By Kathy Chouteau
Richmond Promise is counting down to its inaugural “5K Fun Run” Sat., June 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will span a “beautiful, bayside harbor route” in Richmond’s Marina Bay neighborhood and will include a family friendly celebration afterwards at the Craneway Pavilion. The race will also start at the same location.
In the ultimate community synergy, the 5K Fun Run coincides with the first-ever Richmond Ferry Fest, so the post-race activities at the Craneway will be held in partnership with the San Francisco Bay Ferry, Assemble Marketplace and Columbia Sportswear “just steps away from the Fun Run finish line,” said Richmond Promise race organizers.
Games, community-sourced food, live music and free ferry rides are planned for the post-race fun.
Richmond Promise is an organization that aims to build a college graduating culture in Richmond via scholarships and guidance available to all Richmond and North Richmond students. The program was made possible through Chevron Richmond’s commitment to invest $35 million over a ten year period to fund post-secondary education for Richmond students. There are currently nearly 2,000 active scholars, according to the Promise’s website.
Catherine Collins, Richmond Promise race director and communications and development coordinator, said it’s been more than two years since the organization’s last in-person gathering with the community and that numerous scholars have achieved major milestones and graduations during that time. She added the organization is “excited and grateful to finally get to come together in celebration of all that incredible work and persistence” and said they’re fortunate to partner with the San Francisco Bay Ferry.
To register for the 5K Fun Run, click here (where gift purchases can also be made for scholars, with the special race code emailed to Catherine Collins at [email protected]). Click here to fill out a volunteer application; those wishing to support the race via a sponsorship, as a vendor, etc. can contact Collins at the aforementioned email address or Thomas Hall, public information and marketing manager at WETA, at [email protected].
For more info about the Richmond Ferry Fest, click here. Learn more about the work of the Richmond Promise on its website. The Craneway Pavilion, where the race begins and ends, is located at 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.