Rafael’s Race

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5K race/1K run-walk
October 7, 2017

8:30am to 10:30am
1K start time- 8:40 am
5K start time- 9:00 am

Greenbelt Elementary School, Greenbelt, MD

Rafael’s Race is sponsored by the Greenbelt Elementary School PTA. The race is powered by teachers and families who were moved by the unstoppable spirit of Rafael Martins.

Rafael Martins was a 4th-grade student at GES, who sadly passed away in October of 2009. Rafael’s last day of school was a field trip to Bladensburg Waterfront Park, where he and his classmates took part in learning about nature and animal habitats. As the class was leaving to return to school, Rafael saw an American Bald Eagle soaring overhead.

Proceeds will support the PTA’s mission to offer activities that enhance the joy and well-being of GES students and staff in a way that complements and enriches the learning environment. All proceeds collected from this race will be used to support student field trips, and to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

To learn more about Rafael Martins, please visit www.rafaelzmart.com


2017 Photos

Please check out photos from the 2017 Race, courtesy of Sharon Natoli!

http://www.natoliphoto.com/Portraits/Rafaels-Race


The Course

The 1K fun run-walk begins at the front of Greenbelt Elementary School, going down (south) Laurel Hill Road, right (west) onto Hillside, and right again (north) onto Research Road, and back to the school entrance. A map of the 1K course can be found here — PNG here

The 5K race begins at the front of Greenbelt Elementary School, going down Laurel Hill Road, Hillside, and Northway to the east entrance of Greenbelt Lake. Runners complete one loop of the lake, coming out again at the east entrance, before taking the walking/biking trail north through the tunnel under Hillside, turning left to rejoin Hillside, then up Research Road to Ridge Road, and back to the school entrance. A map of the 5K course can be found here — PNG here.

Please note: no headphones, strollers or baby joggers allowed on the course.

The main parking lot at GES will be closed on the day of the race, but limited parking will be available in the bus lot. Early arrival is recommended to find parking.


Registration & Pricing

Online Registration:

Click here to register!

Registration by mail:

Greenbelt Elementary School
ATTN: Rafael’s Race
66 Ridge Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
All payments must be made out to: GES PTA.

  • 5K — $20 ($25 day of registration)
  • 1K — $10
  • Student (age 18 and under) on a School Team 5K — $15
  • Student (age 18 and under) on a School Team 1K — $8

On-site registration day of race:

  • You may register on Saturday, October 7 at the race site (GES) starting at 8:15 a.m.
  • Registration for the 1K Fun Run will end at 8:30 a.m.
  • Registration for the 5K Road Race will end at 8:45 a.m.
  • 5K — $25
  • 1K — $12

Results


Sponsorship & Donations

Interested in Sponsoring? Please download the Sponsorship Form [PDF].

Completed forms must be returned by October 7th to:
Greenbelt Elementary School
ATTN: Rafael’s Race
66 Ridge Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770


Volunteering

 

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped out with the 2015 Rafael’s Race!

There are many people to thank, but I’d like to thank the Greenbelt Elementary School teachers and staff for their support, as well as parents and friends who took on multiple jobs before and on the day. In particular, the following GES parents and PTA members made sure everything moved as smoothly as possible:

Jaky Lilly
Li’l Dan Celdran
Cara Leisenham
Fatima Gendreau
Lauren Cummings
Gretchen Schock
Ingrid Hass
Aaron Marcavitch
Dave Eubanks
Thomas Zeller

… not to mention the support of the City of Greenbelt Recreation Department, and The Greenbelt Police Department, represented by Joe McNeal and Sgt Gordon Pracht, respectively.

We’re always looking for ways to improve, so if anyone has suggestions/observations/complaints, please let us know, at rafaelsrace@gmail.com

Thanks again for your support of Rafael’s Race!


Contact

For questions about this event, please contact:
Pete Colarco, Race Coordinator
E-mail: rafaelsrace@gmail.com