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HBEA 5K Run/Walk Made History and is Pride of the Boston-Edison Historic Community!

By: Fatoumata Cissoko-Willis, HBEA 5K Run/Walk, Chair

We are in full celebration mode and beaming with pride as we made history on Saturday, September 24, 2022, with the successful execution of the first ever HBEA 5K Run/Walk for residents of Boston-Edison and the Metro Detroit community at large.

This event was established to achieve a number of goals, among which was to bring people in the community out to see one another, get in some good cardio, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the magnificent homes and celebrate our Journey to 100 (the Historical Boston-Edison Association turns 100 in 2026). An equally significant goal and accomplishment was being able to give our event proceeds to Brilliant Detroit, a local community non-profit organization that “creates kid success neighborhoods by providing holistic services for kids 0-8 around health, family support, and education.”

The HBEA 5K Run/Walk had over 150 in attendance and was as festive as you could imagine with DJ Invisible (resident Carl Hollier) playing music to pump up the crowd – runners and cheerers alike. The 5K course began in Voigt Park at Longfellow and 2nd and weaved runners along Chicago Blvd, W. Boston Blvd, Atkinson, Edison and back to Voigt Park. All participants, runners and walkers, were cheered on as they crossed the finish line and were greeted with congratulations and finisher medals.

We did not forget the younger runners! We celebrated them in their four laps around Voigt Park during the Kids Fun Run and cheered them on to the finish line as well.

The day was closed with recognition and award to the top runners (women, men, masters-women, masters-men and youth), acknowledgment of the hard work of DPD and all the volunteers who came together to support this huge endeavor, sponsors and local donors.

A special thanks and appreciation to the following individuals on the committee who worked with me tirelessly over the course of this year to bring you the HBEA 5K Run/Walk, a now established signature event of Boston-Edison.

Pierre Haden
HBEA President

Dianne Bostic Robinson
HBEA Past President

Emily VanWormer
HBEA 5K Run/Walk, Vice-Chair

Erica Frierson

Yazmin Nava Christensen
Project Mgt., Finance

Kyle Christensen
Project Mgt.

Andre Gilbert
Government Liason

Simon Hurst
Graphic Designer

HBEA 5K Run/Walk Made History and
is Pride of the Boston-Edison Historic Community!

Featured Photos

Emily VanWormer, Andre Gilbert, Kyle Christensen, Fatoumata Cissoko-Willis, Yazmin Christensen

Dianne Bostic Robinson, Pierre Haden, Fatoumata Cissoko-Willis

Top Runner- Men, Gregory Sikora (in red) with Simon Hurst, 2nd place, Eugenio Martin and Ken Hall

Detroit Police Department – 10th and 8th Precinct

Top Runner – women, Sophia Baldwin


Resident Gabriel Craig and his dog ran the race

  Runners having fun at the finish line



Residents couple Jonathan Grey and Theda Gibbs Grey

Runners get some snacks and smile for the camera after the race



DJ Invincible warming up the crowd

 No participant is too young. Proud mom and dad with 4 week old son join the fun

It’s a family affair….babies, pets and dad!

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