BC High to hold Virtual 5K event to support students
By Hingham Current Staff, April 29, 2020
Boston College High School is raising money to support its most at-risk students and families who have been impacted by COVID-19 by holding a virtual 5K event.
“When our President and the Senior Leadership Team learned school campuses would be closed across the state our President assembled a COVID-19 Task Force," said BC High Sr. Director of Alumni Engagement Michael P. O’Brien. "We acted to form the Emergency Student Financial Aid Fund which through the generosity of our alumni and parent community will ensure a BC High education remains accessible for our families during this pandemic.”
Runners across the area are being invited to participate in the charity 5K, one that doesn't require them to leave their neighborhoods. "Over 200 students, parents, alumni, and faculty have pledged to participate this weekend in the Eagle Virtual 5K Challenge, and there is still time to register!”
Here's how it works. Runners and walkers register online then decide upon their own route, whether it's on the treadmill or along their favorite local streets, that they will complete. The race can be completed any time between Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m. through Sunday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. Runners and walkers are encouraged to tag BC High on their "race day" using the two hashtags #EagleChallenge5k and #BCHighBostonBeyond. And of course BC High encourages participants to follow social distancing guidelines.
There will still be a competitive element. After registering, runners will get an email with instructions on how to download the free distance and time tracking app “Strava." If they are not interested in the app, participants are also allowed to use the distance and time tracking method they are most comfortable with. There will 9 challenge divisions,
Special race medals will be awarded for the top three finishers in each division. There will be a leaderboard; top finisher medals will be awarded; and the best attire will be featured in an upcoming President’s Newsletter. The organizers are encouraging participants to get creative with their race day attire.
“I’ve also heard through the grapevine that 'Morris,' our Eagle Mascot, named after our campus location on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, may make a few drive by appearances to cheer on some of our students," said O’Brien. "We are hoping this will be a way for our entire community to come together to support our students during this challenging time.” All registration fees will be donated to the Emergency Student Financial Aid Fund.
"I truly believe my attendance at BCH prepared me well for college, my career and life in general. I believe students attending BCH will forever benefit from the work ethic and organizational skills they develop as they complete a challenging curriculum, the friendships that will connect them for a lifetime and the results of the positive impact they will make in their communities as they strive to become men for others, a value that will be instilled in them from the first day," said Hingham BC High alumnus Rob MacElhiney.
If you are interested in racing or donating, you can do it online here.