IRIS Run For Refugees 5K

February 3, 2019

Wilbur Cross High School

New Haven, CT

Run with us before the big game! The scenic 5K that runs through East Rock benefits IRIS, a non-profit organization that helps refugees begin their lives in Connecticut.

Location & Time: Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven, CT @ 10am

Parking: There are 5 parking lots available at Wilbur Cross High School (181 Mitchell Ave) as well as street parking. No additional designated race parking is available. No shuttle service!

Early Packet Pick-Up: Early packet pick-up is hosted by mActivity, 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT on Friday 2/1 from 12pm-6pm and Saturday 2/2 from 10am-4pm.

Raceday Schedule:

8:30am: Raceday packet pick-up & registration begins

10:00am: 5K Start

10:15am: Post-race party!

11:00am: Awards ceremony

Course Info: The course runs entirely through the scenic neighborhoods of East Rock. The flat course begins and finishes at Wilbur Cross High School. View course map here.

Do you live on the race course? View our TRAFFIC ADVISORY here. You can find the course map here.

Tech Tees: First 2,000 participants receive LONG SLEEVE TECH TEES! All remaining participants receive cotton tees.

Post-Race Party: Join us after the 5K for a delicious post-race party offering  international food, drinks, entertainment, an awards ceremony and more!

Awards: Top male & female finishers receive awards. Top three men & women finishers in each of the following divisions receive awards: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+. Awards also given to the top 3 biggest fundraisers.

If you have questions about IRIS Run for Refugees, please email or call (203) 481-5933.

IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services resettled 530 refugees last year! The mission of IRIS is to enable refugees and other displaced people to establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. Refugees are men, women and children who fled their countries of origin due to persecution on the basis of their race, nationality, religious belief, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Currently, IRIS’s refugee clients come from Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and other countries. IRIS provides refugees with housing, food, clothing, and services such as education, English training, job preparation and placement, health care, and immigration legal aid.

EARN COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY! Donate or fundraise $200 or more for IRIS and receive complimentary race entry! Your donation and fundraising efforts help IRIS provide a variety of services and support to refugees.

Runners Getaway Package! Upon registering, you’re automatically entered to win our Runners Getaway Package featuring a night at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, dinner for two at ROIA, plus free yoga and float therapy at Breathing Room Yoga Center & PuREST Float Center in downtown New Haven!

LODGING DEAL: Enjoy a special Run for Refugees rate of $169 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale between February 1-3. Reserve here or call 888-444-6664 by January 3rd.

RUNNERS PERKS: Local businesses thank you for supporting Run for Refugees. “Bring Your Bib” to these locations for special deals and freebies:

Breathing Room Yoga Center: Bring your bib for one free class anytime in February. Elm City Wellness: Bring your bib and take $15 off any massage between Feb. 3-8. PuREST Float Center: Bring your bib for 20% off a 60 minute float anytime in February.


Sponsorship opportunities are available! With your help, we can raise thousands of dollars for this worthy cause. Click here to view our view our sponsorship package! To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Zeenie Malik at


2018 IRIS Run for Refugees 5K Overall

2017 IRIS Run for Refugees 5K Overall

2016 IRIS Run for Refugees 5K Overall

For results from previous years, please refer to the JB Sports Race Results Database.