Additional race information can be found at http://www.facesofcourage.org.
Join the Faces of Courage Foundation for this year's Run for Luck 5K and 1 Mile Walk for Gold at The Concourse in Shady Hills, FL.
This 5k Adventure Run for Luck offers lots of shade as you start off on a paved path/packed asphalt milling then navigate 1.25 miles of Florida trails then pop back on pavement/packed asphalt milling for the last 1.5 miles. Mostly flat pavement/packed asphalt milling with undulating rolling terrain on the trail portion (total elevation from start to finish is only 14' across the entire 5k). Runners and Walkers alike will enjoy this course. Big wheeled strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but there are a few spots of sugar sand throughout the 1.25 miles of trails! (It's Florida!)
We will be having a Run for Luck costume contest, so come dressed to impress your peer runners! Votes will be tabulated by ballot throughout the event!
Please note that gates will open at 6:00am on race morning and will close promptly at 7:20am to ALL vehicle traffic. No vehicles will be allowed on the course during the race until the last participant is off the course. If you need to leave early, please make plans to park off site. Please give yourself plenty of time to arrive! There will be plenty of seating (picnic tables), shade and activities after the race while you wait but feel free to bring your own chair if you are uncomfortable in crowd settings. Thank you for your patience and understanding of the need to keep all participants safe.
For your knowledge, there may be a drone flying overhead capturing our event for future event/race advertising.
Faces of Courage Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cancer patient support organization, dedicated to providing, free of charge, programs emphasizing practical education; life coping strategies; and improved self-esteem; through non-threatening, engaging, and recreational outings and overnight camps, including culturally relevant programs for minorities, which encourage a sense of “community” rather than isolation, with a primary goal of helping the cancer patient navigate their way through the treatment process and to thrive as a survivor.
Our campers come to us from all over the United States. So even if you live outside the area, you can still support us by participating virtually.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
T-SHIRTS will be given to all participants in both races and will be guaranteed if pre-registered before February 28, 2023, After that the shirts will be available on a first come first serve basis based on availability.
Run for Luck 5K Awards will be presented to the top overall, Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+) male and female AND top 3 finishers male and female in each age group. Divisions begin with 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. No duplicate awards. Please check your results email, Scan the QR codes to verify your finish time after your run to assure your name/time/results are showing up correctly on race day before you leave the area. Awards will be given out after each race. (Awards can be arranged to be mailed at an addition fee for shipping and handling)
1 Mile Run for Gold - Top Male and Female regardless of age will receive a special award
FINISHER MEDALS & RIBBONS
Finisher medals will be given to all participants of the 5k event only.
Where do the proceeds go?
The run will benefit Faces of Courage which provides day outings and overnight camps for adults, children, and families touched by cancer and blood disorders. Our programs are made available at no cost to the participants and their families. (Since this is a fundraiser, there will be no refunds)
Is this a "Live" race event?
Yes this is a "Live" event and the 5K will be chip timed. Please arrive NO LATER than 7AM for all event participants. This is for the safety of everyone and to allow all to hear prior to event announcements. Please plan accordingly.
At this time we have every intention on a live race on March 18, 2023. We are continuing to monitor and will follow CDC Local and state Guidelines. If anything changes will will update this registration page and email pre-registered runners. (If CDC local and state, guidelines do not allow us to hosts a live event, all registrations will switch over to a virtual option and you will still receive your race packet items)
No need to congest at the front since the race is chip timed, your time starts when you cross the mats. Races will start promptly at the designated times. All runners will be through the start line in 2-3 minutes. The start line electronic equipment will be unplugged after the last runner/walker leaves the stat area. If you do not start during this time, your start time will default to "gun start (Race start time)".
Can we register Day of Race on March 18, 2023?
Unfortunately, the will be no day of race registration. You will be able to pick up your packet on Race morning if you preregistered. (Shirts are only guaranteed if preregistered before Feb 28, 2023)
Is parking free?
Yes, parking is free, check map posted to know which parking lots are open. Gates will be closed at 7AM and will not reopen until all participants have crossed the line (Approx 9AM). Please arrive early and plan to stay for the event.
Where do we find the START LINE?
Check course map included on this registration page.
When and where can I get my packet?
You are highly encouraged to pick up your race packet early to avoid long lines on race day. IF the below time and location does not fit your schedule, please arrive at 6:00AM for pickup. Race day packet pickup only starts at 6:00AM and ends promptly at 6:45AM (No day of race registration).
Early race packet pickup information:
RunFit in Lutz: 18841 FL-54, Lutz, FL 33558
Please bring ID or confirmation registration email
This store will have shamrock gear that you could consider purchasing to support this small "mom/pop" run store and wear on race day. We will be having a costume contest.
Please watch social media and your emails (add the race email to contacts to avoid emails being sent to SPAM), close to race date for race week and race day instructions.
Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes, someone else can pick up your packet at packet pick up. If someone else is picking up, we will need some type of identification and your email confirmation number, so please make sure they have this when they come to pick your bib up.
What happens if there is bad weather on race day?
This race will be held rain or shine. In times of dangerous weather, like a hurricane, event will be transitioned to a virtual race. Registered participants will still receive there race packets. There will be no refunds.
What happens if the race is switched to Virtual?
Every attempt will be made to host a live event. If CDC local and state guidelines or weather prevent us from holding a live race, all registrations will be turned in to a virtual option. We will still hold the race packet pick up in person on the scheduled dates. If you were registered as live race registrant, and cannot make it to any of the race packet pickup places, times and dates, arrangements can be made to pick up or have your packet mailed for an addition charge (Approx. $7.00 for shipping and handling)
I am not receiving update emails about the race?
We periodically update runners throughout the registration process leading up to and after the race. If you are not receiving emails, especially with gmail.com and tampabay.rr.com email addresses, please check your junk, spam and promotions folders. Some email servers have great spam filters, and a lot of times, the emails can be found in those folders. When you do locate the emails, please move them out of the folder you found them in, to your inbox, and then add that email address to your address book and if you get a pop up, please "Allow" that email address. This will help the emails go directly to your inbox.
This live event will be conducted within guidelines established by CDC, state & local governments and subject to change. We are aware that the COVID-19 situation is continuing to evolve. Should guidance change and the live event not be allowed to take place as planned, we are ready to make necessary changes to follow by the revised guidelines, including changing to a virtual event if needed.
Please remain socially distant when participating in the Faces of Courage Run for Luck 5k and 1 Mile Run for Gold. Your understanding adherence to the CDC Local and State Guidelines will help ensure we can continue to hold races like this in the future. We ask that you have a mask or gaiter on at all times unless actively eating, drinking, running in race. Please avoid crowding in places.
There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and persons with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. If you choose to participate in the Faces of Courage Run for Luck 5k and 1 Mile Run for Gold, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Please join this Run For Luck 5K Private Facebook Group for event specific information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/runforluckbenefitsfacesofcourage
Please RSVP to the Run for Luck 5K & 1 Mile Walk for Gold Event on Facebook and SHARE: https://fb.me/e/2IpLhrezi
OneBlood will have their bus onsite again. Information and link coming soon to log in and reserve your spot to donate blood at the event!