Gift of Life 5K and Walk supporting the Hattie Larlham Foundation
Hattie Larlham Foundation

About Gift of Life VIRTUAL 5K and Walk

Virtual Gift of Life 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk to benefit Hattie Larlham

Due to COVID-19, the Gift of Life 5K Run and Walk is now a virtual event, and we are excited to offer registrants the opportunity to still participate as an individual or a team! The health and safety of our community is our top priority and while we cannot run/walk/roll together this year, we hope you will still consider taking part in the event and supporting the critical programs provided by Hattie Larlham.

Run or walk anytime, anywhere and support Hattie Larlham September 12 through September 30, 2020


  • Register as an individual, or create a team, for the Virtual Gift of Life 5K Run and Walk
  • Set up your fundraising page and share with your family and friends. Ask them to join you in supporting Hattie Larlham and people with disabilities. 
  • Complete your run or walk on your own - when you want and where you want! Simply run 3.1 mile or walk 1 mile, any time between September 12 and September 30.
  • We will ship the official Gift of Life 5K Run and Walk event t-shirt (and some other goodies) right to your door. UPDATE: Due to shipping delays from our vendor, we cannot guarantee delivery of t-shirts prior to September 12. 
  • We encourage you to wear you t-shirt when you complete your run or walk - and take a selfie as you do it! Be sure to tag your selfie with #Run4Hattie - we will share on our social media channels and select random people for fun prizes! 
  • Once you've complete your run or walk, you can submit your time (or just your completion date if you walked) online. We will be sending you the online form at the beginning of the race window (September 12 - September 30)
  • Invite your friends and family to support your run or walk, or encourage them to register and join you! Since the event is virtual, anyone can do it no matter where they live! Registration will remain open until September 30. 


  • Entry to the Virtual Gift of Life 5K Run and Walk 
  • 2020 Event t-shirt (includes shipping right to your door) 
  • Virtual finisher's badge to share on social media 
  • The opportunity to win prizes – we’ll be rewarding our top fundraisers as well as random participants throughout August and September 2020 
  • The knowledge that you have made a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by Hattie Larlham 


Starts at:  September 12, 2020 6:00 AM
Ends at:  September 30, 2020 10:59 PM


Aurora,OH 44202 USA


Wendy Voelker

Why Participate?​

Get ready to tackle 3.1 miles wherever you want - pick your favorite park, neighborhood, or city! Participants will enjoy a self-paced run that covers the gorgeous grounds of their imagination or local running spot. Hit the trail or street, cross the virtual finish line, and celebrate your commitment to Hattie Larlham!

Be sure to invite friends and create a team! Each top individual fundraiser and top team fundraisers will earn special prizes! Fresh air, sunshine, and helping those in need - it doesn't get much better than that!

The best part of all - by participating in the Gift of Life 5K and 1-mile walk for Hattie Larlham, you’re raising awareness and vital funds for the children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that Hattie Larlham serves. Your fundraising efforts will introduce your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances to Hattie Larlham’s mission of providing comfort, joy, and achievement to our participants and residents with disabilities.

Teams​ & Individuals


  • Honor or remember someone special with developmental and intellectual disabilities 
  • Gather family and friends for a healthy Saturday morning outing
  • Recruit co-workers for friendly, out-of-office competition
  • Lead the pack with other athletes
  • Bring classmates, Facebook friends and others together
  • Increase your fundraising power


  • Your team can be any combination of runners, walkers, kids, and at-home fundraisers

  • Choose a Team Captain and team name

  • Team Captain will register first and create the team (you must register online)

  • Set a goal and fundraise! (If you don't reach your goal, that's okay! You can still participate and every dollar raised supports Hattie Larlham!

  • Check out the Fundraising Toolkit located here for tips on asking people to sponsor you/your team!


Of course, you can also participate as an individual runner, walker, or at-home fundraiser! Just create your fundraising page and reach out to friends and family to donate on your personal page. You will be entered to win prizes for top individual fundraiser!


All registrants  

  • Race t-shirt (Everyone will receive a shirt, but for anyone who registers after 9/1 we cannot guarantee you'll receive your t-shirt prior to 9/12)

First 25 registrants 

  • Wine glass, handpainted by the residents and staff of Hattie Larlham’s ACHIEVE adult day program 

Top Individual Fundraiser (min. $500 raised) 

  • $100 Amazon Gift Card 

Top Fundraising Team (min. $1000 raised, max 10 team members)  

  • Logo-branded hoodie for each team member

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Your support through the Gift of Life 5K helps raise funds that expand the variety and frequency of recreational opportunities that are provided for residents at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, at our community homes, and for those who participate in our adult day programs. 

Every resident is different – but all residents have opportunities to explore the community through our recreational program. Providing engagement both in the community and at Hattie Larlham facilities is critical to supporting the developmental needs of every person, regardless of ability.


Be sure to use #run4hattie when training or during your virtual run or walk!  Throughout the Summer, we will randomly select people using the hashtag and send them training swag! Follow us on Instagram (@hattie_larlham) and Facebook for a chance to win!

Thanks to our generous sponsors