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Darien Restaurant Rory's Adds Run To Festival

Bryan Malcarney, left, and his wife, Tamsen, second from right,who own Rory's Restaurant in Darien, will host the third annual Roots, Rock & Run Festival Sunday in Darien.
Bryan Malcarney, left, and his wife, Tamsen, second from right,who own Rory's Restaurant in Darien, will host the third annual Roots, Rock & Run Festival Sunday in Darien. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – The third-annual Roots, Rock & Run Festival sponsored by Rory’s, a Darien restaurant, includes a new component this year. Fairfield County’s vast running community is going to enjoy it.

A 5k run co-sponsored by Runner’s Roost of Darien is the new feature to this year’s festival, which includes music and food. Sunday's event supports Click It for Cassie and The Open Door Shelter.

“It seemed like a lot of people who are regulars at Rory’s are runners,’’ said Tamsen Malcarney, whose husband, Bryan, is the owner of Rory’s. Bryan and Tamsen also run Blue Lemon in Westport. “A lot of people are looking for that kind of thing. With Runner’s Roost as a sponsor, it just seemed like a good thing for this event.”

The festival kicks off on Sunday at 10 a.m. with the 5k. Registration is available online. The festival continues with music of all genres from local bands, including Dr. B and the Brotherhood and Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind. Food will include a mixture of Rory’s classic pub fare and Caribbean specials such as Red Stripe beer, lobster rolls, rum punch and jerk chicken.

Pre-registration for the race is $25 and $30 the day of the race. There is no fee for the festival, but donations are suggested.  Entry to the festival is free for runners. Runners can pre-register online .

The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk provides shelter, food, clothing management services, treatment services, education, employment and transitional planning for short and long term goals. Click It for Cassie is a seatbelt safety organization.

“We wanted to support some things that we believed in,’’ Tamsen said. “Sometimes in this area we forget that people are struggling. The Open Door Shelter does such good work there. They help people get back on their feet. These are organizations that are especially helpful for people in Fairfield County.”

The challenge for Malcarney and her husband was developing an event that catered to a wide audience, including children. The past two festivals have been well received by the community, Malcarney said. “People come and hang out all day,’’ she said. “They like the atmosphere.”

There are races every weekend during the summer in Fairfield County, but Malcarney said the pre-registration response has been favorable. “There are a lot of races, but there are people who run one or two races every week,’’ she said.  “We have a bunch of people who are going to run. We’re not going to have a thousand runners, but I think it’s going to be good.”

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