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Runners, General Field

Competitive and recreational runners

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Recreational walkers and athletes with disabilities who choose to participate at a walking pace with or without assistive devices

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Duo Division

One athlete pushing an athlete with a disability in a racing wheelchair or racing stroller

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Push-rim Division

Athlete who uses a manual or push-rim wheelchair to compete

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Athlete who competes in a recumbent or other manual wheelchair using a hand apparatus to pedal and steer

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Power Mobility

Athletes who use power wheelchairs, scooters, or other powered medically necessary devices for ambulation

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Stroller Division

Athlete pushing up to two children in a recreational stroller

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Visually Impaired

Visually Impaired Division

Athlete who is legally blind and competing with or without guides (Up to two guides allowed)

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Athletes with Disabilities, Other

Any athlete with an invisible or other disability wishing to identify and register as such

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Corporate Teams

Show your commitment to your organization and community by entering team/s of runners to compete for best corporate time and/or charitable fundraising efforts for The Play Brigade

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Charity Partners

Create a charity team to raise awareness and funds for your own 501(c)(3) organization

Event Timeline

7:30 AM - Event registration to open
8:30 AM - Speaking program
9:00 AM - Race start
10:30 AM - Awards Program


Boston Common


Charles Street between the Public Gardens and Boston Common


  • Awards will be given to placing participants in each division.
  • Top placing corporate teams.
  • Top charity fundraising teams as of 10/10/17.
  • All finishers in 5k and 1k will receive a finisher’s medal.

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.

5K Course

Walking Course

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Event Details

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. start
Boston Common
Charles Street, between the Public Gardens and 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.

If you have questions about special parking needs, please call Conventures at 888-767- RACE.

What to Bring

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

Number & T-shirt Pickup

Please check back for more details.

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.

If you need help during the race, move to the side of the course and contact the nearest course marshal, volunteer, or police officer. They will alert the Boston EMS medical bike team or ambulance that medical assistance is needed. If you see another runner in distress, please notify the nearest course marshal or police officer with the injured runner’s location and bib number if available.


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.)
Instant results on site and emailed directly to you.

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

Please check back for more information closer to race day.

Fundraising / 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 for information on our Charity Partners Program, or call 781-763-PLAY.


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

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 to discuss sponsorship opportunities, or call 781-763- PLAY.


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Joint Ventures