Rafael's Race

Rafael’s Race

5K race/1K run-walk

October 12, 2019 (Raindate: Oct. 26)


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, 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 overhad.

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.


We had splendid weather and a great turnout race day, with 108 runners registered overall (44 in the 5K and 64 in the 1K). Our top male and female finishers in the 5K were Paul Leisnham and Jo Ellen Reino, respectively. Complete results of the 5 K are visible here: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=199376. Congratulations to all our runners, and thanks for the supporting the event. See you next year!