Last Saturday, a team of NETA Cares runners took on the 9th annual Boston Athletic Association 5k, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The 5k kicks off the infamous Boston Marathon weekend, getting athletes and spectators into the running spirit. It attracts thousands of runners, but limits the race to 10k participants. The first-ever BAA 5k in 2009 was originally held a day prior to the Boston Marathon, to kick off the weekend with triumph.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital had a Stepping Strong 5k team to honor the Boston Strong spirit, especially as this year was the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund was established in February 2014 by the Reny family, who was inspired by the team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that saved Gillian’s life. Gillian was waiting near the finish line for her sister to finish the marathon in 2013. After serious momentum and growth of the fund, BWH president wanted to expand the fund and incorporate it into a physical building for innovation and research. In January 2017, BWH opened the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.

Amina, NETA Cares member, commented, “My parents see all the specialists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, so I have always looked up to that hospital as being one of the best. I’m happy I had the opportunity to participate in such a great event that also helped me physically reach higher goals.”

The BAA 5k also kicks off the Boston Athletic Association Distance Medley, a series of three races that gradually get longer. It starts with the 5k, then a 10k in June, and concluding in October with a half marathon. The NETA Cares team will have another group of runners for the 10k with BWH over the summer. Be sure to check back here for that recap.

For now, check out our gallery from the BAA 5k: click here.