesses. Parking may be tight!


DIRECTIONS/PARKING- Edgewood Park is a wonderful venue and is also used by the public. There is tennis, basketball, a dog park, and a skate park open to the public and busy on weekends. Do your best to be on the early side for parking in the lot (which holds about 60 cars). After that, it is all on the street and local business lots. The best park lot to use is off West Rock Ave.   The front lot, off Whalley Ave, will be CLOSED. 


GPS/GOOGLE MAP- You can use ‘MANJARES’ (a great coffee shop/restaurant) which is located at 382 West Rock Ave. New Haven as an address. The parking lot entrance is right across the street at the park. You can also park on W. Rock Ave. If there are no spots left you can cross Whalley Ave and go up Fitch St - less than a 1/4 mile north is a huge lot on the left, open to the public.  


Use this link to the Edgewood Park Skate Park in your GPS it will also get you there. It is pinned to the entrance off of West Rock Ave where you can park. 
DO NOT use (just) Edgewood Park because it could direct you to Edgewood Ave! 


IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD- Looking to stay for a bit? Besides Manjares there are some terrific places just a short walk away. You will love Bellas Cafe on Whalley Ave., and just North of that is the Cat Cafe and Pistachios.





Lead Sponsor

Comcast - Western New England Region


Friend Level Sponsors 

Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
Town Fair Tire  


Neighbor Level Sponsors 

Cynthia Mann, MD

Hands On Moving

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers

Yale University


In-Kind Sponsors
AMR Ambulance
Edge of the Woods Market
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers

Sound Runner/Marathon Sports

Starbucks, Chapel Street New Haven
Trader Joes, Orange
Yale University Jonathan Edwards College


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