Minute Man Race

APRIL 28TH, 2024| Westport, CT

The WYWL will host its​ ​45th Minute Man Race on Sunday, April 28th, 2024 at Compo Beach.

The main event consists of a certified USA Track and Field 10K Run, 5K Run, and 5K Walk. The Kids Fun Run includes a 50-yard dash, 100-yard dash, 1/2 mile run, and 1-mile run, featuring a Kids Zone during and after the race. Race net proceeds will directly benefit charities located in lower Fairfield County, CT.




Image: Racers at start line

Event Details

Race Distances

10K Run (6.2 miles)
5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles)

Kids Fun Run Distances

50 yard dash (ages 3-5)

100 yard dash (Ages 6-7)

1/2 mile (Ages 8-9)

1 mile (Ages 10-12)

Awards: 5K Run & 10K Run

1st, 2nd & 3rd place male & female
in the following age groups:
17 & under | 18-29 | 30-39 | 40-49
50-59 | 60-69 | 70+

Awards: Kids Fun Runs

Medals for age 8 and up – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boy and girl. All other children participating will receive a ribbon.

Kids Fun Run Schedule

8:10 – 8:25AM – Warm Ups
8:30AM – 50 yard dash (ages 3-5, boys/girls)
8:35AM – 100 yard dash (ages 6-7, boys/girls)
8:45AM – 1/2 mile race (age 8, boys/girls)
8:55AM – 1/2 mile race   (age 9, boys/girls)
9:05AM – 1 mile race (age 10, boys/girls)
9:15AM – 1 mile race (age 11, boys/girls)
9:25AM – 1 mile race (age 12, boys/girls)

10K Run & 5K Run/Walk Schedule

8:10 – 8:20AM – Announcements
8:20 – 8:25AM – Warm Ups
8:25 – 8:30AM- National Anthem
8:30AM – 5K Run Start
8:40AM – 10K Run Start
8:40AM – 5K Walk Start, after 10K Run
Post event – Visit our Sponsor tables & take pictures at our WYWL photo area

Please note: Participants with strollers must line up at the back of the pack for safety reasons.

Please note: No dogs allowed.

Course Map


Parking is located in a designated area within the gates at Compo Beach or the adjacent Soundview dirt parking lot. No beach sticker needed; parking is free.



Courtesy of our Registration Sponsor – Performance Optimal Health

Location: Performance Optimal Health

333 Post Rd W, 1st Floor, Westport, CT 06880

Pre-Race Registration and Bib Pick Up Dates:

Thursday, April 25th 5pm-8pm

Saturday, April 27th  9am-1pm

By participating in this race, you are contributing to a great cause!  We have distributed over $4.3 million in grants since 1956!  View some of our Grant recipients at wywl.com/grants.



Email us at minuteman@wywl.com


Minute Man Sponsors

Thank you to our generous 2024 sponsors.


Platinum Sponsor:


Registration & Rose Gold Sponsors:


Gold Sponsors:


Kids Gold Sponsors:


Silver Sponsors:


Bronze Sponsors:


Media, Water, and Food Sponsors:


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Minute Man Race t-shirts included with my registration?

Register online by April 1, 2021 to receive a t-shirt. At bib pick-up, you will receive the t-shirt size you selected online.

What is the refund policy?

All entry fees are non-refundable. This is a charity event; consider it a donation to local and/or education-based charities in lower Fairfield County, who are determined through our WYWL Grants process. View the complete list of grant recipients at wywl.com/grants.

Are there amenities offered to participants before the race?

Yes, a Runner’s Services station will be open before and after the race with water, fruit and crackers. There will also be a separate food station at the Kids Fun Run area.

Are there bathrooms in the race area?

Yes, bathroom facilities are located near the main pavilion, marina, and skate park.

Is there a map of the race course?

Yes, you can find it here.

Are there water stations on the course?


Can I transfer my entry to another runner?

This must be arranged before race day. No race day transfers. Email Minute Man Co-Chair at CoMinuteMan@wywl.com to make arrangements or complete the transfer online at Active.com.

Can I participate in the 5K Run/Walk or 10K while my child runs in the Kids Fun Run?

No, unfortunately these events happen simultaneously. Please note, you must be with your children at all times.

Are strollers allowed in the 5K Run/Walk and 10K race?

Yes, however, strollers must line up behind the runners at the back of the pack.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed at the beach. However, service dogs are always welcome.