Register to Run!
Registration is now open for the 2nd annual (1st virtual) FBE Apple Run taking place Sunday, October 2 – Monday, October 12, 2020.
Registration for the 2020 Apple Run will be online only. There will be no in-person registration or race-day pick-up. Packets for all registered runners will be delivered by hand or mail prior to the start of the virtual race on October 2nd, 2020. Register early to make sure you receive an Apple Run shirt and, for the first 200 registrants, an Apple Run neck gaiter. Use the button below to register.
The FBE Apple 5K and 2K races are events that celebrate education in Belmont. The 5K run passes by four of Belmont’s schools (Burbank, Chenery, Wellington, and the High School) and recognizes Belmont’s commitment to educating its young.
Now in its eighth year, the FBE Apple Run has brought thousands of runners to the streets of Belmont, Massachusetts to support public education and innovation in the Belmont Public Schools. Since our inaugural event in 2013, the Apple Run has raised more than $150,000 for the Foundation for Belmont Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization that awards grants to the Belmont Public Schools to enrich the education provided to Belmont students.
2020 Virtual Run
2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought us into uncertain times. Due to state-wide restrictions, an in-person race is not permitted prior to the State entering Phase 4 of the pandemic response, which correlates with the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, the FBE is planning for our October race to be a virtual event. If circumstances change between now and race day, this will be revisited. In the spirit of turning ‘lemons into lemonade,’ the FBE intends to make our virtual Apple Run a fun and inclusive event.
For the 2020 virtual Apple Run, races will be “run” during a window that opens on October 2nd and closes at the end of the day on October 12th. Participants will submit a GPS file or link from Garmin, Strava or other fitness trackers for verification.
- Participants who wish to be eligible for prizes must run the Apple Run 5K or 2K routes during that window.
- Participants who do not wish to be considered for a prize can run any 5K or 2K route during that period.
- The 5K course can be found here and the 2K course can be found here. To submit your times and or photo click here.
The FBE will place signs at the start/finish line of the courses as well as the standard course markers. Further, we plan to have a finish line and photo area set up at the track to help support running the race on your own time.
The FBE urges participants to follow all rules for social distancing and to be aware of street traffic when running the course.
The cost for this year’s Apple Run options are as follows:
All participants in the 2020 Virtual Apple Run will receive a unique discount code for $10 off registration for the 2021 in-person event.
As in past years, the FBE welcomes team registrations for the 5K run. However, due to restrictions on group gatherings, we ask that group runs be restricted to families or groupings of individuals who have been quarantining together. Members of virtual teams consisting of individuals who have not been quarantining together should run the race individually. The Racewire platform will compile team results and standings from individuals who designate they are members of a given team.
The FBE will again offer its Couch-to-5K (C25K) program. For the past two years, this program has been paired with the race for an additional fee. This year, we invite runners to join in the C25K training program at no additional cost.
This program will begin 8 weeks from race day. We will offer beginner and moderate training programs with workouts posted to the FBE Facebook page each week along with a training article to help coach runners to a successful 5K run.
As in past years, the C25K program will be led by Scot DeDeo, our race co-director. Scot is an ultra marathoner who has completed more than 180 events. In addition to the above training plans and training letters, Scot is available to answer your questions, build your confidence, and help get you into shape for our run.
For additional details or questions, please contact Scot at email@example.com.
As in past years, participants in the 2020 event will receive race t-shirts for both the 5K and 2K races. Adult and youth sizes are offered.
Details are as follows:
- 5K – A hi-tec short sleeve ‘quik-dri’ running shirt will be offered to the first 400 registered runners.
- 2K – A cotton shirt will be offer in adult and youth sizes for the first 200 2K runners
Additionally, Apple Run branded neck gaiters – a COVID-19 running essential – will be offered to the first 200 race registrants.
A virtual event creates the opportunities to have some fun with awards and results. For the 2020 Virtual Apple Run awards will be granted in the following categories, with prizes delivered to the winner’s address or sent via mail:
- Fastest Male and Female 5K
- Fastest Male and Female Combined (5K + 2K)
- Fastest Male and Female 5K – 12 and Under
- Fastest Male and Female 2K – 12 and Under
- Fastest Team 5K
- Largest Team 5K
- Slowest 5K
- Fastest Reverse 5K (run the course in reverse)
- Most Times Run the 5K Course
- Most Festive Running Outfit: Male and Female
A live list of results can be found here.
The Foundation for Belmont Education is grateful for your support!