The Love Well 5k & Festival was created to be intentional in creating a way to bring larger scale awareness and fundraising for Memphis-based charitable organizations. One thing that makes this event unique is that typically each year the 5k will benefit a different Memphis-based charitable organization; an effort to spread the love around the city of Memphis.
Beginner Friendly Running Events in Memphis
The mission at Livitup, Inc is to advance the independence and productivity of children and adults with various types of disabilities. 100% of money raised through the Elvis 5k supports the Day Program at Livitup, Inc.
Whether you cycle, run, walk, or simply donate and cheer us on, you are making a difference in the fight against cancer!
The HOPE 5K is NOW an annual fundraising event benefiting Oasis of Hope Community Development. For over 17 years we have led the charge in North Memphis. Our mission is to demonstrate Christ's love to an under-resourced community by elevating and improving the quality of neighborhood life through empowerment and partnerships. Your support will allow us to continue urban outreach efforts supporting local youth, forming new initiatives, supporting senior enrichment activities, and offering affordable housing opportunities.
Melanoma is the deadliest and fastest growing form of skin cancer and we all want a cure to be found soon. Miles for Melanoma is the way people come together to take action and help support this fight and the mission of the MRF.
Join us for the St. Jude Walk/Run during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, to raise money for the kids of St. Jude, where families never receive a bill for anything. Let's end childhood cancer. Together.
Run and fundraise today to help reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50%!
Join us for the annual "Round the Mound" Church 5K!
#NFStrong events take place in communities nationwide. These inspiring events create strong bonds that build a supportive NF community. The goal of these strong communities is to rally together and become one great voice in finding effective treatments and an eventual cure for NF. The events are a great way to involve family and friends, meet others who are affected by NF, while raising awareness of this disorder and to create funding for NF research.Take your first strong stride towards a cure by finding, registering, and then fundraising for an event near you!
The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is the single-largest one-day fundraising event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. Registration fees help us put on the race, but if you'd like to help us reach our goal of $12.5 million for the kids of St. Jude, please donate or fundraise. While fundraising is not required for general registrants, all participants are given a fundraising page and other tools when they sign up.
The Sensory World Memphis Autism and Special Needs 5K will benefit OPEN ARMS CARE MEMPHIS this year . This event began in 2013 and is now a popular family event that hundreds of families look forward to every fall. Runners and non-runners alike enjoy live music, delicious local food, the areas largest Autism Information & Resource Fair, and free Kid-Zone.
Join the Thanksgiving Day tradition at the Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K Run/Walk. Everyone gets a cinnamon roll at the finish line!
Join us for the Stars and Stripes 5K! Including Awesome Live Music, Great Summer Time Post Race Food and a picnic setting for post race entertainment. This is the Final Race of the M-Town Series presented by University Clinical Health (Finishers get your Finisher Medals).
The Annual Forrest Spence 5k is back. There will be a 5k for all ages including stroller division plus a 100 yard dash for kids 8 & under and 1 Mile Fun Run for kids 12 & under. There will be games, bounce houses, slides, food, awards, door prizes, and more.
This 5K benefits Camp Good Grief the Mid-Souths first childrens bereavement camp. The Camp Good Grief 5k will be a family fun event you will want to put on your calendar this year and years to come. We will have moon bounces, face painting, and games for the kids. Grilled hamburgers, cotton candy, and yummy treats will be served along with soft drinks and bottled water. This is truly an event for the entire family.
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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events
Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.
Find the right running event for you
To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.