Walter’s Run 5k


Sunday, Dec. 8th 2013 11am

Little Kid’s 1k Race @ 10:40 AM

West Roxbury / Roslindale YMCA
15 Bellevue St. West Roxbury, MA 02132 


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The Walter Burgess
Running Camp Scholarship

In 2004, this scholarship was established by the Parkway Running Club (PRC) of West Roxbury, Massachusetts to honor a very special member, Walter Burgess.  Walter passed away suddenly in November of 2003, at the age of 40 shortly after completing the Great Floridian Ironman Triathlon.  Walter was the PRC’s Secretary and newsletter editor.  He was an amazing athlete in his own right, forever working out either at the Y, on his bike, or running on the roads.  A U.S. Navy Veteran who participated in several overseas operations, Walter was a devoted son, brother and friend. He was an inspiration to those who were privileged to know him.

Walter was an enthusiastic participant at the Newport Running Camp (now the American Running Camp) in Rhode Island from 1994-2002. He regretted missing camp in 2003 because he was traveling and training for his Ironman Triathlon. He vowed to return to the camp in 2004 and never was able to do so.  A modest, sincere individual, Walter would be touched and proud to support the development of young runners as part of his legacy.

To date, a total of 55 young runners have received American Running Camp scholarships in Walter’s memorySee testimonials here
Scholarships are for a one-week, overnight camp in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in August.  For more details on the camp, click here.

Exact scholarship dates for 2014 camp will be announced soon.  Late July / early August.

Nomination Process:

Student applicants have been reviewed on the following criteria:

  • high school student

  • a short note from the student demonstrating interest in running and participating in the camp

  • a solid academic record (meaning that they study responsibly and take school work seriously)

  • facts about his/her running career (meaning interest, not necessarily the best and fastest)

  • financial need

  • community service

  • recommendation from a running coach or mentor 
    Deadline for application submission is May 25, 2014.  Apply now!

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the application (click "cancel" if your web browser asks for a password)
  2.  E-mail the application as an attachment to
  3. Ask a coach, teacher, or mentor to e-mail a personal letter of recommendation (separately) to

Please note: The Parkway Running Club will hold the annual Walter's 5K Road Race this year on Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 11am at the YMCA in West Roxbury.  We encourage scholarship recipients and campers to participate.  For more information, contact Dorothy Giarla of the PRC (183 Beech Street, Boston, MA 02131 or

Additional questions / comments?  Contact us.