Each spring, we hold our Annual Celebration to celebrate achievements and to recognize the contributions from our board members, individual supporters and corporate members. The presentation of our Golden Shoe Awards is an integral part of the annual celebration. The Golden Shoes recognize individuals, agencies, municipalities and companies exemplifying the ideals of our mission.

Past Events

31st Annual Celebration & Golden Shoe Awards

  • Frank Caro (in memoriam)
  • Kate Fichter and the MassDOT Shared Streets Grant Program Team (with special recognition to the Barr Foundation and Solomon Foundation)
  • Karen Cord Taylor

This year, we’re featuring a panel of speakers instead of a standard keynote address. The panel will be moderated by WalkBoston’s executive director Stacey Beuttell. Speakers include:

  • Tracy Corley, PhD – Director of Research and Partnerships at the Conservation Law Foundation
  • Mike McGinn – Executive Director at America Walks
  • Jodie Medeiros – Executive Director at Walk San Francisco
  • Alex Train, AICP – Director, Department of Housing and Community Development for the City of Chelsea

Beat the Bay State Team Challenge

More people than ever are taking to the sidewalks to stay healthy, get to work, and safely connect with people during COVID 19. Starting November 1st, we’re challenging you to compete in the Beat the Bay State Challenge!

Log miles on foot to virtually trace the perimeter of Massachusetts in 30 days. Your participation will support WalkBoston’s work to advocate for wider sidewalks, support main street businesses and make streets safer for all!

WalkBoston is celebrating 30 years of statewide work to make Massachusetts more walkable. Combine efforts with a group of friends, co-workers, or family to cover the distance (900 miles) by walking or running. Your combined miles will add up through the challenge platform and move you along a virtual route that traces the outline of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Want to get involved but not able to field a team on your own? Sponsorship opportunities may be available! Please contact our Development Director, Althea Wong-Achorn, at if you would like to apply.

We hope you’ll join us! Learn more |Register today

30th Annual Celebration & Golden Shoe Awards
September 23, 5pm

  • Introduction/Welcome – Emma Yashar, Board President
  • Year (and a half) in Review – Stacey Beuttell, Executive Director
  • Project Highlights / “One Minute, One Slide” [all staff, pre-recorded video]
  • Corporate/Foundation Thank You – Brendan Kearney, Deputy Director
  • Fund-A-Need – Matt Lawlor, Board Secretary
  • Presentation of Golden Shoe Awards – Stacey Beuttell
    • Boston Public Library – David Leonard, President
    • Coalition for a Better Acre/Lowell Walking Champions – Billy Heath
    • Age Friendly Walking / Tufts Health Plan Foundation – Nora Moreno Cargie
    • Age Friendly Walking / Boston Age Strong Commission – Emily Shea
  • Keynote Introduction – Stacey Beuttell
  • Video Introduction – Dorothea Hass & Ann Hershfang [pre-recorded video]
  • Keynote Speaker – Mark Fenton, a nationally recognized public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an advocate for active transportation, and former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television.
  • Question & Answer – Mark Fenton & Stacey Beuttell

Walkability and Main Street Resilience

Join WalkBoston, main streets and municipal representatives on June 24th at 1pm to discuss how small, local businesses influence walkability. Through the panel, you will also learn how you can support local businesses to secure long-term neighborhood walkability during and after COVID-19.
Featuring: Che Anderson, City of Worcester; Alia Hamada Forrest, Roslindale Village Main Street
Moderated by Stacey Beuttell, WalkBoston

View the Recording | Learn More