In Person Race

Expect Miracles 4.01k

  • Join us for the "warm up" for the Distance Challenge
  • Run or walk in EMF's first ever road race
  • May 6, 2023
  • Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121
  • Race distance is 2.5 miles
  • Registration opens at 6:30am
  • Runners start 7:30am
  • Walkers start 8:00am
  • Registration cost is $50 per adult and $30 per child 
  • Entry includes an event t-shirt, post race party, and entry to the zoo following the race
  • Fundraising is not required but encouraged
  • Prizes will be awarded for top finishers
  • Even if you are biking for the week-long Virtual Distance Challenge, you are welcome to run/walk in this race
  • For those also participating in the Virtual Distance Challenge, 2.5 miles will be added to your distance tracker for the week-long virtual event (bikers included)



Are spectators permitted?

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Important note about spectators: As this race is taking place within the Franklin Park Zoo, spectators must purchase a reduced cost ticket to the Zoo to enter the race course for $15.  If your friends and family would like to watch you run in the race, these tickets will be available for sale at registration and give you access to tour the Zoo throughout the day. Children under age 2 are free!

What is the date of the in-person road race?

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May 6, 2023. It will take place 9 days before the Virtual Distance Challenge begins. Anyone partcipating in the race AND the Virtual Distance Challenge will receive 2.5 miles on their distance tracker. 

What is the cost?

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Virtual Distance Challenge
$40 per adult
$20 per child

In-Person Race
$50 per adult
$30 per child

Distance Challenge + In-Person Race
$75 per adult
$35 per child

Where is the in-person race happening?

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Franklin Park Zoo, located at 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121.

What time should I arrive for the in-person race?

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Registration opens at 6:30am and be open until 7:45am. Runners will start at 7:30am and walkers can start at 8:00am. Please arrive with enough time to get your bib and begin with your run or walk wave.

Can I check-in for a friend / colleague the morning of the event?

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Yes you can. You only need the name they registered under to do so. Be sure to coordinate, we have had situations where someone picked up a packet for another and the original runner also showed up asking for their packet.

Where is the race taking place, how far is the race, and what is the route? 

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The walk/run is taking place within the property of the Franklin Park Zoo. The race is 2.5 miles and a route map will be sent to all participants. 

Will there be a place to leave a bag for the race?

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You can leave your items at your own risk at the post-race reception area. We reccomend leaving items in your car that you do not need for the race!

Can a stroller participate in the event?

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Due to the tight route, runners cannot push a stroller. However, if you plan to walk, you can push a stroller. Children under 2 can ride in stroller at no additional charge. Children 2+ must be registered for the race. 

Are dogs or animals permitted?

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Other than service animals, no animals are permitted.

How can I get to the race / where can I park?

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The Franklin Park Zoo is accesible via Boston's public transportation. Additionally there will be plenty of free parking available on the Zoo premise. Registration will be held at the zebra entrance. Parking is free and is located across from the zoo and along the golf course.

What safety / Covid measures are in place for the event?

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Participant safety is a high priority. Security personnel are present throughout the property and along the route. 

Expect Miracles Foundation
will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols put forth by the state of Massachusetts and the CDC at the time of the event.

Can I run with headphones?

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We strongly discourage the use of headphones in our races. If you do use headphones, please keep one ear free and listen for instructions from the race monitors.

What happens if it rains?

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The Road Race will happen rain or shine! Keep an eye on the forecast in the days leading up to the event to plan accordingly. The post-race will take place under a tent!

Will there be Port-a-potties on the course?

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Attendees will have access to Zoo restrooms throughout the property. 

When will race results be posted?

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We hope to email results to participations the same day.

I registered but now I can’t make it, can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?

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There is NO RAINCHECK for this event. Your entry fee for this year’s event CANNOT be transferred to next year’s event, and there are NO REFUNDS, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. There are NO exceptions. Seriously.

You CAN donate your entry to charity, you will get a cash donation receipt. Just let us know!

You can transfer your entry to another person for free before the bib name deadline.

Can I volunteer for this event?

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Yes, we will be needing volunteers, please complete this form:

Or contact Delaney at to learn more about volunteering.

What happens after the race?

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After completing your race, there will be a post race party with some breakfast foods and drinks. While you enjoy refreshments, there will be a brief program announcing the winners. If you indicated it on your registration form, you can also visit the Zoo following the event at no additional charge.

Anything else I should know?

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We encourage you to stay hydrated before, during, and after the Expect Miracles 4.01k. Dress according to the day’s weather and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat! Please leave large bags, backpacks, and valuables at home unless they are completely necessary.
Distance Challenge

$40 per adult
$20 per child (age 2-17)