About the Seventh Annual Harwich 5K Road Race
Welcome to the Harwich 5K Road Race. This race continues to host 1000 participants with many new runners and walkers and many from our own town of Harwich. We have wonderful committed sponsors. We even had businesses sponsoring water stations and supermarkets donating water and fruit for the finish line. We had all of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, the Harwich Community Center and the Harwich schools involved (students and faculty) to help us promote the event and then joined to participate in the race. We are ready for this year’s race and eager to raise even more money. The race is brought to you under the guidance of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation and all proceeds will go towards Youth Fitness Related Programs for the town of Harwich. Financial Sponsorship participations are from as little to $100 up to $1,500. This race is certified by US Track and Field and will start and finish at the School House/Harwich Chamber of Commerce parking area in downtown Harwich Port with a fun celebration party and award ceremony at Ember Coal Fired Pizza and Wings. The Harwich 5K Road Race is a commitment from our town to keep our kids moving! All age groups are welcome to participate– to walk or run and enjoy the course. Our Short Story about Our Race Once upon a time— there was a small group of local Harwich Moms who decided to get in shape. They formed a work out group at 5:30 AM before their kids went to school with a promise to get fit. This group took advantage of the Cape Cod Fresh air and enjoyed outdoor workouts (weights and all). They started their workouts by walking through the Harwich neighborhoods (even in the bitter cold). The walks became faster and faster and until they started to run. The short runs extended to a few mailboxes and then telephone poles. Slowly they worked their way up to doing their first 5K. Soon after that they did more 5Ks and even 10ks and more. That brings us to the formation of the Harwich 5K Road Race. The previous McCourt 5K was one of the first official races that this group ran. A couple of these ladies were standing in the starting line and heard the announcement that the McCourt race was being retired from the area. Being very saddened over this news…this group –who are moms and passionate about fitness and kids…were encouraged to take the race over. One thing led to another and a new race was formed — the Harwich 5K was born with a mission to bring families together to enjoy fitness outside and donate the proceeds to kids’ fitness programs in the town. With the help of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce and the Harwich Friends of Youth the race has become a yearly tradition to kick off the summer season. Fundraising was done the old fashion way–door to door, lots of phone calls, meetings and letters etc. Inexpensive sponsorships were offered to encourage local businesses to get involved. We have wonderful committed sponsors over sponsors…We even had businesses sponsoring water stations and supermarkets donating water and fruit for the finish line. We had all of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, the Harwich Community Center and the Harwich schools involved (students and faculty) to help us promote the event and then joined to participate in the race. We had a guest dj announcer, a photographer , even a personal trainer for pre stretch. Trophies and medals were donated, supplies were donated…the whole town came together to help– not just with money, but with items we needed for the race and their time. We learned about the magic of Facebook to help spread the word about our grass roots efforts. We had very young kids 6+ years old here do the entire 5K–no special kiddie race for them.. They got to do a real race with grownups…so they too can earn their medals. It’s been a long journey– but lots of fun and a great learning experience. We have met wonderful people who all believe in our kids and getting them outside and fit. Thanks to all of you for helping us spread the word and being part of the race!