Community Foundation Run

When: Saturday, April 17, 2021! See more information about the 2020 Run below!

Where: VIRTUAL for 2021! Run or walk any time on the day of the Run.

What: 5K Run, 2K Fun Walk

Who: Walkers and runners of all ages, participating non-profits

How: You get out and run/hike/walk the distance that you registered for (anytime/any place) and bring along your favorite tracking device

On the day of the Run, over 5,000 people come together (virtually in 2021) 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. 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 over $22 million in the last seventeen years. 

Dollars given to the Match Fund will be applied to the matching grant, which benefits ALL participating nonprofits. Dollars earmarked for certain nonprofits 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.

We have decided to offer another RUN BONUS MEETING! Any organization wishing to partipicate in the 2021 Community Foundation Run must attend a virtual run meeting. Due to the nique challenges this year has presented, we have decided to offer one more bonus meeting. This meeting will be your very last opportunity to participate in the upcoming run. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Click below to Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 8961 9634

Passcode: 986450

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 the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Linda Slade and May Barger co-chaired the event and modeled it after the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole's Old Bill's Fun Run for Charities.

After sixteen 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 2020 Run Informational Brochure [PDF]

Download 5K Course Map [JPEG]

Download Walk Course Map [PDF]

Download Parking Map [PDF]








2016 Community Foundation Run Video


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

$21,285,355 has been raised over the past 17 years, with a record amount raised in 2019! We can't wait to see what the 2020 Community Foundation race holds!

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.

The most wonderful part of the Run might be the powerful spirit of community collaboration it creates....Nonprofit leaders, business pacesetters, law enforcement and others link arms to make all this happen so others will be served."

Dwayne Burks, Gaston Family YMCA 

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

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




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