The 35th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge 5K Run and Walk Fundraiser Is September 25th!

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Fairfield, CT September, 2022 – The 2022 Bigelow Tea Community Challenge (BTCC) fundraiser will celebrate 35 years of making a difference in the community. Join us in-person or virtually from 9:00am ET to noon on Sunday, September 25, 2022, rain or shine, at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, Southport, CT. 

This fun filled gathering is expected to attract over 800 runners, walkers and kids from all over the greater Fairfield County area, with additional participants joining in on the fun virtually.  For those attending in person, the BTCC offers family-friendly activities, while providing an opportunity to give back to multiple local nonprofits.

 In the 35 years of the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, over $2 million has been raised, which has been donated to the various Bridgeport/Fairfield-based charities served over the years that provide much needed shelter, food, health and educational services, counseling, crisis management services, after-school tutoring and recreational programs to deserving members of our community.  Charities supported in 2022 include the following:

                 Bridge House
                Bridgeport Rescue Mission
                Burroughs Community Center
                Bigelow Center for Senior Activities
                Cardinal Shehan Center
                Caroline House
                Center for Family Justice
                CT Challenge
                Connecticut Food Bank
                Fairfield YMCA
                Grasmere on Park
                Horizons at GFA
                Janus Center for Youth in Crisis
                McGivney Community Center
                Mercy Learning Center
                Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County
                Norma F. Pfriem Breast Center
                Operation Hope
                Pivot Ministries
                Sandcastle Playground
                Wakeman Boys and Girls Club
                YMCA Ralphola Taylor Community Center

 “When I think back to the first BTCC thirty-five years ago which attracted 50 participants and raised $3,000,” says third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow, “I am immensely proud of how far we have come, having raised over $2 million for charities in need of our support.  Bigelow Tea continues to enrich the lives of so many people, a commitment that has been part of our DNA since the company was founded by my grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, over 75 years ago.  Our purpose has always been about much more than making profits; we give back and have fun doing it.  I hope you can join us!”

 Please join us with the following options:

  • Signup online here for both live and virtual options
  • Come see us on Sunday, September 25th at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, Southport, CT from 8:00am to 9:00am to register the day of the race.

Entry fees are reduced for the first 250 runners & walkers. Corporate teams are welcome. The event offers a Kids’ Scamper Run as well as a 1-mile challenge run. Commemorative T-shirts are available as well as raffle prizes.  Please see website for details and for registration. For more information, please visit or contact


About Bigelow Tea Company

Based in Fairfield, CT and 100% family owned, the Bigelow Tea Company pioneered the specialty tea category nearly 75 years ago. The three-generational company takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea brand. Producing 2 billion tea bags annually, the Bigelow Tea line includes more than 150 varieties of Flavored, Traditional, Green, Herbal, Decaffeinated, steep by Bigelow Organic, Bigelow Benefits Wellness teas and Bigelow Botanicals Cold Water Infusion – including its flagship specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment”®, an all-time American favorite. Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide. For more information, visit our website ( or contact: