Registration is now open for the Wilton Education Foundation‘s (WEF) Get Smart for Wilton 5K, which will be held on Sunday, May 29 and is being presented by Blue Buffalo and other community partners in support of WEF. This family-friendly charity event is a chip-timed race on a USATF certified course and attracts runners of all levels, from elite racers to beginners, raising visibility and funds to support the Wilton Public Schools.

The fundraiser’s 5K route starts and ends at the Wilton High School track, featuring Cider Mill and Wilton High School prominently along the course. About 300 runners participate each year, making for a high-spirited and celebratory atmosphere. High school athletes join elite local runners, teachers, seniors, and moms and dads running with their kids and sometimes pushing jogging strollers, for the run.

Cash prizes are given to the top three male and female runners, and awards go to the top three runners in each division. Pre-registered participants receive a T-shirt. Runners of all ability levels are welcome and proceeds from the race will support enrichment opportunities for Wilton public school students. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 9 a.m..

A local group of Wilton runners called ‘Skirtz‘ is guiding the organization of the event for the first year, with many other volunteers—from the school superintendent to WEF board members to Wilton friends and family—contributing their time and cheering on the runners. Many local businesses contribute to the 5K, and are recognized on the race T-shirt and other materials each year.

Registration is open online. Pre-registration fees are $27 for adults, $25 for runners 13 and younger; race-day registration costs $30 for adults and $25 for runners ages 13 and younger.

The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) is a non‐profit charitable organization, whose mission is to grant competitive advantages to our schools. The Foundation is dedicated to enriching the learning experience of Wilton’s public school students by providing ongoing professional development for teachers, the latest in innovative and interactive teaching tools, support for music and the arts, and “beyond the classroom” experiences that provide students with the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Last year, WEF donated $100,000 to the schools to benefit Wilton students in areas including technology; fine and performing arts; science, engineering and mathematics; K‐5 literacy materials; and professional development.