April 22 | 9:00 AM

 

THE GOAL OF THE WALK

To inform people just how difficult the daily lives of people without easy access to clean water. People living in Tanzania have to carry a large bucket of water on their heads for long distances. The walk puts walkers in the shoes of Tanzanian people by simulating the trek for water that they must make several times a day taking time and energy they could be investing in their education, jobs, or families.

 

STORY

Summer of 2016, 13 High School Students traveled to Tanzania with Rustic Pathways. The group had to collect water from a stream about a mile and a half away.  Each person with a bucket scooped up as much water as they could at the small river down the valley. The natives carefully balanced the water on their head, some didn’t even touch it with their hands. Our group, on the other hand, really struggled. Some dragged the full bucket all the way back, most tried to maneuver with the bucket on their head, and others gave up and asked the locals for help. No matter how we carried the buckets we all agreed that it was way too difficult. After going through multiple days of carrying water, some decided they wanted to make a difference so they would take their experience back home.  After coming back to States, four people decided to hold a race while the others decided to raise money in other ways. Currently, the four people are from all different parts of America making the races a nationwide event.

 

OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH SAVE THE RAIN

The group had a great idea but wanted to support a current organization and collaborate on this project. Through Save the Rain, the group learned how access to clean water affects education, poverty, health, and gender inequality. Save the Rain was excited to partner up with students on a wonderful project to raise awareness and fundraise for the village of Tanzania.

Save the Rain educate communities on how to harvest the rain by constructing catchment system built from local materials, by the local workforce, thus assuring sustainability. We educate people to farm water through roof water collection, surface water collection, groundwater recharge, soil conservation, reforestation, bio-remediation, passive irrigation practices and sustainable agriculture curriculum.

Learn more about Save the Rain here.

 

AWARDS

Award Ceremony will be held after the completion of the road race. All awards must be picked up during the Awards Ceremony.

Overall Awards & Age Group Awards

  • Top three Overall Female and Male finishers as determined by gun times
  • Top Female & Male of each Age Group
  • Age Groups: 19 years and younger, 20-29 years old, 30-39 years old, 40-49 years old, 50-59 years old, 60-69 years old, and 70+ years old

COED Team Challenge

  • Teams of 4 (2 Females & 2 Males)
  • First Place Team: Gift Certificate to a local restaurant (food & drinks)

Team Competition

  • Running Clubs accumulate points for this race based on participation and finishing places. The year’s top clubs are honored and receive special awards at BRR’s Annual Runner’s Night.

 

RACE SCHEDULE

8:15 AM – Number Pick Up & Gear Check Opens
9:00 AM – 5K START
10:00 AM – 5K FINISH
10:00 AM – 1 Mile Walk START
10:30 AM – Award Ceremony
11:00 AM – Finish area & Gear Check Closes

 

NUMBER PICK UP

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start to allow enough time for bib pickup.

Please do not fold, bend or damage your bib. Please wear your bib on the front of the outermost layer. The timing staff and volunteers need to be able to see you bib at all times, to be officially timed and scored.

If there are any problems or errors, please send an email to races@bostonroadrunners.org.

 

GETTING TO THE RACE

Parking – Parking has been known to be an issue around the neighborhood. Please read all street signs and obey parking regulations.

We recommend taking the MBTA to the race.

MBTA – Please use Google Maps for directions to the races or MBTA website.

 

GEAR CHECK

Runners can check their belonging near the start/finish area. You must use the bags we provide on-site by BRR to check your belongings. Bags must be picked up after the race.

Please use the tag affixed to your bib number to help the volunteers identify and locate your bags. Please do not check valuable. BRR is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

 

START

Please arrive 30 minutes before the start of the race. We ask runners to be calm and patience and line up by mile pace. Faster runners towards the front and fun runners toward the back.The starting line will close 5 minutes after the gun.

Please be cautious of children and other runners.

 

THE COURSE

Toilets – Located near the start/finish area. Please respect the surroundings and our beautiful local parks.

Medical – Assistance will be located near the start/finish area and will be available to treat non-critical injuries. BRR is not responsible for event event-related injuries and athletes are responsible for individual expenses incurred.

Water Station – There will be one water station located halfway on the route. There will be water available for all runners. Fluids will also be available near the start/finish line.

Course Map – USATF Certified & Sanctioned Course
View Course Map (JPEG)

 

TIMING & RESULTS

Runners will have a time limit of 1 and 15 minutes. A time limit allows us to host a fun and safe road races, due to permit restriction and are mindful our fabulous volunteer time. We hope you understand and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to message us.

Official Results will be posted on our website and Facebook later in the day. As well as a recap email will be sent out to all runners.

 

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our races. Please consider volunteering; you can sign up for a position on the Volunteer Page.

 

RACE FAQS

Awards
Baggage, Security, and Lost & Found
Number Pickup
Race Timing
Rules of Competition
Code of Conduct

 

TRAINING

Need help training or looking for a fun Run Club to join. We host two weekly FREE & OPEN Run Clubs. Join us for a run along the Esplanade! We break up into groups based on running level; this is great for both beginners and veterans.

We run rain or shine every week. For updates, please join our Facebook Group.

 

ABOUT BRR

To foster and support an inclusive Greater Boston running community by creating an open, accessible, and welcoming environment for athletes of all backgrounds and experience levels across the region.

 

COMMUNITY & YOUTH INITIATIVE

With your support and participant in our road races, we can support and motivate people to run. Our community Initiative provides a free weekly run club, running clinics and activities that promote the sport of running and make it accessible and open to all. Youth Initiative provides discounted and free entries to youth. As well a Scholarship Fund.

 

RACE FEE BREAKDOWN

The following is a close approximation of how the race fee allocation.

Sponsor


 

Presenting Sponsors

 

Sponsor

 

In-Kind Sponsor