For years, the Minute Man Race has been a late-April Westport fixture.
When the Westport Young Woman’s League ran the first one — way back in 1978, during the Carter administration — it was ahead of its time.
It’s still here. The 38th annual Minute Man Race — actually, a 10K, 5K walk (untimed) and Kids’ Fun Run — is set for this Sunday (May 1), at the traditional starting and ending point: Compo Beach.
The starter’s gun goes off every year, rain or shine. The race is still on this year, despite construction of a new walkway at Compo, and renovation of the parking lot.
The Minute Man Race is one of the Young Woman’s League’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Last year, participants helped fund over $75,000, which the League distributed to 31 charities — all in lower Fairfield County.
Westport racers are a hardy bunch. A couple of sawhorses won’t stop them!
(To register for Sunday’s Minute Man Race, click here. Online registration is open until Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. In-person registration takes place at Performance Physical Therapy, 333 Post Road East, on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or at the Compo Beach pavilion on race day, Sunday May 1, from 7 to 8 a.m. — provided the cap of 1,500 participants has not been reached.)