31st GRIP Harmony Walk/5K run set for Saturday, Oct. 28

One of Richmond’s most impactful, unifying community events — the GRIP Harmony Walk/5K Run to end hunger and homelessness — is returning for the 31st year on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The fun competition, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Chevron Richmond, will start and finish at Nicholl Park, Macdonald Ave. and 31st St., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the race beginning at 10:15 a.m.

The once small community fundraiser began in the 1980s with about 100 members of various local faith organizations wanting to raise awareness about the city’s homeless and needy. It has since grown into a major annual event with about 500 participants, a timed 5K run competition and also a large family festival at Nicholl Park. For more history about the event, check out our feature story from last year.

“This event will bring attention to the need for more affordable housing, and raise money to serve our most vulnerable populations,” organizers said.

A $25 tax deductible fee is required to compete in the 5K race. You can register to participate online here, or register in-person by picking up a registration at the GRIP office at 165 22nd St. in Richmond.

“Make all checks payable to GRIP; all proceeds will go to benefit GRIP programs,” organizers said. “This event is for all families, organizations, and the community at large.

Other event sponsors include Mechanics Bank, Sims Metal Management and the City of Richmond.

For questions about the race and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Uche Uwahemu at 510-499-1716 or uche@calbayllc.com.