There is no better way to burn calories and get cardio exercise than training for a 5K—and running in—a 5K! Our 5K! Gándara Center’s 5th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K is on miércoles, agosto 25 at 9:00 a. m. in downtown Northampton.

Register today! Kids 12 and under run for free, and all runners—and walkers—get a free GoBerry Frozen Yogurt. Sign up by August 14 and you’ll be receive a free t-shirt.

Proceeds from this event directly benefit the individuals we serve. With over 40 service locations across the state, our agency is heavily funded through state and federal grants. While those dollars offset our operating costs, our clients’ needs go beyond the services we provide—needs that our contracted dollars don’t account for: summer camp scholarships; bus passes to help a single parent without transportation successfully get to their job; sensory tools for children suffering from severe emotional disturbances; basic apartment necessities for young clients moving into their first apartments; job interview outfits for women graduating from our residential recovery programs, and so much more.

We also run to raise awareness of mental health and addiction disorders and to put an end to the stigma surrounding these often misunderstood illnesses that affect so many of our friends and families.

We also need volunteers for the water stations to keep our runners hydrated, and to help at our registration table. We are also recruiting volunteers to be race monitors and be a part of our setup and takedown crew.

Leashed pets are also welcome to run for free!

Registration on race day will be available beginning at 8:00 a. m. Credit and debit cards will be accepted. The staging area is on the Courthouse Lawn across from the Calvin Theater. For GPS purposes please use 19 King Street Northampton, MA.

Our 5K is officially timed by RaceWire. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the following categories: Male, Female, 12 and under and 50 and over.

For any questions regarding the event—or for those interested in having their business sponsor this year’s race­—please contact Jade Rivera-McFarlin at 413-296-6214 or

Read about last year’s race!

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