2017 1st Annual 5K Walk/Run for Education - Boston

UNCF Boston, in partnership with The Young People's Project, will host their 1st annual 5K Walk/Run for Education. This event will raise funds for local college-bound students and provides support for community-based STEM educational programming aimed at preparing students from all backgrounds for success in college and STEM educational career pathways.

All proceeds will support the programs of UNCF Boston and The Young People’s Project.

Corporate teams, fraternities, sororities, groups, faith-based entities, organizations, current college students, local and HBCU alumni and individuals are encouraged to participate and realize the importance of giving back.


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UNCF Boston and YPP share the vision that "A mind is a terrible thing to waste"® and that together we can "Build Communities That Count."

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Run/Walk Day Activities

  • Team trophy presentations
  • Vendor booths
  • Food trucks
  • College Fair
  • Kids games and educational activities
  • Face painting and balloon animals
  • Mini massages and health screenings
  • Team photos
  • Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
  • DJ and much more!


Come out and have fun!

Race Directors
Special Guest
Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 14
7 a.m.

Check-in and Registration

8:30 a.m.

Program begins

8:45 a.m.


9 a.m.

Race Begins for Runners

9:05 a.m.

Walkers Start

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Continuous Activities

10:30 a.m.

Award Ceremony

Take a Walk in the Park
Franklin Park

Franklin Park

Update! New Location: Franklin Park – Playstead Field


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Course Description: Enjoy Boston’s most scenic 5k on the beautiful historic paths of Franklin Park. Run or walk the "jewel" of the Emerald Necklace. Bring everyone and make it a family event all ages and paces welcome. This family-friendly 5K (3.1 miles) is on a USA Track and Field (USATF)-certified and -timed course so that individuals can track their times. 

About the Park
Going from the Boston Common to Franklin Park, you experience a common, a garden, a mall, a former tidal marsh, a river glen, several ponds and an arboretum. Welcome to the "country park," the largest park and crowning jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted's achievements in Boston. 

Olmsted considered "country parks," those used "exclusively with reference to the enjoyment of rural scenery," to be crucial for city dwellers. But in addition to scenery, Franklin Park has a woodland preserve and The Playstead, an area for active recreation and sports. The Greeting, planned as a formal entrance, is now the site of the Franklin Park Zoo, added in 1911. Historically the park encompassed 527 acres and it took several years to build. It was considered so important to our physical and mental health that the city raised its debt limit and borrowed $2 million to build it. Originally Park Commissioners had hoped to tap into Ben Franklin's trust fund for the money to acquire this park, hence the name. When Franklin Park was built it lay well beyond Boston's populated center. Today it is an inviting open space amidst a city of over a half-million residents. The park, including the zoo and George Robert White Schoolboy Stadium, is currently 485 acres due to the construction of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in the 1950s.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Download the Sponsorship Packet

Sponsorship Levels

Trustee:  $25,000 Title Sponsor

  • Lead the event/program with UNCF/YPP executives
  • Opportunity to speak during the program and in media interviews
  • Logo, message and hyperlink on event registration website
  • Premier logo placement on all digital and printed media, bibs, maps and signage
  • Official press release recognition
  • Large product placement display opportunity (e.g. vehicle display)
  • Premier event tent for hospitality and/or materials
  • 25 complimentary event registrations

Ph.D.:  $15,000

  • Prime logo placement on digital and printed media, bibs and signage
  • Logo placement on route maps and mile markers (3 signs)
  • Press release recognition
  • Product placement display opportunity and event tent location for materials
  • 15 complimentary event registrations

Master’s:  $10,000

  • Key logo placement on digital and printed media 
  • Logo placement on route maps and mile markers (2 signs)
  • Press release recognition
  • Product placement display opportunity and event tent location for materials
  • 10 complimentary event registrations

Bachelor’s:  $5,000

  • Logo placement on digital and printed media
  • Event tent location for product and material display
  • 5 complimentary event registrations

Tuition:  $2,500

  • Logo placement on select digital media
  • Event tent area for product and material display
  • 3 complimentary event registrations

Room and Board:  $1,000

  • Event tent area for product and material display
  • 2 complimentary event registrations

Vendor:  $500

  • Area to display materials with access to participants, volunteers and guests

Underwriting and in-kind options are available. Deadline for underwriting opportunities is Friday, August 25, 2017. Contact Lois Smith (lois.smith@uncf.org) to discuss underwriting opportunities.

Join or Form a Team! Accept a Challenge!

Team Captains: Download your guide here!

2017 Team Challenge

Whether you are a group of friends, a member of an organization or work colleagues, form your teams and participate in the "2017 Team Challenge." The top three teams will be recognized at the Walk/Run for Education and the top fundraising team will receive a trophy.

2017 Individual Challenge

Registered individuals are eligible to compete for top fundraising individual. The top three individuals will be recognized at the Walk/Run for Education. The individual must raise a minimum of $1,500 in order to receive a trophy. Any matching gift must be received in our office by the deadline to qualify.

2017 Faith-Based Challenge 

You can have the entire congregation, the youth group, or the choir and have a competition within a competition. Just form your teams today. We really want faith groups’ participation. The top three teams will be recognized at the Walk/Run for Education and the top faith-based fundraising team will receive a trophy.

Age Group Awards

The top finisher in each of the age and gender categories are eligible to claim age-group award trophies.
Award Categories

10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over will receive awards.

Registration Fees

The 5k Run will be a timed ‘Plus-One’ Certified race.

Registration Fees 

Adults (19 yrs. and above)

  • Pre-registration (Closes 10/10/17):  $25 
  • On-site registration (10/14/17):  $35 

Students (18 with student ID)

  • Pre-registration (Closes 10/10/17):  $15 
  • On-site registration (10/14/17):  $25 

Children (17 and under)

  • Pre-registration (Closes 10/10/17):  Free
  • On-site registration (10/14/17):  Free