5K Road Race

The 17th Annual
The Petit Family Foundation
5K Road Race

 Sunday July 14, 2024

History of The Petit Family 5k Road Race

The The Petit Family 5k Road Race began in early 2008 by two brothers, Robert and Gary Heslin, who were classmates of Dr. William A. Petit, Jr. at Plainville High School, class of 1974. Together the three of them ran cross-country and track & field. In response to Dr. Petit’s request to do good things for others and to carry on the legacy of his wife and daughters, lifelong runners Robert and Gary decided that a USATF-certified 5k, point-to-point course would be the best option they could offer. There is also a 1.3mi Fitness Walk.

On behalf of the Petit Family 5k Road race, the Petit Family Foundation has awarded over $7.5 million in grants to programs and projects all over Connecticut, as well as the American Northeast and all across the United States.

Grants include:

  • Fellowship Place
  • Family Center, Inc.
  • Klingberg Family Centers
  • Survivors of Homicide
  • Boys & Girls Center of Bristol
  • Prudence Crandall
  • Hayley Petit Injury Prevention Fellowship at Connecticut Childrens Medical Center

See a complete list of our Grants Awarded

All proceeds will benefit The Petit Family Foundation.

The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives.

About the Petit Family Foundation

Our Impact

17 Years


$7.5 Mil. +

In Grants Awarded

My family went to the first annual, and now the second annual GE 5k to benefit the Petit Family Foundation. I confess that both times I welled up just before the start when Dr. Petit spoke to the runners. The event is quite well organized and well attended by folks from all over. My daughter traveled from Malden, MA to run with me in the race. My wife and some of her friends did the walk. We now consider this a family/friend tradition. It’s a shame that the race is organized due to a horrific tragic event, but if any good comes out of a tragedy, then this one is the best I’ve come across. This race is a must-do if you’re into community togetherness and generally care about people at all.

Community Voices

Registration & Fees

Registration for our 2024 event is no longer available. The event has passed.

Race Day Details

Schedule for July 14, 2024


Pre-Registered Pick-Up & Race Day New Registration (Day Of)

7:00AM – 8:30AM


Line up for the Race and Walk

8:45 AM Sharp!


FREE Kids Fun Run
(age 8 and under)

Starts at 8:30am
**In-Person Post Race Activities & Awards**


Start Time


Special Guest Appearance from Chaz and AJ WPLR.

The Course / Directions

Registration, Fitness Walk & 5K Road Race will begin at

Race Features


  • USTAF Certification No. CT08008JHP
  • We will be following all State of Connecticut recommendations for a safe road race including staggered start groups of 50 people or less.
  • Fitness walkers will start behind the 5K runners (1.3 mile course)
  • 3.1 mile completely flat course
  • Clocks at 1-mile and 2-mile markers
  • Mile splits at 1, 2, and 3 miles
  • Computerized timing and scoring by The Last Mile Racing

Event Photos