For many, completing a marathon just isn’t in the cards. While I’ve always wanted to experience the thrill of crossing a finish line, just the thought of completing 26.2 miles makes my muscles ache. That is why I plan on participating in this Saturday’s BC Race to Educate. This 5k run will be my own personal marathon. The BC Race to Educate benefits the St. Columbkille Partnership School, the only Catholic elementary school in the Allston-Brighton area.
Since founded in 1901, St. Columbkille aims to educate children to become the “best they can be in body, mind, and spirit—all in a safe and caring environment.” Over the past several years, Boston College has partnered with St. Columbkille to help the kindergarten through eighth grade school become an excellent example of how Catholic elementary education should evolve.
The event consists of a kids fun race starting at 9:30 a.m. and the 5k run and walk at 10 a.m. The 5k race beings at BC’s very own Yawkey Athletic Building and continues through Lower Campus, down Commonwealth Ave., down College Road, through BC’s Middle Campus, and ends on the 50 yard line in Alumni Stadium. This 3.1 mile route passes many BC icons along the way like the Doug Flutie statue, Linden Lane, and even wraps around Gasson Hall. Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each age category.
The BC Race to Educate is St. Columbkille’s annual fundraiser. Registration costs $20 for BC students and the funds go towards the St. Columbkille financial aid program that assists families with the cost of tuition. The BC Race to Educate helps to ensure no student is turned away due to economic circumstances.
As a rookie to running events, I hope to see many other BC students supporting myself and other runners by cheering from the sidelines or participating right along with us. This race is a great chance to support Boston College in its efforts to benefit the local community. There is still time to register online or in person until the start of the event on Saturday. From more information, visit the BC Race to Educate website.