Published on: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Public Notices

9th Annual Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5k Challenge 

It’s time to lace up those sneakers and start training for the 9th Annual Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5k Challenge! Registration is now open.

Join us Sunday, May 7, 2017 for this exciting day of exercise and community spirit. The fun begins with the 5k Run/Walk at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Started in 2009 as a way to spread the word about the Takoma Park Safe Routes to School program, which promotes pedestrian and bicycle safety, the race also has proved to be a great way to get kids and families active. In addition to encouraging safety and exercise, the program seeks to reduce traffic congestion and emissions around schools by getting people out of their vehicles and onto their feet.

Money raised from the race supports the PTA at five schools in the City of Takoma Park: Piney Branch Elementary, Takoma Park Elementary, East Silver Spring Elementary, Rolling Terrace Elementary and Takoma Park Middle School. Students enjoy recess equipment, before and after school activities, healthy snacks at PTA events and the overall benefit of a school wellness committee.

This family friendly race is open to all ages and abilities. Participants can run or walk a ¼ mile, 1 mile or 5K (3.2 miles). For more information and to register, visit: