A group of North End residents is organizing the first 5K Stephen’s Run on Sunday, October 13, 2013 in honor of Stephen Perez and to benefit the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the Rosanne Sdoia Recovery Fund. The 5k run will start and end at the Prado (Paul Revere Mall) on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End, traveling through Historic Downtown Boston. The 5k run is on the morning before the North End Columbus Day Parade. Register for the Stephen’s 5K run by clicking the button below:

Stephen’s Run – 2013 Online Registration

Online registration is open through 10/11/2013 at 11:00 am ($25 registration fee). You can also register on the day of the event from 9:30 am – 10:45 am ($30 on day of registration). Meet at the Paul Revere Mall on Sunday, October 13, 2013. T-shirts only guaranteed if you register before September 30th. Awards will go to the top 3 male and female runners.

Connect with Stephen’s Run via @StephensRun2013, Facebook or via email: StephensRun2013@gmail.com

Stephen’s Story

Stephen J. Perez was a young man whose life was taken too soon. As a child Stephen grew up in Boston’s North End and attended Saint John’s School. Stephen went off to graduate high school and enlisted in the Army. He did three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq where he was a sniper. When Stephen was through with his service he applied to Bunker Hill Community College and studied Criminal Justice Stephen was an A student at BHCC and was part of the Criminal Justice Club and active in the Veterans section of BHCC. During this time Stephen’s goal was to be a police officer.

Sadly, Stephen was tragically murdered on the night of April 28th, 2012 in a senseless act of violence. At the time of his death Stephen was 23 years old. Two months later he was accepted into the police academy. Though Stephen lived a short life, he accomplished so much and had so much more to give, both to his family and his community. With “Stephen’s Run” we honor both Stephen’s commitment to his country and his dream to serve his community. On October 13th, runners will gather at the Paul Revere Statue in the North End for a 5K run that will take them through Downtown Boston, along the historic Freedom Trail and back into the North End to raise money for both the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the Rosanne Sdoia Recovery Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions:

-Who does the 5k benefit?

Raise money for both the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the Rosanne Sdoia Recovery Fund, a victim of the Boston Marathon

– Why the event? 

This is an inaugural event designed to honor a neighborhood veteran whose young man whose life was taken too soon.  .

– What percentage of the funds rose will go to the charities?

The costs of the inaugural fund will be provided through donations and registration?  All remaining funds raised will go to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the Rosanne Sdoia Recovery Fund, a victim of the Boston Marathon

– How much does it cost to register?
Early registration, prior to October 1st is $25. Regular registration is $30. All registered participants will receive an official race T-shirt.

– Where do I pick-up my race packet?
Packet pick-up will occur on October 13th at 9:00am at the Prado on Hanover Street, North End. All registrants will receive an informative email prior to the race.

– How do I make an additional contribution?
Additional contributions may be made by visiting our race table, or during online registration.

– Is there an age requirement to participate?
No. The 5k is open to all ages, but anyone under the age of 18 needs permission from a parent or guardian.

– What time does the race start?
The race begins at 11:00 a.m. and due to road closures, all participants must arrive at the Prado no later than 10:30.

– How do I get to the Prado and where do I park?
There is visitor parking in the North End and several garages located by the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, and Hay Market T Station and on Commercial Street Waterfront.

– May I walk the 5k, or do I have to run?
The 5k is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between. See our website registration for the course details

– May I run with a stroller?

– May I run with my dog?
No, only licensed guide dogs are permitted on the course.

– I have a physical disability, can I still participate?
Yes, if you believe you may need special assistance, please contact us.

– May I observe the 5k, or do I need to register?
We welcome all members of our community to participate in any way they can, including cheering, running, walking or volunteering.

– What is the post race events?
Following the race, the City of Boston will be hosting the annual Columbus Day Parade.  There are a Post Race gathering spots in the in the North End, Florentine’s or 4 Winds where you will receive a free drink when you present your race coupon. The arrival of the Christopher Columbus Day Parade is scheduled to arrive shortly after 1:00 pm.

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  1. This looks like a great event!! Unfortunately it conflicts with BAA that same day 🙁 I will still make a contribution (my brother in law is deployed currently, the cause is close to my heart) perhaps next year it could be held that Sat or Monday? I know getting permits etc is tough and maybe you did not have a choice on the date. Best of luck!

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