Wingathlon Road Closure Notice
The First Annual Newtown Wingathlon, to benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, will take place on the morning of Saturday, May 2. Travelers can expect delays and some road closures between the hours of 8 am and noon, in and around Fairfield Hills and southern Newtown, and are asked to watch out for runners and bicyclists.
The Wingathlon comprises two events: a competitive duathlon (5K run, 24K cycling ride, and another 5K run) and a separate Family 5K. The duathlon will start at 9 am, followed by the Family 5K at approximately 9:30, after the duathletes have transitioned to their bikes and left Fairfield Hills.
All the 5K routes use the popular Fairfield Hills route and roads affected will be around the campus and Mile Hill South and Nunnawauk. The duathlon’s cycling section departs from 1st Street within Fairfield Hills, south to Simpson Street; northwest to Keating Farms Avenue; and south to Mile Hill Road South.
From there, bicyclers will continue to Turkey Hill Road South, out to Pecks Lane, and then out to Main Street South. The route heads north on Main Street South/Route 25, before turning onto Huntingtown Road, and continuing out to Maltbie, Castle Meadow, and then Hattertown Road, turning onto Eden Hill and Hi Barlow. From Hi Barlow, riders will return to Hattertown Road and retrace the route back to Fairfield hills.
The section of South Main Street affected by Saturday’s event will be patrolled by the Newtown Police department and could include temporary road closures. Drivers are asked to be particularly vigilant on all these roads. The route can be found linked on the event website.
The route for the Family 5K will include trails within the campus, as well as 1st Street and Keating Farms Avenue. Off campus roads that are covered by the runners include Mile Hill Road South and Nunnawauk Road.
Family 5K Openings
Registration for the duathlon closed April 30, but those who would like to participate in the 5K can still register the day before or the morning of the events.
In-person registration for 5K can be is available in person at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street, from between 3 and 8 pm on Friday, May 1, as well as Saturday between 7 and 9 am. Cost is $40 for adults and $20 for children.
For course details and additional information on the giveaways, including equipment from Skullcandy and Cannondale, visit dylanswingsofchange.org/#!wingathlon/cvh2
The Family 5K will run rain or shine, and only be canceled in the case of severe weather. The duathlon may be postponed to later in the year if the race director considers any wet roads unsafe for cycling at high speed, after consultation with the Newtown Police Department.
An e-mail will go to all preregistered attendees by approximately 6:30 am if either race has to be canceled or postponed. The announcement will be posted on the event website, dylanswingsofchange.org.
All preregistered entrants are urged to check their e-mail before heading out to the race on Saturday, and everyone else to check the website for updates.