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In the interest of public health the 15th Annual Benefit Walk/Run for Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House will take place virtually!
Any time between Thursday, September 10th and Sunday, September 20th, complete your distance, submit your results, and upload photos to our social media sites.
Each Adult 5K or 10K participant receives a T-Shirt, E-Bib, and E-Finisher Certificate; shirts are available for Youths and 1 Milers for a modest fee. We will also send along a playlist of music and words of encouragement from event Honorary Chair and elite Marathon legend Uta Pippig, as well as Orchard House Staff and volunteers.
Maintain physical distance while you run or walk along the beautiful streets of Historic Concord, MA following our USATF-certified 10K course or our Alternate 5K (due to ongoing construction along our certified 5K). Not in Concord? No worries. You can run or walk anywhere in the world. On a treadmill. Around your apartment. Up and down the stairs. In your backyard or basement. At a playground or park. The possibilities are virtually endless!
Walkers, strollercisers, and running groups/teams welcome. Youngsters or fitness newbies can start with our new 1 Miler. Fundraising is most definitely encouraged, but not required. An added bonus this year is the ability to utilize the RaceJoy app to chart your progress, get and give cheers of support, and certify your time to qualify for your next big race – you can even track Uta Pippig!
If you’re unable to physically participate, give a Gift Registration to someone you know, make a Donation, and/or purchase a Commemorative T-shirt or other items from our Virtual Walk/Run Store. All proceeds benefit the mission of public education and historic preservation at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, c. 1650.
(Read more about what we do -- and why we do a 5K/10K -- below or visit our website for even more information )
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Orchard House is most noted for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set the beloved novel, Little Women, in 1868. The Alcotts were a famous yet flawed family who firmly believed in the power of unconditional love, personal agency, and social justice. A visit to Orchard House allows for discovery of the many ways in which they impacted literature, education, philosophy, art, reforms of all kinds -- and each other. This noble home also has a rich history stretching back two centuries beforehand, as well as more than 100 years of life as a treasured historic site open to the public.
Louisa May Alcott and her family also believed in the importance of a health-conscious lifestyle long before it was popular to do so: they were vegetarians, protested against animal cruelty, and believed that the well-being of both mind and body were vital to human development. Miss Alcott herself loved to run from a very early age, once writing in her journal, “I always thought I must have been a deer or a horse in a former state because it is such a joy to run!” As an adult, she was even known to walk from Concord, MA to Boston -- a distance of 22 miles -- in one day and be ready to dance at a party that night! Her father, educator and philosopher A. Bronson Alcott, was also one of the first teachers in America to include co-educational physical fitness in his school curriculum.
Since 2005, the place the Alcotts called home for over 20 years – “Orchard House” (c. 1650) -- has honored the family’s dedication to healthy living by sponsoring a 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk. Each year, we have been faithfully supported by Honorary Chair Uta Pippig, three-time winner of both the Boston and Berlin Marathons, winner of the New York City Marathon, two-time Olympian, and one of the most sought-after fitness motivators in the world. All manner of runners, walkers, and their supporters -- from elite marathoners and casual joggers to wheelchair riders and “strollercisers” -- come together as a community to celebrate the sheer joy of movement!
All proceeds from this fundraiser support educational programming and historic preservation at Orchard House. Donations help maximize our ability to provide free or discounted admission to underserved schoolchildren; create innovative education programs for students, teachers, homeschoolers, and elder learners; preserve the irreplaceable artifacts and archives for scholars and visitors alike to enjoy; and, continue to serve as a touchstone for anyone seeking understanding, acceptance, and inspiration. We would love to have you run, walk, or cheer for those who do, and support Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House every step of the way! Thank you in advance.
Download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking during this year's Benefit Walk/Run for Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House!
RaceJoy adds to the event experience with these key features:
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House is pleased to sponsor RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators free access (usually a 99¢ fee)
Notes: Participant must carry a phone; no official race timing information is provided for this race via RaceJoy
Orchard House is located at 399 Lexington Road in Concord, MA, but you can participate anywhere!Open in External Application
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