There are many families in Orlando, Florida looking for family friendly events to enjoy the outdoors and contribute to worthy organizations in the process. Many family fun run/walk 5K events are held in and around the Greater Orlando area. My husband and daughter annually participate in the local Orlando Florida Children’s home 5K, which raises funds for the kids they serve.
Here are just a few upcoming 5K run/walk events which have a small fee (as most are fundraisers) or are free to children to enjoy the festivities after the event is completed. If you are a member of your local Active website you may get a discount to the registration fees for many of these functions.
5K Zoe Run/Walk
University of Central Florida Arena
Event on: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Registration ends on: June 10, 2011
7:30 a.m. – 5K Starts
8:30 a.m. – Awards
9:00 a.m. – Free Kids’ Run
The Zoe 5K Run/Walk is an event to raise money for the Zoe Ministry ‘” which helps many children in African countries. Free Kids’ Run, prizes, live band, food and water, face painting, balloon animals and free giveaways. Check the Zoe Race website for more information and to register. The fee is $20 per person; if you are a member of Active Advantage you can save up to $10.
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run Foundation
Saturday, Sept 10, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.
Location: Blue Jacket Park, General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL
Registration ends Sept. 7, 2011
This event is to honor the courage and dedication of first responders, the military men and women and their families. Fees are: $25 for 5K Run/Walk and $15 for volunteers.
Fighting Hunger 5K in Orlando
Pine Castle United Methodist Church
801 East Fairlane, Orlando, FL
Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.
The Fighting Hunger 5K is an event held across the country. The Orlando, Florida Fighting Hunger 5K community event will raise money to help alleviate hunger for over 1 million residents in surrounding communities. Register online or call 407.514.4325 for more information.
FishStock 5K and Family Fun
Riverside Park, 100 South Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach, FL
Event on: Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.
Registration ends on: May 26, 2011
About an hour from downtown Orlando is the location of the FishStock 5K and Family Fun Run, which will be held on Memorial Day weekend in New Smyrna. Participants must be at least eight years old as of May 28, 2011, and the fee is $25. However, there is a Kids’ Fun Run which is free. See their website for registration and more information. This run is a flat route; you receive a shirt, gift bag, trophies, live music and free food with your registration.