The Daffodil Run supports the work of CHD's Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, where children are matched with caring adult mentors, and these life-changing relationships are supported by professional case managers. Growing up can be hard work, especially when a child is facing adversity. For a young person impacted by immigration, domestic violence, the opioid epidemic, poverty or any number of challenges, having a mentor can truly be transformative. A "Big" can provide a steady, supportive friendship and the opportunity to try new things. "Littles" in our program gain newfound self-confidence, better peer relationships, leadership skills and so much more! The Daffodil Run is a celebration of the strength of young people, mentoring, and our community! Participants can run, walk, and even fundraise to support the work of CHD's Big Brothers Big Sisters! The race includes a 10K run and 5K walk/run, with courses that showcase the 50,000 daffodils planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst’s 250th anniversary. Both courses are USATF certified. On race day, Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst is transformed into a festive, family-friendly space with a pre-race warm up, activities for all ages, music, a bounce house, games, food and more! Register to walk or run by April 1, 2018 to be guaranteed a free event t-shirt. Registrants may select an adult size moisture-wicking t-shirt or a youth size cotton event t-shirt. On race day, all registrants can present their bib to receive a free post-race lunch.