Connecticut’s Highly Caffeinated Triathlon Team Launches First Annual Summer 5K + Music Festival

 The annual Highly Caffeinated 5K + Music Festival makes its debut on Saturday, August 21, at the picturesque March Farm in Bethlehem. 


Hosted by Connecticut’s own Highly Caffeinated Triathlon Team, this all-day, family-friendly event brings together the best of casually competitive outdoor exercise with a celebration of great tunes from some of the top acoustic rock musicians in the country. What’s more: The whole thing is for charity, with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Connecticut chapter. 


“We started Highly Caffeinated as a way to uplift others and give back to groups we believe in,” said event organizers Corey and Renée Durkin, the husband-and-wife founders of the triathlon team. “Make-A-Wish’s efforts to bring joy to the lives of critically ill children and their families is something we want to support in every way possible.”


The Highly Caffeinated 5K + Music Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on Aug. 21 with a three-lap course around the rolling hills of the family-owned March Farm. The entry-level race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Starting at noon, the music heats up from a stage right at the finish line and rocks on through 8 p.m. with performances by eight different acts.


Headlined by The Alternate Routes, the music festival also includes sets from some of the top names in acoustic rock, folk music, and more, including Chris Trapper, Seth Glier, Fast River, Brian Jarvis, Gracie Day, and The Penniless Wild. 


“I’m honored to share the stage with such an amazing group of artists,” said Trapper, a prolific singer-songwriter whose songs have been featured in There’s Something About Mary, The Devil Wears Prada, and other major releases. “It feels like we’re bringing the Hotel Cafe from L.A. or Rockwood Music Hall from New York right to the Litchfield Hills!”


Food and drink vendors on-site will include The Mobile Pub, Frankie’s Hot Dogs, Rebel Dog Brewing Co., and other local favorites. 


Tickets start at $35 for the 5K only, $45 for the music festival only, and $40 for combined admission while children under the age of 16 are free. Entry fees for 5K participants include chip timing, custom bibs, race awards, and a post-race beer from The Mobile Pub. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and more information are available at


About The Highly Caffeinated Triathlon Team

Founded by Corey and Renée Durkin, The Highly Caffeinated Triathlon Team seeks to build stronger athletes and better humans. We use the trials of physical training and competition not only to train our bodies but to train our hearts and minds. We dig down into depths of ourselves that we didn’t know existed and cultivate those powers to uplift others through the support of our community. We accept all levels of athletes — from one-sport to multi-sport — on our team. There is always a place for you! For more information, visit


About Make-A-Wish 

Make-A-Wish® is the nation’s largest wish-granting organization, creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. It has fulfilled the wishes of more than 315,000 children in the United States and its territories since 1980. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish serves every community in the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico through its 60 chapters.