18th Annual Safe Passage 5K - Virtual Event

Fri September 9 - Sun October 9 New Gloucester, ME 04260 US Directions


18th Annual Safe Passage 5K - Virtual Event


2022 marks our 18th Annual Safe Passage 5K, raising funds to support our school in Guatemala. The race will be held virtually again from                          September 9th-18th, 2022. The last two year's virtual events, have seen our most successful races ever, raising well over our targeted goal each year. Join us again in bringing hope, education, and opportunity to our students.


Check out some highlights from our 2021 and 2020 Virtual Events!


Our 2022 Fundraising Goal: $30,000 

The realities of the pandemic hit our community hard. The Guatemalan Ministry of Education closed all schools (for in-person learning) across the country in March 2020. After nearly 2 years of remote learning, we were finally able to welcome our students back to campus in late January 2022 on a part-time, hybrid-learning basis (with many new restrictions, protocols and social distancing procedures in place).

This year, money raised through our Virtual 5K will go towards addressing the academic, social and emotional deficits created by the school closure and inability to see our students face-to-face during the pandemic. Your support will help provide necessary resources to address challenges around nutritional needs, the hiring of additional teachers and another psychologist to support our students, more training in trauma informed practices for staff, and so many other important necessities.


What is Safe Passage?

Safe Passage, founded in 1999 by Yarmouth, ME native, Hanley Denning (an alum of Greely High School and Bowdoin College), is a K-9th grade school providing comprehensive education, health, and enrichment programs to over 500 students and 300 families living in extreme poverty in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump. 


Registration Fees:

  • Adults:  $25 
  • Students: $12
  • Families: $65 for family of four, plus $12 per additional student



We are happy to announce that everyone within the U.S, Guatemala and Germany will again receive a free t-shirt this year. Unfortunately, folks outside these areas may be asked to cover the cost of shipping (due to high shipping rates). 

If you register by August 1st, we will try our very best to ship your tee in time for you to have it before the event. 

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 outside of the area. Registrants after August 1st may receive t-shirts after the event is complete (depending on date of registration and supply of shirt sizes).

*Tees are available in Men's, Women's and Youth sizes. Please note we are all out of Women's XL sizes*


While you are racing…

We would LOVE to see your photos and video from the race! Please share them either by emailing to info@safepassage.org or click on the "more" tab at the top of the page (while logged into your RunSignUp account), then click "photos" and select the correct race year. 


Want to help spread the word about or 18th Annual 5K? Download our 2022 Race Poster and Race Flyer to share with your friends, family and neighbors!


Event Schedule

August 29th/30th:  T-shirts will be shipped for all runners who registered by August 1st.

*Please understand that we are a small team and due to timing of your registration, processing, shipping time, etc. we cannot always guarantee you will receive your t-shirt before the event. We do our very best to get the tees to you prior to the race, but appreciate your patience with us.* 

September 9th - September 18th:   Run, walk, bike - complete your race, your way!

September 9th - September 18th:  We would love to see photos from your virtual race!  To submit photos or selfies, sign into your RunSignUp.com account, open the race page, and click on “More – Photos” at the top. Then 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 or upload them for you!

September 18th: 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!!

Late September:  T-shirts will be delivered for all runners who registered late or who live outside of the U.S. 


Fundraising and Donations

All participants are encouraged to raise funds to benefit Safe Passage programs in Guatemala City. Set up a peer-to-peer fundraising page when you register and you can share your Safe Passage connection and stories with friends and family via social media or email!


What kind of impact can a single gift make?

A gift of $10 pays for 3 student's meals for one day on campus.

A gift of $25 is the equivalent of a student's classroom supplies for over a week (IE. worksheets, pencils, crayons, etc).

A gift of $75 covers the cost of food and preparation for 25 student's meals for a day on campus.

A gift of $100 can provide a student with roughly 1 month of support from our social services team. 


Create your own fundraiser through RunSignUp and join our #videochallenge today!! 



Muchas gracias, to our very generous 2022 race sponsors!


Fiesta Sponsors ($1000+)

Coffee by Design, Holman Homes, Maine Medical Partners.


Leadership Sponsors ($500+)

Atlantic Physical Therapy, Cumberland Crossing by Ocean View, Estabrook's Farm & Greenhouses, Northeast Heat Pumps, Rotary Club of Weymouth, MA, Wells Fargo Advisors (Rob Donovan).


Esperanza Sponsors ($250+)

Bath Savings Institution, Casco Bay Ford, Clark Insurance, Douglas Mason Painting, German Friends of Camino Seguro, Hancock Lumber, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Sevee & Maher, Skillins Greenhouses, Smithwick & Mariners Insurance, Spectrum Orthopaedics.

Would you like to sign up to sponsor our virtual event?

Download a copy of our 2022 Sponsor Packet and return it to us via email at info@safepassage.org, or to our U.S. office at: Safe Passage,  49 Farm View Dr. Suite 302, New Gloucester, ME 04260. 


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


Check out a previous year's article in the Falmouth Forecaster:

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

Anywhere around the globe!
New Gloucester, ME US 04260
Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.

Race Participant Survey

Please complete the following survey to help us better understand your race experience.

Did you participate in the race?

Would you recommend this race to a friend?

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read how we use cookies and how you can control them by visiting our Privacy Policy.

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies.