Mission of Event
Thank you for your interest in participating in our event. Virtually every family in the United States has been touched by mental illness and addiction. Challenge stereotypes, encourage acceptance and eliminate stigma by participating in Interfaith Social Services' South Shore Walk and 5K Race. This is our opportunity to show our community that we stand by those affected by mental illness and addiction.
All funds from this event support Interfaith's various programs including The New Directions Counseling Center. New Directions has been offering compassionate and skilled counseling to the South Shore since 1947. Our nonprofit counseling services provide a safety-net ensuring that everyone is able to receive care regardless of their health insurance status or income.
The 43rd Annual South Shore Walk and 5K Race features beautiful views of the Boston skyline and ocean as seen from the Squantum and Marina Bay neighborhoods of Quincy. If you are a 5K runner up for a little more of a challenge, this course is for you. Parts of this course can be "hilly" at times. But it is well-paved and stroller-friendly. Race is held rain or shine. All fees are nonrefundable.
Event parking will be available in a reserved parking lot at 500 Victory Road (the large lot behind the brick building) in Marina Bay. A shuttle bus (in the form of a large school bus) will bring you to the Kennedy Center for the start of the walk/run and return you to your vehicle after the event.
For runners, we will have customized 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals for men and women. There will be 2 age categories for each gender: 40+ and under 40.
We will also present an award to the highest fundraiser (the participant who collects the most pledges for his or her run or walk). The highest fundraiser will also receive exciting gift certificates (TBD).
Each child (toddler - age 11) who participates in the 100-yd dash Fun Run will receive a participant ribbon.
Bib pick-up will be at Event Check-In starting at 9:30 am the day of the race (April 29th).
We will have a secure place to turn in any personal belongings that you would like to have us hold onto prior to your walk/race.
All participants (walkers, runners and virtual participants) who pre-register by April 14th will receive a free t-shirt. Each walker and virtual participant will get a cotton shirt. Each runner will get a dry-fit performance tee.
Family Fun Celebration
All participants can enjoy the Family Fun Celebration after their walk/run. This portion of the event will include: Food, DJ, Kids' Fun Run, face painting, balloon animals, bouncy house, air brush tattoos, kids' craft activities and exciting raffles. The New England Revolution Battalion will be there with fun games including a giant Jenga and soccer kick. Dave and Busters' Street Team will also make an appearance with their fun prize wheel.
We will accept all major credit cards and cash for participation in our raffle. All other activities are included with your registration fee.