Harriet Tubman Legacy Project   Announces  Virtual Harriett Tubman  5K Walk/Run 2021

 The Harriet Tubman Legacy Project  held a press conference at The Freedom Wall on E. Ferry and Michigan last Wednesday  March 10 to announce the Harriet Tubman Virtual 5K Walk/Run event taking place anytime and any place between March 26 through April 30th . (click to register)

The date of the announcement   of the Inaugural Harriet Tubman Walk/Run was significant in  that March 10 is national Harriet Tubman Day. The American holiday was made into law in 1990 to honor the woman that led hundreds of enslaved Africans  to freedom and served as the “conductor” of the underground railroad.

The Harriet Tubmam Legacy Project is  the brainchild of Faustenia L. Morrow and is comprised of local professionals dedicated to upholding the legacy and local ties of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Buffalo, New York.

The recent announcement in   outlined the guidelines and registration information for the virtual walk/run, culminating in a symbolic walk down Michigan Avenue – now known as Harriet Tubman Way.

Speakers included   Faustenia L. Morrow, Erie County Legislature Majority Leader April N. M. Baskin, Dewitt R. Lee, III (Canadian Harriet Tubman Day Committee ), Petrina Bursie (5K Race Director), Tashana Dixon (5K Race Coach), Kent Olden (3rd great grandnephew of Harriet Tubman), and others.

The committee is looking for at least 100 5K registrations (click here to register) in honor of Harriet Tubman Day 2021.

The fee is $35. Proceeds will benefit the Omega Mentoring Program.

The Harriet Tubman Legacy Project was established by Ms. Morrow as a means of preserving the legacy of Harriet Tubman in modern times. Comprised of local professionals committed to the cause, the Harriet Tubman Legacy Project provides education of and exposure to the importance and impact of the legacy of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Western New York.   

For more information about the Harriet Tubman Legacy Project, please contact harriettubmanlegacy@gmail.com. If you are in buffalo ny register here you can also visit www.harriettubman5k.weebly.com.

Registration ends April 16

How does a virtual 5k Work?

   This is YOUR race! Choose your favorite route and run/walk it on your time!   

Virtual running works exactly the same as any other type of running but the difference is that the entered race can be run at any location, at any pace, inside or outside.You can complete your 5k at your own pace anytime between March 26 and April 30 2021. Submit your results between March 26 and April 30

All you have to do is register and be able to time your run or walk over a measured distance of 5k (3.1 miles)


Tips for staying safe

If you are running with a small group , remember to keep your distance and wear a mask! Avoid high foot traffic areas. Try to avoid touching traffic buttons directly with your hand (use a sleeve or your elbow) . If you decide to wear a mask while you run be sure to wear one that allows proper oxygen flow.