Sole Train: Boston Runs Together
Sole Train: Boston Runs Together is a community-building and mentoring program that deconstructs impossible by using running as a vehicle for setting and achieving previously unimaginable goals. As a supportive community of caring adults and peers, Sole Train champions young people as they realize their capacity for greatness.
Sole Train teams are based at Boston Public Schools throughout the city and practice twice a week during or after the school day. Teams come together for community building events and races throughout the year, leading up to Sole Train’s culminating goal race: Boston’s Run to Remember, a five-mile race or half marathon. Young Soles (youth participants) receive free race entries, sneakers, shirts and hoodies that they wear with great pride.
From its first iteration in 2009, Sole Train has expanded from a 16-person program to a 15-site program with nearly 250 Young Soles and over 100 Old Soles (adult participants) at sites based in Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Fenway, Charlestown, Chelsea, and the South End.
Young Soles build strong connections with their team, courageously tackle challenges, and gain confidence. Living out these values and skills drives their success in Sole Train, as well as their desire and ability to be successful in other areas of their lives.