Forrest Spence 5k

Race Information (afterwards)

Thank you for your participation of the 8th 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 29th was a beautiful day in Memphis. Volunteers arrived to start setting up in the early morning hours, and by sunrise Overton Park was ready for our 1350+ guests to have a great time.  The pleasant weather gave participation numbers a welcome boost, with 100 additional walk-ups added the morning of the race. In the end, over $100,000 was raised to benefit hurting families in our community! We so appreciate the generosity and commitment of our sponsors and 125 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 second year we had a new awards category to encourage organizations to participate as a team, and Christ Methodist Day School was given the top honor with 94 participants. 

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 Fleet Feet starting September 11th in East Memphis (4530 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117, 901-761-0078, hours are M-F 10-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun 1-5).  The shirts will only be there till Sunday, September 27th 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 11th.  We had to reorder more shirts (great problem because we had so many sign up) and as soon as they are delivered we will mail them out.   

If you placed and didn't pick up your award than they are also at Fleet Feet and will be there until Sunday, September 27th. 

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Largest Teams

  1. Christ Methodist Day School – 94 participants
  2. Le Bonheur PICU – 51 participants
  3. Run365 – 33 participants
  4. Team Asher – 22 participants
  5. Campbell Clinic – 21 participants
  6. Le Bonheur Rehab Family – 18 participants

We have uploaded over 800 pictures from our professional photographer, Lamine Ndiaye, 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 8th Annual Forrest Spence 5k.   

-The Forrest Spence 5k Race Committee

Interested in being a Sponsor

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