Traverse City, Michigan


Saturday, September 25, 2010

11am - 2pm

5K Walk/Run, 1-mile "Walk & Roll," Post-race Fiesta
Hosted by the Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage
Registration is now open on
(Even if you won't be running or walking, you can still support our efforts for Safe Passage. Please make a donation HERE, through our FirstGiving page)


Times: 11:00am for 5K; 11:15am for 1-mile “Walk & Roll”

Grand Traverse Commons
Eleventh and Elmwood Streets
Traverse City, MI 49684 [view the course map here]

Contact Info: 
Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage
PO Box 621
Traverse City, MI 49685
Phone:  231-590-6072 (leave message only)

Race Registration:

               Online at, or by mail

               $35 in advance; $40 day of event

               $35 for 1-mile “walk and roll;” $15 for age 12 and under

All race registration fees include a t-shirt and admission to the post-race Fiesta. Everyone registered by Sept. 15 is guaranteed a t-shirt; after Sept. 15 t-shirts are subject to availability.

Race Details:

           5K run/walk over varied terrain – paved and gravel streets, dirt trails on some hills, grass (Note: 5K course is not suitable for wheeled vehicles, rollerblades, etc.; no pets please.) [view the course map here]

          The 5K race will be chip-timed. Awards will be given to the top three male and female 5K finishers in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 & over. Prizes will also be given to participants in either race who raise the most in sponsor donations.

          1-mile “walk and roll” for amblers, families with strollers, wheelchairs – all sidewalks

Post-race Fiesta 2010:

               Fiesta-only admission: $25 per person or $10 for age 12 & under

               Noon - 2 pm, under the big tent near the race finish line; Music; Food and soft drinks; Cash bar with Right Brain Brewery beer and local wine; Mercado (market) featuring Guatemalan crafts and Safe Passage merchandise; Raffle; plus lots of information about Safe Passage – visits to the program; short- or long-term volunteering; sponsoring a child, parent or classroom; local Great Lakes Friends activities; and much more.

Grand Traverse Commons: 

Please join us for a 5K tour of the park-like setting of the Grand Traverse Commons, a mixed-use development being created on the historic grounds of the former Traverse City State Hospital. Opened in 1885 as Northern Michigan Asylum, the 1/4-mile-long Building 50, along with several out-buildings, is being redeveloped as The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. It houses shops, restaurants, galleries, wineries, offices and residential condominiums. The 484-acre campus, which lies in parts of Traverse City and Garfield Township, is also home to Munson Medical Center, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, and others. The expansive east front lawn includes an extensive arboretum, and the western section of the area includes many trails through wooded natural areas. Links:

               History --

               Redevelopment --

Safe Passage:

Safe Passage is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and opportunity to the children of the Guatemala City garbage dump community. Born in 1999 from the passionate vision of a single person, Safe Passage today channels the efforts of teachers, staff, volunteers and supporters to turn the dream of education into a reality for hundreds of Guatemala’s poorest and most marginalized youth.

“Esperanza” is the Spanish word for “hope,” and in September 2010, communities around the world will run and walk together in friendship, hope, and solidarity to support the children and families of Safe Passage. The 5K events held in 15-20 locations across North America, Guatemala, and Europe will give thousands of people the chance to collectively honor Safe Passage’s late founder, Hanley Denning, and her vision of helping families build better lives for themselves beyond the garbage dump. Together, we will celebrate the enormous impact one person can make and how many lives can thereby be changed for the better. The children in Guatemala City will be running as well, taking a physically and symbolically active role in striving toward a brighter, healthier future.

For more information about Safe Passage, go to

Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage:

Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage is one of 17 regional “Friends” groups throughout the United States, Canada, Guatemala and Europe that support and promote Safe Passage through fundraising and awareness activities. For the past several years, Great Lakes Friends has held an annual Fiesta to benefit the children and families of Safe Passage. In 2009, we hosted the first of a series of international concerts by Colombian singer Marta Gómez, who donated her talents to raise money for the program in commemoration of Safe Passage’s 10th year. In 2010, we are joining thousands of participants in 15-20 locations for the Esperanza 5K to promote “hope” for the residents of the Guatemala City garbage dump community who are served by Safe Passage.

For more information, email

Subpages (1): 5K Course Map