5K Road Race

The Petit Family Foundation
5K Road Race


The 2020 Petit Family Road Race has been cancelled due to COVID-19. There will be a virtual road race held in its place.

July 19, 2020

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 Kid’s Fun Run of about one-quarter mile, in which all children who run receive a medal for their participation.

On behalf of the Petit Family 5k Road race, the Petit Family Foundation has awarded over $3.5 million in grants to programs and projects all over Connecticut, as well as the American Northeast and all across the United States.

Grants include:

  • Channel 3 Kids Camp
  • Childrens’ Museum Inc.
  • Goodwin College Nursing
  • Interval House
  • Emerge Inc.
  • Domestic Violence Crisis 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

Mil. Dollars
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

See details below regarding fees and timing.


The 2020 Petit Family Road Race has been cancelled due to COVID-19. There will be a virtual road race held in its place.

5K Road Race:
Entry fee is $30.00 up until July 17th, and $35.00 on race day.

Fitness Walk (1.3 mi):
Entry fee is $30.00 up until noon on July 17th, and $35.00 on race day.

Kids’ Fun Run (Under 8 years old):
No registration required.

The PDF registration form that participants can download and mail in should have the following information printed:

Make checks payable to:
Petit Family Foundation

Registration payment can be mailed to:
Petit Family Foundation
PO Box 310 Plainville,
CT. 06062

Race Day Details


Schedule for July 19, 2020


7:00 – 8:30 AM

Pre-Registration Pickup / Registration


8:30 AM

Kids’ Fun Run


9:00 AM

5K Race / Fitness Walk

The Course / Directions

Registration, Kid’s Fun Run, Fitness Walk & 5K Road Race will begin at

Race Features


  • USTAF Certification No. CT08008JHP
  • T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered 5K & Fitness Walk participants and the first 100 race day entrants.
  • Kid’s Fun Run – Open to children 8 & under – Free Ribbons/Prizes for all.
  • Fitness walkers will start behind the 5K runners (1.3 mile course)
  • 1 water station
  • 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
  • Post-race award ceremony

Event Photos