The 25th Julia’s Run for Children

Sunday April 28, 2024 in Edgewood Park, New Haven, CT

The run celebrates the life of Julia Rusinek and honors the ideals for which she lived. She dedicated her summers and her free time to working with children. Run proceeds will go to our charity partner LEAP (Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership). LEAP is an academic, social enrichment, and leadership training program for children and youth from high-poverty neighborhoods in New Haven, CT. LEAP is perfectly aligned with our and Julia's mission to support children through developing leadership skills, a love of literature and writing, and dedication to athleticism.

The run will take place in the scenic Edgewood Park, in the Westville section of New Haven. Edgewood Park was designed in 1910 by Frederick Law Olmstead who also designed the Central Park in NYC. Our 5k course stays entirely within the park, on its primary road running by West River and the ponds. The route is safe, quiet, scenic, and there are NO cars.


All abilities and ages are welcome and encouraged to join us to run, walk, and enjoy the kids run. You have two choices:

  • be computer-timed as you run or walk the 5K,  or
  • walk the entire 5K and not be timed. Your bib will not have a computer chip on it.

The fees are the same for the timed vs untimed registrants:

Eventbefore Mar 13/1-4/214/22-4/28
run/walk, age 19+$30$33$35
run/walk, 18 & under$18$22.50$25
kid's 3/4 mile fun run$5$5$5


Online only -- even on race day!  NO paper entries. NO cash accepted. The button below will send you to the registration site

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

Awards and freebies

Large trophies are given to the 1st place M & F champions. Trophies are also awarded three-deep in age groups:
9 & under, 10-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ and higher if preregistered.
Only timed 5K participants are eligible for trophy awards.

SoundRunner-Branford will be awarding gift cards to the top male and top female runners.

All children finishing will receive a medal.

Registrants receive specially designed t-shirts. We can secure your t-shirt size only if you register before April 14th.

Post run snacks and water

Schedule on Sunday April 28

  • 8:00 am        - pickup starts for bibs, shirts, swag, & late registration
  • 9:40 am        - kids Fun Run - 3/4 mile, not timed
  • 10:00 am      - start of the 5k run/walk
  • ~10:35 am   - award ceremony


The run takes place in the Edgewood Park, just off Whalley Ave in the Westville section of New Haven. The route starts and ends near the pavilion / skate park. For driving directions use:

  • ‘Manjares New Haven’ (a great coffee shop/restaurant)
  • '382 W Rock Ave New Haven'
  • 'Edgewood Park Skate Park' will also get you there.

DO NOT use just 'Edgewood Park' as it may direct you to Edgewood Ave, about 1 mile from the start line.


There is some parking within the Edgewood Park and a great deal of street parking. But on Sunday the park and area businesses are open, so parking may be tight. If you arrive early, try the public in-the-park lot which holds about 60 cars. Otherwise try parking on

  • West Rock Ave, or
  • Fitch St, 1/4 mile north. There is a large parking lot open to the public.

Run course

The course travels out from the pavilion on the park road for 1/2 mile. It returns to the start area point and then goes back out for one full mile. At the turn around it returns to finish to cover the 3.11 mi distance.


Edgewood Park is a wonderful public venue with tennis, basketball, a dog park, and a skate park. There are some terrific caffees a short walk away:

  • Manjares, a great coffee shop/restaurant
  • Bellas Cafe on Whalley Ave
  • Cat Cafe, and
  • Pistachios.