First Inclusive 5k race in Harvard Square and a Special Book Reading at The COOP

Sunday, April 29, 2018 all-day
Harvard Square’s First Inclusive Road Race, 
The Bionic5k

and a Special Book Reading of Rescue & Jessica
at the Harvard COOP

The Harvard Square Business Association is excited to announce that on April 29, 2018, at 9:30am, the first inclusive 5K race in Harvard Square will commence.  “This race recognizes the resilience and tenacity of disabled athletes while celebrating the recent advances in science and technology that are ushering in a new bionic age”, according to race director and Cambridge resident, Will Borden. It’s called the Bionic5K and two of the three race founders are amputees; one is the world’s leading scientist in biomechatronics, one is an elementary school teacher, and one has staged and directed six 5K races in Harvard Square from 2011-2016.

Borden elaborates, “The 5K is the #1 race distance in the United States. In 2016, 17,000 5K races were held in the US with over 8.2 million finishers. Typical races include one or two disabled athletes in a large crowd of participants. We believe we can do something different.”

“By assembling a critical mass of amputee and disabled runners, we can break down barriers and normalize the experience of running alongside people with significant adaptations. In addition, by shining a light on the recent advances in science, technology and rehabilitation medicine, we can engage and inspire a broader group of people as volunteers, runners and supporters, building awareness of the incredible strides that are being made to end disability as we know it today,” adds Borden.

“Ultimately, we hope that this truly inclusive race will not only bring different types of runners together but also bring new people into the running community - encouraging those who might ordinarily shy away from a 5k because of disability to join our group of all ages and abilities in celebrating possibilities over disabilities,” Borden added.

The Harvard COOP is pleased to host a special reading and signing of Rescue & Jessica:  A Life Changing Friendship at 11:30am and 12:30pm by renowned illustrator, Scott Magoon.  Limited copies with Rescue’s paw print available.  Cambridge husband and wife, Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, who both lost limbs at the Boston Marathon in 2013, wrote the book based on a real-life partnership.  This heartwarming story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog, currently #7 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children’s Picture Books, will illuminate and inspire. Registration suggested at Eventbrite.   

Patrick Downes said, “Jess and I are so excited that our brilliant illustrator Scott Magoon will be reading Rescue & Jessica at the Harvard COOP in Harvard Square as a special feature of the Bionic5K race. We would love to be there, but will be traveling the country, promoting the book and meeting many wonderful people.  Before too long, we will be back in our hometown of Cambridge with family and friends to celebrate the overwhelming reception of Rescue and Jessica. We are grateful to the runners and the spectators of the race, as well as all those planning to attend the book event at the COOP.  Jess and I look forward to participating in the Second Annual Bionic5K in April of 2019!”

For more information about The Bionic5k, Rescue & Jessica book reading and all events in Harvard Square, please visit: 


(617) 990-4660
Bionic Project, Inc.
Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138