The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run represents a culmination, not only for the annual celebration of Harlem Week, but for an eight-week program called Run for the Future. The program challenges rising high school senior girls from all five boroughs with little or no running experience to train for, and complete, a 5K race by summer's end. All 18 of this year's participants finished today's 5K and proved that anyone can "Run For Life," even when life is at a crossroads.
As our high school runners gathered before the start of the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, you couldn’t help but notice something was different. The usual pre-race jitters were nowhere to be seen. Instead, confidence filled the air.
Today, more than 3,400 runners packed the streets of Harlem for the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run. The race, along with the 1.7-mile Anti-Gun Violence Walk for Peace, marks the grand finale of Harlem Week, which recognizes the historic neighborhood and is one of the largest annual cultural celebrations in the northeast.