‘Track Friday’ celebrates health, community

For the third straight year, a group of volunteers is seeking to inspire charity, health and community spirit on Black Friday with a community walk from 9 a.m. to noon at Trumbull High School. The event, called Track Friday, is one of 20 such gatherings in the country, and the only one in Connecticut, according to organizer Heidi Langan.

“On Track Friday, participants everywhere become personal advocates for causes they care about by heading out for a run or walk and making a donation of any amount to any charity,” Langan said.

Track Friday is designed to eliminate many of the typical pressures of charity race events, Langan said. There are no intimidating distances, no fund-raising targets, and no minimum donations. There also is no sign-up or registration fee, she said.

“We think that money is put to better use by making a donation a charity. Since participants choose which charities are represented, it’s easy to find a cause close to your heart,” Langan said.

Since 2012 Track Friday has raised more than $150,000. This year, Langan said, she is trying to put together teams to boost participation and giving.

“Trumbull High School cross country girls are raising for Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, Tashua Elementary School has a team, and middle schooler Jaden Buchetto is fund-raising for animals affected by the recent hurricane,” Langan said. “We are currently at $8,000 raised, so many worthwhile charities will benefit from this day.”

In addition to runners and walkers on the THS track, Julia Sterling Hepfer will be coaching a stretching/yoga session, and a local couple donated family board games for the first 100 attendees.

The Trumbull donation page is https://trackfriday.razoo.com/team/H4fitness.