The Saugus YMCA is pleased to announce its annual 5k road race, Not a Walk in the Park, will take place at Breakheart Reservation on April 25, 2020.
The Saugus 5k race is the first in the 2020 YMCA of Metro North Road Race Series that attracts more than 2,000 runners from the areas around Lynn, Melrose, Peabody and Saugus each season.
“We are thrilled to kick-off the association’s series once again in Saugus,” said Jen Conway, executive director of the Saugus YMCA. “Last year, we had a record-breaking 300 runners, and we hope to exceed that in 2020. The top finishers always get the best prize of winning, but everybody benefits as the proceeds go directly to fund YMCA of Metro North scholarship programs.”
In 2019, the Saugus 5k raised nearly $10,000 in scholarship funds for the association. Overall, the association received $55,000 in registration fees and sponsorships from the Road Race Series to support its charitable programs that remove income barriers for people who want to access YMCA of Metro North programs and services. A.J. Rose Carpets and Flooring in Saugus and Burlington will once again sponsor the series.
The YMCA of Metro North Road Race Series brings together area communities to run for YMCA causes. The series will continue with the Lynn YMCA’s Stride Along the Tide at Nahant Life Saving Station on May 30, Torigian Family YMCA in Peabody will host their Beat the Heat 5k on July 9, and the Melrose YMCA will finish the 5k series with the Spooky Sprint on Oct. 31. The Torigian Family YMCA also hosts a half marathon and two-person relay on Nov. 21 to support its LiveSTRONG at the Y cancer survivor programs.
Registration is now open for the Saugus 5k and the entire Road Race Series. Registrations completed by April 7, 2020 will receive a Road Race T-shirt. Go to https://www.ymcametronorth.org/support/road-race-series/