About Us

The Hip Hop 5K/10K was started by hip dysplasia patient Emily Cioffi in 2013 in response to the need for better treatment and awareness of hip dysplasia for patients of all ages; newborns to adults. In the past 4 years it has grown to become a prominent town event in Easton, MA drawing in participants from all over the country. We pride ourselves on an organized registration system, timely start, and an excellent volunteer staff throughout the race course. The road race committee works hard year round to aid in promoting awareness and fundraising to assist Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopaedic Hip Program, and the IHDI in their research to develop better, more efficient methods of diagnosis, as well as less invasive forms of treatment to hopefully minimize the severe physical and mental repercussions of hip dysplasia. As we continue to grow, we hope you will join us to help us reach this years goal of 40,000 and over 600 participants!

Hip Dysplasia affects thousands of people each year from newborns to adult and is the #1 cause of hip arthritis. It is a painful process where the ball slips in and out of the socket, which causes the hip to wear out much faster than normal. Think of a car’s tires and how they wear out faster when the car is out of alignment. Surgery to treat the condition is long, painful, and invasive, multiple surgeries are needed more often than not and life- long disability can result. Regardless of the length of treatment, there is a strong financial, emotional, and physical impact on families and patients. The three most common words heard in the process of treating hip dysplasia are “I don’t know.” The Hip Hop 5K/10K seeks to play a lead role in changing that. For more facts on hip dysplasia visit our fact page.

On behalf of all the doctors, patients, and families battling the struggle with hip dysplasia, I would like to thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you on race day!

The Hip Hop 5K/10K has joined forces with Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopaedic Hip Program (501 (c) 3  to promote prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hip dysplasia. The Boston Children’s Hip Program works at the forefront of clinical research and innovation to provide world- class treatment throughout a patient’s lifetime with the condition.

For more information please visit: www.childrenshospital.org/hip

Emily Cioffi – Founder

Em is a baker, adaptive athlete, adventurer, Hip Hop 5k/10k founder and student. She has been through multiple surgeries to reconstruct her hips and essentially restore their function. At present, she has been on crutches for just over 7 years. Emily started the organization by sharing her story and her surgical experiences with friends, family, and other hip patients out in the world. Now she continues to share her life adventures as baker, adaptive athlete, and all around enthusiasm for living to the fullest…. cause after all, life happens when we least expect it.