5K race/1K run-walk
October 19, 2013
8:30am to 10:30am
Greenbelt Elementary School
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.
Rafael Martins was 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 overhead.
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.
To learn more about Rafael Martins, please visit www.rafaelzmart.com
The 1K fun run-walk begins at the front of Greenbelt Elementary School, going down (south) Laurel Hill Road, right (west) onto Hillside, and right again (north) onto Research Road, and back to the school entrance. A map of the 1K course can be found here --- PNG here
The 5K race begins at the front of Greenbelt Elementary School, going down Laurel Hill Road, Hillside, and Northway to the east entrance of Greenbelt Lake. Runners complete one loop of the lake, coming out again at the east entrance, before taking the walking/biking trail north through the tunnel under Hillside, turning left to rejoin Hillside, then up Research Road to Ridge Road, and back to the school entrance. A map of the 5K course can be found here --- PNG here.
Please note: no headphones, strollers or baby joggers allowed on the course.
The main parking lot at GES will be closed on the day of the race, but limited parking will be available in the bus lot. Early arrival is recommended to find parking.
Registration & Pricing
Online registration is available through Get Me Registered. Click on the button to go to the registration page:
Registration by mail:
On-site registration day of race:
- You may register on Saturday, October 19 at the race site (GES) starting at 8:15 a.m.
- Registration for the 1K Fun Run will end at 8:30 a.m.
- Registration for the 5K Road Race will end at 8:45 a.m.
- 5K -- $30
- 1K -- $12
Sponsorship & Donations
Interested in Sponsoring? Please download the Sponsorship Form [PDF].
Wishing to Donate Auction Items? Please download the Auction/Drawing Donation Form [PDF].
Completed forms must be returned by October 7th to:
Greenbelt Elementary School
ATTN: Rafael's Race
66 Ridge Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
We need volunteers to help with preparation, and on the day of the race. If you can help, please visit VolunteerSpot:
For questions about this event, please contact:
Bernard Kelly, Race Coordinator
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The PTA gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their support of arts programs at Greenbelt Elementary:
Greenbelt Advisory Committee on Education
Greenbelt Community Foundation
Maryland State Art Council
Prince Georges Arts Council
Washington Performing Arts Society