Monday, September 26, 2022

Hockomock Area YMCA Family Fun Day featuring the Spier Family Kindness for Kids 5K - Oct 1

On Saturday, October 1, the Hockomock Area YMCA will hold the Spier Family Kindness for Kids 5K and Family Fun Day at the Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog at Patriot Place. Located at 1 Bass Pro Drive behind Bass Pro Shops in Foxborough, this event includes a 5K, a free Kids Fun Run, a two-mile race for kids ages 12 and under, and free, family-friendly activities provided by dozens of YMCA community partners. All proceeds from the day’s event will benefit the Hockomock Y’s Food Access Programs.

Greg Spier, longtime YMCA board member, community leader and Foxborough resident, expressed, “My wife Kathy and I are so excited to sponsor this great event again this year, bringing families together for healthy activities while raising awareness of our Y’s ongoing food security programs.” 

Race participants enjoy each other’s company
Race participants enjoy each other’s company
Since March 2020, the Hockomock Area YMCA has provided more than 440,000 meals and more than 64,000 bags of groceries, valued at $50 each, to those in need in local communities.

“The Spier Family Kindness for Kids 5K & Family Day is an important event on our YMCA calendar.  The day celebrates and reinforces our focus on healthy living and our commitment to raise funds for our Food Access initiative so that no one goes to bed hungry,” said Jim Downs, CEO of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Once again we are so grateful for the tremendous support of Greg and Kathy Spier as our presenting sponsors and the collaboration with our friends and our hosts at Patriot Place.” 

The 5K will begin at 8 a.m., and individuals, families and teams are welcome to run or walk. Both the 2-mile Youth Run and 0.7-mile Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., all are welcome to participate in the Spier Family Fun Day – a free family event where children can take part in activities, crafts, and more. 

“Patriot Place is proud to once again partner with the Spier Family and the Hockomock Area YMCA to host the Spier Family Kindness for Kids 5K and Family Fun Day this Saturday, Oct. 1,” said Brian Earley, Vice President and General Manager of Patriot Place. “We look forward to this family-friendly event each year as it not only brings our community together for a fun-filled day, but also benefits the important Food Access initiative, supporting members of our community in need.” 

The starting line of the 2-mile Youth Run at the Spier Family Kindness for Kids 5K & Family Day
The starting line of the 2-mile Youth Run at the
Spier Family Kindness for Kids 5K & Family Day
Online registration for the Spier Family Kindness for Kids 5K and youth races is open now through September 29th. Interested participants can register for the 5K for $25 and for the two-mile race for $15. There is no charge for the Fun Run, but advance registration is required. Further details and registration information is available at Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to “Stuff the Truck” to assist those in need.

The first 200 registrants for the 5K and two- mile race will receive a commemorative Kindness for Kids 5K shirt. 

October 1 activities timeline: 
7:00 a.m. Race registration opens at the Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog at Patriot Place (available now at
8:00 a.m. Family Day begins, runs until 11:00 a.m. 
8:00 a.m. 5K race begins
9:00 a.m. Two-mile Youth Run and Fun Run begin

About The Hockomock Area YMCA
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. 

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit

Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 23 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England’s first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the award-winning Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon, the retro-style bowling alley, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, the modern gastro sports pub, CBS Sporting Club, the four-star Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Foxborough/Patriot Place and Helix eSports, the region’s largest egaming center and social hub. Patriot Place is also the home of Brigham Health and Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Centers. For more information, visit, follow Patriot Place on Twitter ( or like Patriot Place on Facebook (

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