Walk & Run Details
Run Registration Opens 7:30 am
Run Toward the Cure 8K Starts 8:30 am
Walker Registration Opens 8:30 am
Stage Program Begins 9:45 am
Survivor Photo 10 am
Walk Steps Off 10:30 am
We're celebrating 24 years of hope!
Join us on October 22, 2017 as we hit the pavement in support of breast health in western Massachusetts. Since 1994, Rays of Hope has raised over $13.7 million, all of which has remained local to help the people in our communities.
The 8th annual Run Toward the Cure 8K is a timed run with support from Fleet Feet Sports. Runners will lead the way, as they hit the pavement at 8:30 am, prior to the walk participants who step off at 10:30 am. Runners sign up online with a $50 registration fee and create a personal webpage where they can easily fundraise for Rays of Hope. Runner Event Day registration will open at 7:30 am on October 22nd. Visit the Run Toward the Cure 8K page for more details.
The Walk in Springfield begins at Temple Beth El on Dickinson Street. Large tents, pink balloons, music, colorful flags and a festive, hopeful atmosphere welcome all participants. The official program begins at 9:45 a.m. then the Walk steps off at 10:30 am in a sea of pink shirts and smiling faces.
Exhibitor Tent: Local businesses and services offer information and giveaways in the Exhibitor Tent. Interested vendors should email the Rays of Hope Office for applications.
Log Rolling Food Truck & Rays of Hope Store:
Be sure to bring extra spending money - the Log Rolling food truck will be selling delish food and refreshments all day long. And, the Rays of Hope Store sells merchandise including sweatshirts, zip-up hoodies, scarves, Vineyard Vines tote bags and more for both men and women!
Free parking is available at specific locations near Temple Beth El. Free shuttle service runs continuously from each parking lot bringing participants to the main event site at Temple Beth El. Participants should refrain from parking on the side streets near the Temple in consideration of the people who live there. Dickinson Street will have traffic diverted onto Tiffany Street to allow for easy shuttle bus access for all participants. There is ample storage space on the shuttle buses for strollers.
RUNNERS should park at American Saw & Mfg. parking lot ONLY! This is the only lot that will be open with shuttles running at 7:30 AM. All other lots open with shuttles running at 8:30 AM.
Handicapped parking is available at Temple Beth El with official handicapped parking permits and/or license plates only.
Click here for parking locations and directions.
The Pink Hope Lounge is a beautifully decorated and magical place for everyone to visit and it is where breast cancer survivors receive a pink Rays of Hope Survivor tee shirt and goodie bag filled with meaningful items. Survivors can also choose a beautiful, handcrafted pink scarf made especially for them by caring hands from across New England. Complimentary spa treatments are also offered to survivors. The Survivors' photo takes place at 10:00 AM near the Pink Hope Lounge. Click for more Survivor information and resources.
There are a two-mile and a five-mile route that participants can enjoy. Runners in the 8K will follow the five-mile route. The two-mile route is accessible to all walkers including handicapped participants. It is a flat route following the loop around the ball field in Forest Park then back to Temple Beth El.
The five-mile route is a little more challenging with some hills. The route winds its way in and out of Forest Park before heading back to Temple Beth El for walkers (the 8K run ends at the corner of Porter Lake Drive and Dickinson Street.) Both routes offer beautiful fall scenery in and around historic Forest Park.
Click here for detailed directions of the Rays of Hope Walk routes.
There are several water stops sponsored by local businesses along both routes. Free bottled water is available for all participants. Many of the sponsors offer goodies, too! Restrooms are available at each Water Stop. Handicapped accessible units are available at four of the Water Stops.
All along the Walk routes participants will be entertained by the many local musicians who have volunteered their time and talents to Rays of Hope. We know you will enjoy them and may even pause to dance or sing along!
Are Prohibited At The Walk
While we know your family pet is probably quite friendly we ask that you leave them at home. More than 20,000 people participate in Rays of Hope and it can be quite intimidating for even the most disciplined pet. Please consider your pet's safety and the safety of your fellow participants.