2018 Community Foundation Run

When: Saturday, April 14th, 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

2018 Informational Meetings:

If your organization would like to participate in the 2018 Community Foundation Run, one representative from your organization is required to attend one of the five informational meetings that will be held in October. Important information will be covered and applications to participate will be distributed. All meetings will be held at the Community Foundation: 1201 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

Meeting Dates and Times:

  • Wednesday, October 11—8 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, October 11– 12 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, October 18– 8 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, October 18– 12 p.m. 
  • Thursday, October 19– 12 p.m.

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. 


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]

Download Parking Map PDF}

Mission and Use of Funds for Run 2016 Organizations [PDF]


The Community Foundation Run is a qualifying race for the Gaston County Senior Games.

$18,450,634 has been raised over the past 15 years, let's make 2018 a record year for dollars donated!

Photo Policy

By registering for the Community Foundation Run, participants agree to be photographed. The Community Foundation retains the rights to use photographs for promotional purposes for future events.

There is no other fund raiser like this one in the area"

Cathy Howell, CAM

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053

Street Address:
1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054




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