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Event Info:
Celebrate spring time with a Saturday at Roger Williams Park!

Join Children’s Friend and Panera Bread on Saturday, April 29, 2017 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 Walk & 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 $30 registration fee for runners.

Is there a fee to participate?
There is no fee to attend the event or participate in the Walk. A $30 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.
Event Location:
Roger Williams Park Temple to Music 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907

Event Schedule:

Registration for Walkers and Runners4/29/2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
5K Run/Walk Start4/29/2017 10:00 am
Panera Lunch & Free Fun Activities4/29/2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Runner Registration: $30.00
Runner Registration

Walker Registration: No Fees
General Registration


Participant Level
Level 5 -Top Individual fundraiser ($1,000.00 + ) 
Be the top individual fundraiser for the 5K Walk & Run and win an iPad Mini!

Level 4 - Individual ($500.00 + ) 
Raise $500 or more to qualify for a Children's Friend bag.

Level 3 - Individual ($300.00 - $499.00) 
Raise between $300 and $499.99 to qualify for a Children's Friend Sweatshirt!

Level 2 - Individual ($150.00 - $299.99) 
Raise between $150 and $299.99 to qualify for a Children's Friend beverage holder.

Level 1 - Individual ($50.00 - $149.99) 
Raise between $50 and $149.99 to qualify for a Children's Friend 5K Walk and Run Short-Sleeved T-shirt!

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