Oct 12, 2015
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For many of the costumed community members who will be out in droves Halloween Day for the 29th Annual GRIP Harmony Walk/5K Run, the true finish line is their fundraising goal.

While the event and festival at Nichol Park on Oct. 31 promises to be the most colorful yet, it also benefits Contra Costa County’s homeless population. Participants are encouraged to register or sign up to raise funds and get pledges for the cause.

To find out how to register and raise funds, visit the walk/run link here. If you already have an account, you can visit active.com by searching “harmony walk.”

Check-in registration for the walk/run will open at 7:30 a.m. The run will launch at 8:50 a.m. while walkers will set off at 9 a.m. A post run/walk ceremony will honor the top runners for male, female and youth as well as best team and individual costume.

29th GRIP Harmony Walk expected to be the most fun and colorful yet as it falls on Halloween“We will be awarding top team fundraisers and individual fundraisers,” organizer Danielle Franklin said.

A festival follows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 11 a.m., the Finish Line Festival will open with a pumpkin carving contest, kids zone with pony rides, train rides, jumpers, trick-or-treating, music and dancing.

Local food truck vendors include Kenny’s Heart and Soul, That’s my Dog and The Sliders Truck.  Local nonprofit and business vendors will also have offerings.

The highlight of the festival will be children’s costume exchange booth. This is where families can donate there “slightly used” child costume or families can come and select from donated costumes for their child to wear. They will be able to put them on right there onsite.

The event, which brings hundreds of friends, families, local businesses, congregations and corporate and media partners together with the goal of raising money for those in need, has proven over the years to have a dramatic impact on improving the lives of local families and individuals. It unites the community in an active way that also contributes to ending hunger and homelessness in the county.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.