2017 Community Foundation Run
When: Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 9:00 am
Where: Rotary Pavilion, Downtown Gastonia
What: Certified 5K Run, 2K Fun Walk, non-profit booth exhibits, cornhole tournament, and Healthy Kids Zone
Who: Walkers and runners of all ages, participating non-profits, community spectators
On the day of the Run, over 5,000 people come together for one of the biggest celebrations of community spirit and support in the county. The day is filled with a 5k Run and 2k Fun Walk, entertainment, games, food and informational booths. The magic of a community celebration, combined with ease of giving has increased awareness about the work of local organizations and has enabled them to raise nearly over $17 million in the last fourteen years. To download the 2017 Run Information & Donation Brochure click here.
Dollars given to the Match Fund will be applied to the matching grant, which benefits ALL participating nonprofits. Dollars earmarked for certain nonprofts will go to the specific organization(s) named. For qualifying agencies, up to $10,000 of total dollars raised will be matched by a percentage based on a ratio of the total amount of dollars collected in the match pot compared to the amount of eligible donor contributions. Gaston County schools share a $15,000 cap.
Gaston's Great 2016 Community Foundation Run Video
History of the Run
As a way to celebrate the Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary, the first “Run for the Money” event was held March 29, 2003. Building on an idea from Jackson Hole Wyoming, Linda Slade and May Barger co-chaired the event and modeled it after Jackson Hole Community Foundation’s Uncle Bill Run.
After fourteen consecutive years, the success of the event has been proclaimed by participating non profits, community leaders, runners, walkers, donors, sponsors and all participants. To celebrate the success of the Run, the Board voted in 2014 to change the name to the Community Foundation Run.
Download Run / Walk maps [PDF]
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Mission and Use of Funds for Run 2016 Organizations [PDF]
The Community Foundation Run is a qualifying race for the Gaston County Senior Games.