The 2nd Annual Boston Bulldogs Run for Recovery 5K at Franklin Park will be held on Sunday, May 7th. A tribute to those who are battling addiction, the family and friends who love them and the community that supports them, the race was established to look back and honor those that we've lost, and to move forward in support of wellness and recovery.
The Bulldogs have a history dating back to 2008 when the Club was established by Clinician and “Coach” Mike Ferullo, as the HopeFound Bulldogs at the Shattuck Hospital shelter and stabilization program. The Club was adopted by Pine Street Inn in 2012 to provide members with the opportunity to participate in a positive social and wellness program supporting their recovery. In October 2015, the Boston Bulldogs Running Club was established as an independent coed non-profit 501(c)3 running club (through the Road Runners Club of America).
Coach Mike’s vision for the Club is to reach out to all those adversely affected by addiction – those in recovery, their friends and family, the various clinical communities, and to the community at large, especially the running community -- to promote the importance of wellness in recovery. The Club offers support by building a sense of community, anonymity and encouragement to facilitate discovery of the physical, emotional and social benefits of wellness and “community”.
Mission and Values
The Boston Bulldogs Running Club promotes wellness and recovery in a safe, anonymous and supportive running and wellness community for all those adversely affected by addiction - those in recovery, their families and their friends, as well as the clinical community and the community-at-large.The Club promotes an integrated approach to wellness to encourage physical, social and emotional growth with weekly walks and runs, team races, wellness coaches, sponsors and seminars, and closed recovery meetings.
The Club welcomes and encourages runners and walkers of all levels. Wellness sponsors are available to help members to set and meet wellness goals as well as individual and small group coaching to Club members – to encourage Bulldog members at their individual current levels, to help them set and achieve their goals.
The Club offers periodic wellness and recovery seminars and reaches out to the clinical and recovery communities to raise awareness about the impact of addiction and the Boston Bulldogs -- and to engage with and encourage those in early recovery to participate in their wellness through the Club.
Course Location and Description
The Franklin Park Playstead (Pierpont Rd, Boston, MA 02119)
The Boston Bulldogs Run for Recovery 5K will follow Franklin Park's premiere 5K cross-country course. The race incorporates three, approximately 1-mile loops through Franklin Park's picturesque fields and open trails.
The first loop kicks off on the Franklin Park Playstead cross-country style, with the course cutting across the field towards Pier Point Road. After following Pier Point Road, participants merge onto Playstead Road, loop around George White Schoolboy Stadium, and re-enter Franklin Park's Playstead field. The second loop begins the same as the first, although with a detour up and over historic Bear Cage Hill. After returning to the Playstead from Playstead Road, the third lap goes across the field and into the winding and scenic trails of Franklin Park's Wilderness. After exiting the trails, the course then finishes off with a speedy dash around the Playstead's perimeter, with the final stretch parallel to Pierpont Road.
Portable toilets in the Franklin Park Playstead
Two water stops available along the three loop course
Food and refreshments at the finish line
The first 300 race participants will receive a commemorative race T-shirt! The T-shirts will come in unisex sizing for children and adults. In order to guarantee T-shirt sizes, please plan on picking up your race bib early at the Friday and Saturday packet pickups held at Marathon Sports. Sizing of T-shirts is not guaranteed for race day pickup/registration.
An award ceremony will follow the race, at approximately 10:15 AM. Awards will be given to the the top three male and female overall, as well as to the top three male and female in the following age-group categories:
14 & Under
We will also have race-day drawings with fabulous prizes generously donated to us by local businesses and our sponsors.
Pre-race packet pickup will be held at Marathon Sports in Brookline (1638 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445), Along with bib numbers, participants will be able to pickup their T-shirts during these two dates. Arrive early to guarantee T-shirt sizing. Registrants will receive a 20% off shopping discount in the store during number pickup hours (some exclusions may apply). Packet pickup will take place from 3-7 PM on Friday, May 5th, and 10-3 PM on Saturday, May 6th.
Race Day Registration
Race day registration is available from 7:30 to 8:30 AM on Sunday, May 7th for $40. Cash and check are accepted. The registration table will be in the vicinity of the baseball field backstop on the Franklin Park Playstead. Our commemorative race t-shirts are only guaranteed to the first 300 registrants, so be sure to register early if you'd like a Boston Bulldogs t-shirt!
If you or a group of individuals are interested in volunteering on the day of the race, there are many opportunities to do so! Volunteer roles include, but are not limited to, race set-up and break-down, registration table assistance, course marshals, cheering squads, water stop assistants, etc.
After registering as a volunteer through RaceWire, please contact us at BulldogsRunning@yahoo.com with your interests, we'd love to have you!
Festival and Closing Ceremony
The Run for Recovery Festival will be set up at the Start/Finish line with participation from vendors and resources/programs representing the community of support - we welcome donations of water, refreshment and resource information. The Festival will be open to race registrants, friends and families as people cheer their loved ones across the finish line and gather for the awards and closing ceremonies. We will also have race-day drawings with fabulous prizes generously donated to us by local businesses and our sponsors.
Closing ceremonies will include a moving tribute to honor the memories of those we’ve lost – and as a show off support for their friends and families.
Interested in supporting the Bulldogs cause and being part of a truly special event, but unable to join us on May 7th? Consider signing up as a virtual runner, and run the race on your own terms, at a time and location of your choice. All virtual runners will receive a commemorative race T-shirt along with their registration! We encourage all virtual runners to share their experiences with us through social media!
U.S. Route 1 South to Route 203
Follow 203 for one mile to rotary
Go .75 miles and follow signs to Franklin Park
The course is then .75 miles on the left
FROM NORTH OF BOSTON:
Route 93 South to Exit 15 (Columbia Road)
Follow three miles to Franklin Park
FROM SOUTH OF BOSTON:
Route 93 North to Exit 11B (Route 203; Granite Avenue)
Bear right and follow Route 203 for four miles to rotary
Follow signs to Franklin Park/Franklin Park Zoo
Or, take U.S. Route 1 North to Route 203
FROM WEST OF BOSTON:
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Route 93 South
At Exit 15, follow directions “FROM NORTH” (above).
Take the MBTA’s Orange Line to Forest Hills
Walk one mile to Franklin Park
Public transportation to the race is available and highly encouraged. Parking is available at two lots along Circuit Drive, leading to The Playstead, and on Circuit Drive. Please cooperate with Park Rangers giving directions. Please do not park in spaces dedicated to the golf club or Franklin Park Zoo. Park legally!