Newport News, VA – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula is thrilled to announce the return of their highly anticipated 17th Annual Smart Smiles 5K, taking place on August 17, 2024, at the picturesque Mariners’ Museum & Park located at 100 Museum Dr., Newport News, VA 23606.

This year’s event promises an exhilarating experience for all participants, with a new route that starts and finishes in front of the Mariners’ Museum. Check-in begins bright and early at 7 am, with the race officially kicking off at 8 am. Open to both seasoned runners and casual walkers of all ages, registration is priced at $30 per individual, with special discounted rates available for teams of three or more and for students and those who are under 18. The event aims to raise vital funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula’s Health and Wellness initiatives, including Smart Smiles Dental Care and fitness programming, which benefit thousands of local youths and families each year.

Participants will not only contribute to a worthy cause but also have the chance to win an array of awards. Prizes will be presented to the top three overall male and female walkers and runners, as well as the top three male and female runners in each age group spanning from 14 and under to 70 and over. Additional accolades will recognize the fastest overall team, the team with the most participants on the race day, and the winner of the team theme contest.

Early birds can opt for race bag pick-up on Friday, August 16, from 10 am to 3 pm at the BGCVP Administrative Offices located at 11825 Rock Landing Dr., Chesapeake Bldg., Newport News, VA 23606.
Vendors are warmly welcomed to join the festivities, with each accepted vendor receiving space for their table, a social media announcement, and their name featured on the event webpage. Sponsorship packages are also available, offering businesses an opportunity to showcase their support for a healthier community.
The Smart Smiles 5K isn’t just about the race – it’s a celebration for the whole family! The event will feature door prizes, an end-of-race celebration with games, and a live DJ.

Since 1946 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, a nonprofit organization, has been positively impacting the entire community through programming, services, and outreach. With a mission dedicated to inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens, the organization has cultivated thousands of Peninsula children and families over the years. BGCVP executes five areas of focus including education, health and wellness, leadership and service, sports and recreation and the arts. Through this programming the organization provides a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens to learn, grow, and thrive.

For registration and further information, please visit Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities are encouraged to contact Chief Development Officer, Madison Owens, at [email protected]. For inquiries regarding registration or vendor spaces, please reach out to the Director of Marketing and Special Events, Steph Wood, at [email protected] or call 757-223-7204.
Don’t miss out on the chance to make a difference in the lives of local youth while enjoying a fun-filled day of fitness and community spirit at the 17th Annual Smart Smiles 5K!