The Dimock Center, HoodFit, Boston Athletic Association Partner for Roxbury 5K Walk/Run
On Saturday September 10th, The Dimock Center, HoodFit and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will host its Second Annual ‘Road to Wellness 5k Walk/Run.’ The event will kick-off at The Dimock Center and continue through the Roxbury community. The event is anticipated to engage over 1,000 participants from over 200 surrounding communities to unite runners and walkers in their pursuit of wellness, as well as celebrate the rich history of Roxbury. The collaboration of The Dimock Center, Hood Fit, and the B.A.A. will expose participants to holistic health approaches through fitness resources, community events and experiential fitness clinics.
“The launch of this event is a true testament of our mission to heal and uplift individuals, families and our community,” said Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of The Dimock Center. “We hope to inspire individuals, families and the local business community to embrace health, wellness, and fitness while celebrating Roxbury’s rich history and strong sense of community.”
The event will have something to offer the whole family with a “fun run” for kids, light entertainment, and a health and wellness festival. The festival will offer the opportunity for participants to receive health screenings, talk to experts about health and fitness, and explore offerings from area businesses.
“The opportunity to bridge the beauty of Roxbury with the beauty of the people who live and work there is tremendous,” Thaddeus Miles, Director of Public Safety for MassHousing and founder of HoodFit shared. “It is HoodFit’s mission to amplify the positive contributions of residents who live in communities that are traditionally overlooked so bringing activities that reinforce health and wellness, particularly to urban neighborhoods, is exactly where we want to partner.”
There will be optional fitness training days held throughout the summer leading up to the walk/run. The first day of training will be held on Saturday June 27th at 9am at Franklin Park.
“We are proud to partner with The Dimock Center and HoodFit for this inaugural event in support of community health, fitness, and engagement,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Since 1887, the mission of the B.A.A. has been to promote health and fitness in our community, especially through running, and this echoes the mission and goals of this event.”