16th Annual Safe Passage 5K - Virtual Event

Fri September 18 - Sun September 27 New Gloucester, ME 04260 US Directions

16th Annual Safe Passage 5K - Virtual Event

Due to the novel coronavirus, the 2020 event will be a virtual event. Racers can run any time between September 18th and September 27th.   You can run/walk in the woods, hit the beach, or race from the comfort of your home on your treadmill - your virtual race, your choice. Results may be submitted online.

We are happy to announce that everyone will get a t-shirt this year. If you register by August 21st, your tee will be mailed by September 14th. Every registration requires a home address and a t-shirt size. We will either hand deliver t-shirts to local participants or ship to those runners who live out of the area. Registrants after August 21st will receive t-shirts shortly after the event is complete.

We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the health and safety of our community members while trying to keep this important Safe Passage tradition alive - thank you!  

While you are training…

We are collecting YOUR Safe Passage experiences! We welcome any and all thoughts, stories, experiences, photos, and videos related to Safe Passage. These will become part of a larger story that will be collected at our 20th Anniversary celebration this fall alongside the race.

Please email archives@safepassage.org with anything you would like to share with us.

Registration Fees:

  • Adults:  $25 
  • Students: $10
  • Families: $60 

T-shirt sizes:  

Youth XS-XL; Men's and Women's SM-2XL


Event Schedule

By September 17th:  T-shirts will be delivered for all runners who registered by August 21st.

*We will do our best to have t-shirts delivered to runners that registered early before the race. However, if you live outside of the U.S. shirts may not arrive until after the race (regardless of registration date). Our apologies for the inconvenience. 

September 18th to September 27th:  Run Your Race, Your Way!

September 18th to September 27th:  Record your race time on results page of RunSignup.Com.

*We would love to see photos from your run!  To submit photos or selfies, sign into your RunSignUp account, open the race page, and click on “More – Photos” at the top. Then you can click on your photo album to upload and share your race photos! Having trouble or have questions? Email us at info@safepassage.org and we are happy to help!

September 27th: Virtual 5K Race Wrap-up - Join us on Facebook Live as we thank supporters, announce fundraiser prizes and for the final tally of funds raised!!

Early October:  T-shirts will be delivered for all runners who registered after August 21st or who live outside of the U.S. 


Fundraising and Donations

All participants and visitors are encouraged to raise funds to benefit Safe Passage (Camino Seguro) programs in Guatemala City.

To celebrate the 20th Year of Safe Passage, we aim to raise $20,000 to support two Middle School classrooms.  We're almost there - make it happen with us!


Muchas gracias, to our 2020 race sponsors! Please consider using, visiting, and/or learning more about these wonderful and generous local businesses that care about our mission of providing education to break the cycle of poverty!

Fiesta Sponsors ($1,000+)
Coffee by Design, Immigration Law Group, Maine Medical Partners, Wipfli CPAs & Consultants.

Leadership Sponsors ($500+)
Smithwick & Mariners Insurance, Atlantic Physical Therapy, Back Cove Financial, R.M. Davis, Estabrook’s Garden Center, Yarmouth Colts Soccer Club, Spectrum Healthcare Partners, WEX.

Esperanza Sponsors ($250+)
Douglas Mason Painting, Hancock Lumber, Bath Savings Institution, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Sevee & Maher Engineers, Skillins Greenhouses, Clark Insurance, Bangor Savings Bank, Rob Donovan of Wells Fargo Advisors.

International Partners
Marroquin Perez & Asociados, Henkel La Luz, Desarrollo en Movimiento, Edisenarte, Toledo, Botschaft von Guatemala, Greenfort, Mundo Lindo, German Friends of Camino Seguro, designersgroup, Club Rotario Guatemala de la Asunción, TELUS International, Les amis des enfants du monde.

In-Kind Donations
Gather Restaurant, Fleet Feet, LT's Inc., Bourgeois Sign & Design


Race awards

Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers through a raffle system.  For every $50 a participant raises, they will receive a raffle ticket towards one of three prizes as follows:

$100 gift certificate from Gather in Yarmouth, Maine. “A farm fresh eatery” with “inventive American eats and wood-fired pizza.” Inside and outside dining available as well as take-out.

$200 gift certificate for Fleet Feet in Portland or Brunswick, Maine. “Locally owned and committed to helping you find the right solution for your running and walking needs!”

$300 Visa Gift Card. Whether this is your first Safe Passage 5k or it’s the 16th time you’ve run or walked, you can use Visa “wherever it’s accepted!”

All donations are always gratefully accepted, but to be considered for the lottery prizes, checks need to be in to the New Gloucester office by Monday, September 21st, and online donations to RunSignUp need to be in by Friday, September 25th.  Winners will be announced through Safe Passage Facebook Live on Sunday, Sept 27th at 11am EST.

Because this is a virtual race there will be no prizes for best time.

Want to connect with other runners? Join the Safe Passage 5K community on Facebook.

Who is Safe Passage?

Safe Passage, founded in 1999 by Yarmouth native Hanley Denning, provides comprehensive education, health and enrichment programs to nearly 500 students from 300 families living in the community around the Guatemala City garbage dump—one of the largest open landfills in Central America.

Your donations provide hope, education, and opportunity to our students and their families in the Guatemala City garbage dump community.


Would you like to sponsor our community event?

Download a copy of our 2020 Sponsor Packet and return it to our U.S. office at 49 Farm View Dr, Suite 302, New Gloucester, ME 04260 or info@safepassage.org


Check out our article in the Falmouth Forecaster:

Safe Passage turns 20: Guatemala aid organization marks milestone with global virtual 5K.

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