Run The Gauntlet

Do you have what it takes to Run The Gauntlet?

Participate in Connecticut’s only beach front obstacle race! The 6th Annual Run the Gauntlet 5k returns to Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven on Sunday, October 22nd.

The course will feature 15+ man-made and natural obstacles throughout the beach and trails of New Haven’s Lighthouse Point Park. After the race participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party featuring the Old World Pizza Trucks, Thimble Island Brewing Company, and live entertainment.

Proceeds from Run the Gauntlet support the Denali Foundation Scholarship Fund for children attending Soundview Family YMCA Summer Camp.

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Race Information

  • 5K Obstacle Race

  • Post Race Beach Party with Live Music

  • Each Finisher Receives 2 Free Beers from Thimble Island Brewing

  • Natural & Man Made Obstacles

  • Tech Shirts for First 600 Entrants



Friday & Saturday Packet Pick Up & Registration:

  • 10/20: 2pm – 6pm @ Denali Branford
  • 10/21: 10am – 5PM @ Denali Branford


  • 8:00AM: Registration opens
  • 9:00AM: Heat 1
  • 10:00AM: Heat 2
  • 11:00AM: Heat 3
  • 11:30AM: Awards


Team Competition

Get your friends together and form a team for our Team Challenge! Don’t miss out on this chance for bragging rights!


Team Rules

  • Teams can have an unlimited number of participants but must have a minimum of 3 people.

  • The top 3 fastest times from each team will be used in determining the team’s overall placement.

  • All team members must run in same heat

  • Awards will be given to the top 3 teams in each category.

  • Each team can only register for one category.

  • Team members must enter the same Team Name when registering.


Team Categories

  • Family Team – all team members must be related

  • Corporate Team – all team members must be current employees at the same company

  • CrossFit/Gym Team – all team members must be members of the same CrossFit location

  • Open Team – any group of 3 or more people

  • YMCA Team – all team members must be a YMCA member

Post Race Party

At our post race party enjoy gourmet pizza, beer and live music. Old World Pizza Trucks will be on hand dishing out some of their signature pizza’s while the shoreline’s own Thimble Island Brewing Company will provide beer to quench your thirst. Dance to our live band and relax after conquering the Gauntlet. Pizza will be made available to spectators for an additional charge. While you are at the race participants and their families are invited to take complimentary rides on one of the country’s largest and oldest carousels!


  • First 600 registered runners receive a technical running shirt.

  • Post-race beach party includes a Pizza Truck, awards ceremony & live music.

  • Each finisher receives two free beers.

  • Medical personnel and aid stations along course.


The top three 5K finishers receive awards in the following divisions: [Men & Women] 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+, Best Costume and Team Challenge!