"Gush" Valenta Memorial 5K Race

Thank You

Thank you for an awesome event. Your support was tremendous.
Over $7,000 was raised for the playground and other fun amenities at the future Florence Recreation Fields.
Photos of the event may be viewed on the Northampton Recreation Department Facebook page.

Gush Runners

Second Annual "Gush" Valenta Memorial Event

The 5K Road Race and one mile Family Walk is presented by the Northampton Recreation Department, in partnership with the Northampton Elks Club.

About the Race

Race begins near the Elks Club at the Florence Recreation Fields on Meadow Street, goes up Spring Street, Chesterfield Road, down Dimock Street, and back up Spring Street to end at the Elks Club.


In order to participate please register online or mail in the registration form (PDF) to the Recreation Department.


  • Sunday, May 5, 2013
  • 11 a.m. - 5K Road Race
  • USATF Sanctioned Race: USATF#13-159
  • 10 - 11 a.m. - Ed Popielarczyk's Magical Moments balloon sculpting to entertain the kids.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Family Walk up towards Florence, by the fields, and back to the Elks.
  • Noon - Honorary Speaker Dr. Sharianne Walker and Award Presentation
  • Musical entertainment by Peterson Productions.
  • All at the Northampton Elks Club, 17 Spring Street, Florence, Massachusetts

Conclusion of the Race

Join us at the conclusion of the race for awards, music, food (runners eat for free,) refreshments and fun.

  • Awards for the First Male & Female Awards in Six Age Groups
  • Free T-shirts for the first 100 registered by April 16 5K participants
  • Lunch ticket included for each 5K participant
  • Additional food tickets available for $5, burgers / hot dogs and salad provided by Seth Mias
  • Food and refreshments at the conclusion of the event