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Monday, March 19, 2018

Walks and fun runs for families in greater Phoenix

UCP Fun, Run, Walk & Roll (March 11) at Tempe Kiwanis Park. Photo


Daisy Mountain Half Marathon and Emma’s Run (March 10). This half marathon and 5K begin and end at Boulder Creek High School. Proceeds benefit We Care of Anthem.

Lily Gray, 3, is the youngest honorary race starter ever for the Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on March 10 at Grand Canyon University.

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer (March 10). This is the largest race in Arizona dedicated solely to pediatric cancer. The eighth annual event features a 10K, 5K and Cancer Survivors Walk, plus a festival for an afternoon of family fun with vendors, arts and crafts, jump castles, music and more. Benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Network.

Zoo Move and Groove 5K (March 10). Celebrate getting healthy and staying fit — with an animal twist. The run/walk is at Papago Park, and the Move and Groove Fitness Festival is at the Phoenix Zoo.

UCP Fun, Run, Walk & Roll (March 11). Join United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona and take to the paths of Tempe Kiwanis Park for a 10K, 5K and 1-mile race. Stroller and leashed pets welcome. A free Health and Wellness Expo features information, giveaways, arts and crafts, inflatables, sports team mascots, food and refreshments.

Chocolate Bunny 5K & Kids Fun Run (March 31). This family friendly 5K run/walk at Mesa Riverview Park helps Team RWB, a local veterans support group.

D-backs Race Against Cancer (March 31). This sixth annual event benefits Arizona nonprofits that provide screening, treatment and support for those dealing with all types of cancer. The 5K and 1-Mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk wind through downtown Phoenix and end with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field.


Run the Runway (April 7). This 6th annual 10K, 5K and Kids 1-Mile Mascot Dash at the Scottsdale Airport benefits Playworks Arizona, a nonprofit that helps schools create healthy play environments where every child can join in. At the festival, snap a photo with Arizona sports teams mascots, shop vendors and enjoy food samples. 

Oral Cancer Foundation Walk (April 7). Help raise awareness and funds for research and educational programs that support oral cancer survivors. Walk registration includes an all-day pass to the Phoenix Zoo.

The Hope Run (April 14). Walk or run to help victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Proceeds from the 5K and 1-mile walk/run support Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation.

Superhero Family Fun Run and Festival (April 15). April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Voices of CASA Children a nonprofit that recruits and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers invites families to fly across the finish line for its 1K and Kids Dash. Mingle with supervillains, make arts and crafts and enjoy carnival games, prizes and food trucks. Proceeds go toward summer programs for foster youth in Maricopa County. 

Pat’s Run (April 21). Honor Pat Tillman’s legacy (the ASU and Arizona Cardinals football player who became an Army Ranger after 9/11) at the 14th annual Pat’s Run. Proceeds provide academic scholarships to military veterans and their spouses. The 4.2-mile run run/walk winds through Tempe and finishes at Sun Devil Stadium with a party and expo. Younger runners can participate in the .42-mile Kids Run.

Arizona’s Healthy Hike (April 28). Explore Arizona’s amazing trails with Healthy LifeStars, encouraging hikers of all ages to get outside and get healthy. Each hike features guest speakers with inspiring stories, helpful tips and giveaways for children.

Girls on the Run 5K (April 28). Men, women and children of all ages are invited to participate in a fun-filled, inspirational race presented by the Jennings Strouss Foundation. The 1-mile and 5K race integrates experience-based curriculum in running that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Plus music, snacks, free photos, a happy hair station, massages and other fun activities.

JDRF Rock and Run (April 28). Help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Desert Southwest Chapter raise funds and awareness for Type 1 diabetes. The nighttime run includes food, giveaways and a live concert by Rock Lobster.

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