Forrest Spence 5k

Race Information (afterwards)

The 7th annual 5K was a great success!  Over 1250 people participated in the event, and we raised over $87,000, a new record for the Fund! 

August 23rd was… H O T.  Before it was even light outside our tireless team of 40 volunteers were pouring sweat preparing the course and finish line festivities.  Despite the heat and humidity, energy was high and the turn-out was great.  The excitement in and around Overton Park was palpable as Memphis City Police directed traffic and helped throngs of people across East Parkway and around the 3.1 mile course through Midtown.  After the run, participants enjoyed delicious local food (with lots of icy cold water), door prize give aways, moving testimonials about the Fund, and a carnival-type area for children. 

We are continually pleased and honored to see that our 5K is a widely-attended event for young families in Memphis and beyond.  The award for “Traveled the Farthest” was given to a family from over 600 miles away this year!  Families keep coming back each year because it is something parents and children of all ages can participate in, and it holds such special meaning.  The Kids Zone is always buzzing with laughter and playful squeals as children run from the playground to the huge inflatables, and on to the carnival games.  It is a true delight to see large crowds of kids running in the children’s 100-Yard Dash and One-Mile Fun Run while friends, parents and onlookers cheer.  It brings our mission into clear perspective and allows children in our community to be a part of it.  We are so thankful that Memphis parents have taken on the 5K as a cherished family event!

The 5K provides the bulk of our operating budget each year and because of the generosity of our sponsors and participates we look forward to another year of meeting the non-medical needs of hurting families in our community. 

Ghost runner shirts and awards

The Forrest Spence 5k t-shirts and awards are located at Fleet Feet in East Memphis (4530 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38117). If you are a ghost runner in Shelby County and/or didn't receive your shirt on race day than please go by Fleet Feet to pick it up. If you didn't pick up your award on race day than please pick that up at Fleet Feet as well. If you live outside of Shelby County than your ghost runner shirt will be mailed to you on September 9th. 

We are so thankful to all those that were a part of the Forrest Spence 5k.  Thank you for helping make it such a big success and we hope to see you next year on August 29th at the 8th Annual 5k.  

Upcoming races

Upcoming races:

August 29, 2015
August 27, 2016
August 26, 2017 

Interested in being a Sponsor

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