17th Annual Safe Passage 5K - Virtual Event

Fri September 10 - Sun September 19 New Gloucester, ME 04260 US Directions

17th Annual Safe Passage 5K - Virtual Event

The 17th Annual Safe Passage/Camino Seguro 5K will again be held in September this year, from the 10th to 19th.  We are building on the incredible success of the 2020 event which was postponed from May and was held “virtually” because of COVID-19.  The virtual event was amazing!  We had over 250 runners or walkers spread around the US (15 states) and around the globe (6 countries)!  Going virtual meant people could participate even if they weren’t in the vicinity of Cumberland, Maine or even on this continent. We surpassed our fundraising goal by over 60%!

What can $20,000 do for the students of Safe Passage? 

$20,000 will make a huge impact towards costs to support our new middle school!

Check out the video from last year's event:  Safe Passage 2020 5K

We are keeping the virtual element for 2021 and encourage people to join us by running or walking during a 10 day period this September.  If health conditions permit, we may add a small, in-person gathering in Cumberland on Sunday, September 19th.  Our goal will again be $20,000 (a target we hope to exceed).

Safe Passage was founded by Hanley Denning, a Yarmouth resident (and alum of Greely High School and Bowdoin College), to provide education, health and enrichment programs to students and families living in extreme poverty in the community of the Guatemala City garbage dump.  It has since expanded into a full-day school and currently serves over 500 students and 319 families annually.


Registration Fees:

  • Adults:  $25 
  • Students: $12
  • Families: $60 for family of four plus $10 per additional student

T-shirt sizes:  

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

We are happy to announce that everyone will again get a t-shirt this year. If you register by August 9th, your tee will be mailed by September 6th. 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 9th will receive t-shirts shortly after the event is complete.

While you are racing…

We would love to see YOUR photos and video from the race! Please share either by emailing them to info@safepassage.org or click on the "more" tab at the top of the page, then click "photos" and select the correct race year. 

Event Schedule

By September 6th:  T-shirts will be shipped for all runners who registered by August 9th.

*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 10th to September 19th:  Run Your Race, Your Way!

September 10th to September 19th:  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 19th: 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 after September 9th 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.

Our goal again this year is to raise $20,000 in support of our middle school. Funds will help offset the costs of science and technology improvements which is an integral part of our middle school curriculum.  We did it last year - let's make it happen again (and more)!



Muchas gracias, to our 2021 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!

Would you like to sponsor our community event?
Download a copy of our 2021 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. 

Finish Line Sponsor ($2,000+)

Fiesta Sponsors ($1,000+)
Maine Medical Partners, Coffee by Design, HiSolutions AG, Holman Homes.

Leadership Sponsors ($500+)
Cumberland Crossing by Ocean View, Back Cove Financial, Estabrook's Garden Center, Immigration Law Group, InterMed P.A., Smithwick & Mariners Insurance, Atlantic Physical Therapy, Wells Fargo Advisors (Rob Donovan), Spectrum Healthcare Partners.

Esperanza Sponsors ($250+)
Douglas Mason Painting, Hancock Lumber, Bath Savings Institution, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Sevee & Maher Engineers, Skillins Greenhouses, The Slader Family, Casco Bay Ford, Maine Technical Source, The Dennen Family.

International Partners
German Friends of Camino Seguro, designersgroup, Botschaft von Guatemala, TELUS International, Ferretería EPA, S.A., Desarrollo en Movimiento, Corporación Excelta, S.A., Marroquín, Pérez y Asociados, Fundación SigmaQ, Les Amis Des Enfants Du Monde, Communication Consulting Group, Guatemala.com.

In-Kind Donations
Fleet Feet, Bourgeois Sign & Design, LT's Inc., Eat Drink Lucky, LogMeIn (Guatemala).


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 to Creamos (https://www.creamosfuturos.com/shop).

$200 gift certificate to Fleet Feet (https://www.fleetfeet.com/).

$300 VISA gift card.

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 13th, and online donations to RunSignUp need to be in by Friday, September 17th.  Winners will be announced through Safe Passage Facebook Live on Sunday, Sept 19th 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.


Help spread the word in your community, church, or organization.

Download our flyers or poster to share with friends and family:

In English:  flyers or poster

En español (solo no guatemalteco):  volantes y póster

En español (solo guatemalteco):  póster

Auf Deutsch:  poster

En français:  affiche


Check out last year's article in the Falmouth Forecaster:

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

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