The Play Brigade 5K

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Boston Common 0 Charles Street BostonMA  02108
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Boston Common 0 Charles Street BostonMA  02108

About This Activity

A Different Race

This is no ordinary road race. There is a vast group of competitive and recreational runners who don’t fit into the categories offered in typical races. The Play Brigade 5k is the first of its kind in Boston to welcome runners of all fitness levels, as well as physical or cognitive abilities, without exception. Please join us in this landmark event that celebrates the ability of every individual — a run for everyone!

About The Play Brigade

The Play Brigade raises awareness of "inclusion" as a social problem, illustrating how individuals and entire communities benefit when every person has the opportunity to participate and belong. We focus on play, recreation, and sports & fitness — anything a typical person could do for fun that could be met with significant obstacles by someone who has a disability. 

We move the needle for social change by forming allies with leaders who have the ability to effect change in their organization or municipality, by helping organizations become more successful by becoming more inclusive, and by demonstrating (through projects like all-abilities road races and universally accessible playgrounds) true inclusion and its benefits to communities and society as a whole — far beyond just something that affects the 20% of people in America. All money raised by The Play Brigade goes directly back into this community.

Event details and schedule

Event Details

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. start
Boston Common


Directions / Parking

We encourage you to arrive at the Boston Common early as several of the roads surrounding the Common will be closed. Use of public transportation is strongly recommended. The race site is within easy walking distance of the Boylston or Arlington Street MBTA Stops (Green Line) or Park Street MBTA Stop (Red or Green Line). Parking on race day is available at the Boston Common Garage, and will be open for entry until 8:30 AM. It will be closed for entry from 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM. You can also expect exit delays from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM. 


What to Bring

Race number with ChronoTrack Timing Tag, safety pins, site plan of race activities, and warm-up clothing.


Number & T-shirt Pickup

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Water Stations and Mile Markers

There will be two water stations along the 5k route and one on the 1k route on the Boston Common. Each mile of the 5k route will be clearly marked with a mile marker sign.



All participants: Please complete the backside of your bib number with emergency contact information, as well as any medical concerns and/or allergies Boston EMS should know in an emergency.

Medical assistance will be located at the start/finish and will be supported by Boston EMS bike teams. 


You will receive event emails with seeding details prior to the race, and the website will be updated as seeding is finalized. We anticipate seeding based on participant categories, as well as seeding that maximizes groups participating across multiple categories, while maintaining course and athlete safety.


Runner Courtesy

Due to the size and breadth of the field in this unique race, consideration of your fellow runners is essential to ensure a safe race for all. If you must stop running at any point during the race to rest, take a photograph, or any other reason, please pull off to the side before you stop.

Race Timing

The race will be timed by the Chronotrack B-Tag, a single use microchip contained in your bib numbers. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is:

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)


Results / Awards

Results will be posted immediately following the race. The awards ceremony will be held at 10:30 AM, after race conclusion, on the Boston Common.


Baggage Claim

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Charity Partners

We welcome individuals and groups to use this race as an opportunity to raise funds for The Play Brigade. The race registration website will allow you the opportunity to fundraise as an individual, create a fundraising team, or join an existing team. Through your generosity and ambassadorship, we are able to engage leaders, conduct demonstration projects (like this race and accessible playground equipment), and empower people with and without disabilities to get involved and build a more inclusive community with more fun for everyone.

If you would like to create a team to raise funds for another Boston-area nonprofit, please email charitypartners@playbrigade.com 


Our volunteers are critical to making our events a success. Volunteering is a great way to be involved, whether you are an athlete or not. Our volunteers assist with activities leading up to race day and/or on race day itself, and are needed in every area, including medical, number and t-shirt pick-up, water stations, set-up and break-down, clean-up, recycling, finishers’ medal presentation, and much more. If you would like to volunteer, email playbrigade5k@conventures.com

Sponsorship / Corporate Teams

We encourage corporate partners to engage their employees as volunteers and ambassadors for inclusion. You can find out more about our many levels of corporate sponsorship opportunities here. Please email sponsors@playbrigade.com 

Organizer Info

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Map & Direction

Boston Common 0 Charles Street BostonMA  02108
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