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Children's Friend 5k Walk/Run

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Celebrate spring time with a Saturday at Roger Williams Park! 

Join Children’s Friend and Panera Bread on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for a great day at the park for a good cause. We’re raising money for Rhode Island's most vulnerable children with a walk or timed 5K run, live performances, arts and crafts, and all kinds of fun for children and adults! 

There will also be plenty of delicious food from Panera Bread. 

The proceeds from The 5KWalk & Run benefit Children's Friend, Rhode Island's oldest child welfare agency. 

Children’s Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. We accomplish this by providing flexible, effective, and culturally-relevant services, and advocating for programs and policies that support and strengthen these children and their families. 


Can I bring my family to the Children’s Friend Walk?
Families and children of all ages are encouraged to attend the Walk. There will be entertainment and activities. Last year's event included interactive games, a DJ, live music, arts and crafts, and much more! 

Are pets allowed?
Yes, in accordance with Roger Williams Park policies. 

How do I set up a team? 
Register your team online by clicking “Register Here” on the Walk & Run homepage. For additional questions about registration, contact Children’s Friend at (401) 276-4300. 

What is the distance of the Walk/Run?
The course is 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. 

Will the run be timed? Yes, timing is included in the $25 registration fee for runners. 

Is there a fee to participate?
There is no fee to attend the event or participate in the Walk. A $25 entry fee is charged to runners, which includes timing services. We encourage participants to raise funds prior to the event to benefit the programs and services at Children’s Friend. 

What should I bring the day of the event? 
We suggest you dress in layers and bring a small bag to carry to hold your valuables if needed. Sunscreen is recommended for sunny days. The event takes place rain or shine. 

Will food and beverages be provided? Panera Bread will provide breakfast and lunch for all participants. In addition, several sponsors donate bottled water for walkers and runners. 

Where should I park?
Parking is available throughout the park, and one of the Children's Friend school buses will be circling the park if you'd like a ride! 

What if it rains?
The event will take place rain or shine. 


Runner: $25.00
$25 entry fee includes timing services and an event t-shirt.
Attendee - not walking or running: No Fees

Walk (I do not want a t-shirt): No Fees
Registration is free. With this registration, participant is choosing not to earn a t-shirt or sweatshirt. The money saved by Children's Friend will be used to fund programs for vulnerable kids and families.

Walk (I do want a t-shirt): No Fees
Registration is free. A minimum of $50 must be raised to earn a t-shirt or other reward. If you'd prefer the money spent on t-shirts and sweatshirts be used to fund programs for vulnerable children, choose the "I do not want a t-shirt" registration.

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