This 5K Benefits the Lotta Fountain Restoration

The Esplanade 5K Sunset Run is open to 300 runners and their dogs.

In 1939, sculptor Katherine Lane Weems constructed an ode to pets along the Charles River Esplanade. The piece, dubbed the Lotta Fountain, came outfitted with a drinking pool for dogs and water fountains for horses, as well as plenty of space for pets and their owners to play and relax. Over the years, though, Lotta Fountain fell into serious disrepair, and the Esplanade Association estimates it would cost more than $250,000 to restore it.

On June 2, you can do your part in returning the Lotta Fountain to its former glory. The Esplanade Association is hosting the Esplanade 5K Sunset Run, proceeds from which benefit the restoration effort.

In keeping with the animal lovers theme, the Sunset Run is open to 300 participants and, if desired, their dogs. The race will loop along the Boston side of the river just as the sun is setting, starting and ending at Fiedler Field. Registration costs $50, and, in addition to going toward the Lotta Fountain project, includes a race t-shirt and membership to the Esplanade Association.

Grab your pup and your sneakers, and help revive a piece of Boston history.

$50, 6 p.m., 6/2. Fielder Field, Charles River Esplanade, Boston. Register at racemenu.com.


Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Contributor jducharme@bostonmagazine.com