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Virtual Walk/Run Fundraiser for Louisa May Alcott ‘s Orchard House Sept 20

September 16

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An event every 2 days that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until September 20, 2020

  • Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House 15th Annual Benefit Walk/Run is VIRTUAL Sept. 10-20, 2020Race Information

    What: 15th Annual Benefit Walk/Run for Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

    Where: Concord, MA US 01742 and ANY WHERE YOU ARE!

    When: September 10, 2020 – September 20, 2020

    Why: All proceeds support education and preservation at Orchard House.

    Categories and How to Register: www.runsignup.com



    Orchard House is located at 399 Lexington Road in Concord, MA, but you can participate anywhere!



    Any time between Thursday, September 10th and Sunday, September 20th, complete your distance, submit your results, and upload photos to our social media sites.

    Each Adult 5K or 10K participant receives a T-Shirt, E-Bib, and E-Finisher Certificate; shirts are available for Youths and 1 Milers for a modest fee.  We will also send along a playlist of music and words of encouragement from event Honorary Chair and elite Marathon legend Uta Pippig, and Orchard House Staff and volunteers.   NOTE:  Uta Pippig, three-time winner of both the Boston and Berlin Marathons, winner of the New York City Marathon, two-time Olympian, is one of the most sought-after fitness motivators in the world. 

    Maintain physical distance while you run or walk along the beautiful streets of Historic Concord, MA following our USATF-certified 10K course or our Alternate 5K (due to ongoing construction along our certified 5K).  Not in Concord?  No worries. You can run or walk anywhere in the world.  On a treadmill. Around your apartment.  Up and down the stairs.  In your backyard or basement.  At a playground or park.  The possibilities are virtually endless!

    Walkers, strollercisers, and running groups/teams welcome. Youngsters or fitness newbies can start with our new 1 Miler.  Fundraising is most definitely encouraged, but not required.  An added bonus this year is the ability to utilize the RaceJoy app to chart your progress, get and give cheers of support, and certify your time – you can even track Uta Pippig!  If you’re unable to participate, give a Gift Registration to someone you know, make a Donation, and/or purchase a Commemorative T-shirt or other items from our Virtual Walk/Run Store. All proceeds benefit the mission of public education and historic preservation at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, c. 1650.

    Invite your friends to join you at 15th Annual Benefit Walk/Run for Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. If you get 4 friends to sign up using your special referral link (https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Concord/BenefitWalkRunforLouisaMayAlcottsOrchardHouse?raceRefCode=jgWwLrJ2), you will receive a refund of up to $10.00 as our Thank You!

    About Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

    Most noted as the home where, in 1868, Louisa May Alcott wrote and set her beloved novel, Little Women, Orchard House was the family’s most permanent residence – their home for 20 years.  The Alcotts firmly believed in the power of unconditional love, personal agency, and social justice.  A visit to Orchard House reveals the many ways in which this family impacted literature, education, philosophy, art, reforms of all kinds — and each other.  Built in the mid-1600’s, the home is now a treasured historic site open to the public for more than 100 years.

    Louisa May Alcott and her family also believed in the importance of a health-conscious lifestyle long before it was popular to do so:  they sought a healthy diet and believed that the well-being of both mind and body were vital to human development.  Miss Alcott herself loved to run from a very early age, once writing in her journal, “I always thought I must have been a deer or a horse in a former state because it is such a joy to run!”  As an adult, she walked from Concord, MA to Boston — a distance of 22 miles — in five hours and still danced at a party that night!  Her father, educator and philosopher A. Bronson Alcott, was also one of the first teachers in America to include co-educational physical fitness in his school curriculum.

    Since 2005 “Orchard House” (c. 1650) — has honored the family’s dedication to healthy living and Louisa’s personal love of running by sponsoring a 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk.



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