The East Boston YMCA’s 5K Will Return In-Person Next Month

Each year in October runners would get dressed in Halloween Costumes and head down to Mary Ellen Welch Greenway to take part in the East Boston YMCA’s annual “East BOOston 5K” road race and fundraiser. 

However, last year the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person fundraisers for many Eastie nonprofits and the Y’s annual 5K was no different and was forced to be creative and take part in a virtual version of the annual event. 

This week, East Boston YMCA Executive Director Joe Gaeta shared some good news and said the 7th Annual “East BOOston 5K” will return in-person to the greenway on October 17. 

“The East Boston Y is holding its 7th Annual 5K in-person along Boston’s beautiful Mary Ellen Welch Greenway and Piers Park waterfront,” said Gaeta. “Families are encouraged to participate and wear their favorite Halloween costume. The first 200 registrations will receive a free shirt and there will be prizes given for different age groups and best costume. Please join us for the return of this fun community event.”

Gaeta said registration for the 5K is $30 for an adult or $15 for a youth and those interested in participating can register online or as a team at: 

“Use coupon “SAVE5” to save $5 on an Adult Registration,” he suggested. 

“We are so happy that we are able to bring back our 5K this year for an in-person run/walk after taking a break by going virtual last year,” added Gaeta. “Our East BOOston 5K is a community staple that avid runners and families look forward to dressing up and showing out. Each registration fee goes directly back into the East Boston community and allows us to continue our life-sustaining work here at the East Boston Y.”

The course will take runners from the entrance of the Y on Bremen Street to the beautiful Piers Park via the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway and then back to the East Boston Public Library. 

“This is an all age’s family event that can be done at your own leisure,” said Gaeta.

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