The World Race for Hope 5k+ charity run/walk is organized by Free To Run Foundation, a 501©(3) charity that was formed in 2012. This is the 8th annual race in Columbus. Proceeds from registrations and donations will support anti-trafficking activities in the Columbus and Central Ohio area through our charity and social enterprise partners.
You will have the option to get your race materials on race day near the start/finish line (by the climbing wall) beginning at 8:30 am. But, if you want to get things early and save a few minutes in line on race day, feel free to visit the friendly staff at Columbus Running Company at their Short North location (765 North High St B – 43215) on Thursday, April 4 between 10 am and 8 pm, or Friday, April 5 between 10 am and 6 pm.
If you are registered for the 1 mile un-timed walk, and did not purchase a shirt, you do not need to pick anything up.
For our charity partners, fundraising is an important part of this annual event. You have the option to create a fundraising page during registration, and you can choose to have your registration fee waived if you commit to raising $100 by race day. Throughout the fundraising period (through April 30th), there may be other fundraising prizes at higher amounts.
One Mile Fun Walk
Instead of doing the 5k, you can choose the 1 mile un-timed fun walk. The walk is free, with an option to purchase a shirt for $15. You can also set up a fundraising page for this event.
Virtual Race Option
If you are located outside of Central Ohio, or you aren’t available to participate on April 6, you can still sign up as a Virtual Race participant. You can run or walk the 5k anywhere or anytime, on April 6, or whatever date during the month of April that is convenient to you. Participation in the virtual race is free, because we see this is an opportunity to raise awareness through online and social networking, but if you would like a shirt mailed to you after the race, the cost is $15. We don’t ask our virtual participants to send us their times, or pictures of their running watches. The virtual race is on the honor system. But we’d love it if you would take pictures before, during, or after your virtual run/walk to let everybody know the cause you’re supporting, and tagging Free To Run Foundation.
Shirt Guarantee: please register by March 6th to be guaranteed a race shirt in your selected size.