Sole Train: Boston Runs Together is a community-building and mentoring program that deconstructs impossible by using running as a vehicle for setting and achieving previously unimaginable goals. As a supportive community of caring adults and peers, Sole Train champions young people as they realize their capacity for greatness.
Sole Train teams are based at Boston Public Schools throughout the city and practice twice a week during or after the school day. Teams come together for community building events and races throughout the year, leading up to Sole Train’s culminating goal race: Boston’s Run to Remember, a five-mile race or half marathon. Young Soles (youth participants) receive free race entries, sneakers, shirts and hoodies that they wear with great pride.
From its first iteration in 2009, Sole Train has expanded from a 16-person program to a 15-site program with nearly 250 Young Soles and over 100 Old Soles (adult participants) at sites based in Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Fenway, Charlestown, Chelsea, and the South End.
Young Soles build strong connections with their team, courageously tackle challenges, and gain confidence. Living out these values and skills drives their success in Sole Train, as well as their desire and ability to be successful in other areas of their lives.
We are always looking for people to support these youth in achieving greatness! Contact us to see how to get involved as a sponsor, partner, or participant.
It is the only time in the day when I see kids being totally supportive and encouraging of one another. There is so much positive energy and commitment from them — it’s a little pocket of heaven here at school! I love it so much.Lucia Mandelbaum, Boston Green Academy Sole Train Site Coordinator
Our culture has many ways to rip down a kid’s self-image, the best way to counter that is with activities like Sole Train. I’m so grateful that my daughter has good people to help guide her and set positive personal goals. Most of all, I hope that her self-esteem will keep building. That is truly the key to a bright future.
Matthew Coplen, Parent of Sole Train Participant
Sole Train is about believing in yourself and never giving up. I learned that running isn’t about winning; it’s about trying your best and always following your dreams.
Julie T., Young Sole
Quay and Del began running together with Sole Train in 2013. They are different ages, at different places in life, and have different histories. But they found common ground in Sole Train. Hear their story of dedication, honesty, and friendship.