Virtual 5K Run/Walk to benefit civil rights

29 May


This little nugget is especially for runners and walkers who are trying to keep in shape during this no-races-spring. It was sent to me by my friend and former Webster teaching colleague Mary Heveron-Smith, who is helping organize the event.

It’s the 4th annual ROC Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk, which this year will be held virtually.

The race is a fundraiser for the Rochester Civil Rights Heritage Site, and is taking place in the aftermath of a shooting that killed an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, who was jogging Feb. 23 in a suburban neighborhood in Georgia, not far from his home. All funds raised will go toward funding construction of Rochester’s Civil Rights Heritage Park at Baden Park in downtown Rochester, which will honor local civil rights leaders throughout history.

Given the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s race is virtual. Participants can run or walk the 5K from home or from anywhere. It can be completed in one day or over several days. All running/walking should be completed by midnight on June 19, 2020.  The date marks an anniversary — June 19, 1865 — the day that 250 years of slavery finally ended in America.

Registration is only $10. Click here to sign up.  Every registrant will receive a commemorative poster honoring Harriet Tubman created by Rochester artist Amber Stokes.

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