Forrest Spence 5k

Save the Date

Save the date for the 11th Annual Forrest Spence 5k on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at Memphis Botanic Garden!  We can't wait to see you there!

Race Information (afterwards)

Thank you for your participation of the 10th annual Forrest Spence 5K. It was a wonderful success; new fundraising and attendance benchmarks were achieved, and we are grateful for your support in making it possible! 

August 26th was a beautiful day in Memphis. Volunteers arrived to start setting up in the early morning hours, and by sunrise Memphis Botanic Garden was ready for our 1851 guests to have a great time. In the end, over $134,000 was raised to benefit hurting families in our community! We so appreciate the generosity and commitment of our sponsors and 100 race volunteers… your support makes the mission of the Forrest Spence Fund a reality.

Once again, we are excited to hear feedback that families count on and look forward to this child-friendly event every August. The same people come back year after year, and encourage their friends, family and co-workers to attend as well, contributing to the steady growth we see annually in numbers. Our goal is to grow the 5K each year and always look ahead for innovations to keep it a priority for so many. For the fourth year in a row Christ Methodist Day School was given the top honor of largest team with 239 participants and largest fundraising team went to Team Lucy Williford. 

Ghost runner shirts, results, pictures, and awards

If you live in the Memphis area and you are a ghost runner or a participant who didn't already pick up your shirt than your shirt will be at Bluff City Sports starting Friday, September 1st. The location is 769 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-274-2202, hours are M-F 8-5.  The shirts will only be there till Friday, September 22nd so please pick them up before then.  If you are an out of town ghost runner than your shirts will be mailed to you after September 8th.  

If you placed and didn't pick up your award than they are also at Bluff City Sports and will be there until Friday, September 22nd. 

Click here

Largest Teams:

  1. Christ Methodist Day School – 239 participants
  2. Woodland Presbyterian School - 115 participants
  3. Kids Run365 – 66 participants
  4. Orangetheory - 62 participants
  5. Le Bonheur PICU – 59 participants
  6. Lucy Williford - 56 participants

Highest Fundraising Teams:

  1. Lucy Williford - $1,520
  2. Orangetheory - $920

We have uploaded pictures from our professional photographers, Jerome Robinson and Vu Nguyen, from this year’s event.  Please visit our Facebook page to view them by clicking here.   

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Thank you again for your participation in the 10th Annual Forrest Spence 5k.   

-The Forrest Spence 5k Race Committee

10th Annual Sponsors

Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!  

5k 2017 Sponsors:

Oak Hall/ vineyard vines

Campbell Clinic
The Chris Galjour Family
Key Biologics
Vining Legacy Management

The Center for Orthotics & Prosthetics
Harris Madden & Powell
Jim Keras Automotive
Joyce Signs
The Marston Group, PC
Pediatric Emergency Specialists
SouthernSun Asset Management
Walnut Grove Animal Clinic

The Colton Cockrum Family
Fleet Feet
ECS - Evangelical Christian School
Lucas Orthodontic Group
Memphis Dermatology Clinic
Memphis Radiological P.C. (MRPC)
Pediatric Dental Group
Reynold's Bone & Griesbeck, PLC


The Kyle and Courtney Allen Family
Brown Dog Lodge
Christ Methodist Day School
East Memphis Pet Hospital
Engbretson Center for Women
Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc.
Jim's Place Grille
Lamine Ndiaye Photography
Dr. and Mrs. Chris Meduri and Family
Memphis Children's Clinic
Microport Orthopedics
Parker Rhett State Farm
The Witt Smith Family
Sports Turf Solutions
Stanley & Rainey, P.C.
The Fred Stukenborg Family
Wagerman/Katzman Law Firm
The John Wittber Family

The Grady Coleman Family
Crown Trophy
Mr. and Mrs. John Dudas
Jim Duke and Associates
First Tennessee Bank - Medical Private Banking
Gentleman Orthopedic Solutions
Lexie Johnston - Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury
Lewis Thomason
Lockton Companies
Drs. Erin and Grant Rohman
Siskind Susser, PC Immigration Attorneys
The Smith Kids
The Speelman Family
Stauf USA
Leah and Judson Williford
Woodland Presbyterian School
Wunderlich Wealth Management

Interested in being a Sponsor

Interested in being a sponsor? Click here to download a packet and learn more. If you would like to sponsor than please fill out this form and email it back to martha [at] forrestspencefund [dot] org