On Saturday, April 27th, 2024 the Saugus Family YMCA will host its 8th annual 5k road race in Breakheart Reservation. The aptly named ‘Not a Walk in the Park’ 5k can be quite the challenging course along the many hills of Breakheart Reservation. Runners of all ages, from 5 to 75, could be seen smiling as they ran downhill and crossed the finish line.

The Saugus Family YMCA 5k raises funds for the Y’s Annual Campaign scholarship fund, which ensures no one is turned away for inability to pay. Thanks to the support of runners and generous sponsors, the Y is able to provide summer camp for homeless youth, LiveStrong programs for cancer survivors, gymnastics scholarships and so much more for youth from the Saugus Community. This year’s race raised over $9,000 for the Annual Campaign fund!

Awards were given to the top three finishers in 6 different age categories for male and female. A big congratulations to the top male finisher; Tom Walsh of Melrose, and top female finisher; Kathernie Kulig of Melrose.

The Not a Walk in the Park 5k is the first race in the YMCA of Metro North’s annual road race series. The YMCA of Metro North Road Race Series brings together seven different communities to run for our cause. These unique races are featured across our communities to motivate, inspire and promote the YMCA’s mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The series continues with the Lynn YMCA’s Stride Along the Tide 5k at Nahant Reservation on Saturday, May 11th, 2024 at 8:30am. The Torigian Family YMCA will hold their LiveSTRONG at the YMCA 5k on Saturday, November 23th, 2024 at 8:30am starting on Lynnfield Street, and the Melrose Family YMCA will finish off the 2024 series with the 10th Annual Spooky Sprint 5k on Saturday, October 26th, 2024 at 8:30am.

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