HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1. Register for FREE here.
2. Watch our online event kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. EST.
3. Walk or run 5K, 1K, or whatever distance you choose from wherever you are!
Activities and Event Schedule
RACE WEEKEND: SEPT. 25-26, 2021
SEPT. 25 | 9 a.m. EST
Opening of timing reporting site (for 5K participants)
Participants may submit the time of their walk or run anytime between 9/25 at 9 a.m. and 9/27 at 11:59 p.m EST.
Live-streamed updates, shout-outs, and giveaways via Facebook and Instagram Live
We're making the Donate Life Family Fun Run experience virtual!
While we can't be together in person, we're hoping to make the 2021 Donate Life Family Fun Run just as meaningful as past years. We hope you'll join us for the virtual event kickoff online presentation where we will share stories and come together to celebrate organ, eye, and tissue donation.
We will have additional opportunities to engage as part of our virtual race, like sending in photos and videos from your own run/walk, sharing your customized team t-shirts, sharing your photos on social media (tag us @thellf), joining us for weekly Fun Run Fridays, and submitting your 5K run or walk time. This year we are also introducing some new Spirit Awards (more details here) and will have lots of fun giveaways to surprise some lucky registered participants throughout race weekend Sept. 25-26. You don't want to miss it! Register today.
Live-Streamed Online Presentation | Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. EST
We will host a live-streaming online presentation at 9 a.m. to kick off our virtual run/walk. Join us from wherever you are via Facebook or YouTube. You'll hear from our CEO, Charlie Alexander, as well as hear stories from transplant recipients and donor families. We will share dedication signs in honor and support of people impacted by donation and transplantation. We will highlight the many reasons people walk and run in support of donation and transplantation (submit your reason here!). We'll take a look at some of the beautiful customized t-shirts from participants in honor of their loved ones (submit your t-shirt here!). And we will have a fun warmup and National Anthem performance by our staff choir before everyone goes into their own neighborhoods to walk or run for this cause!
Fun Run Fridays | Every Friday (starting 8/20) at 12 p.m. EST
Every Friday leading up to Fun Run, starting Aug. 20, we will host "Fun Run Fridays" from The LLF Facebook page. Join us to hear all the updates about this year's virtual event including our t-shirt reveal, details on our Spirit Awards and giveaways, and how you can support our cause!
This year's race t-shirt is available for purchase for $20 during registration. For this year's t-shirt design, we wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the fact that this will be our first ever all virtual race. Going virtual means we can be joined by participants all over the state, the country, and even the world, to come together to support donation and transplantation. The yellow and white circles symbolize YOU and fellow runners and walkers participating from all over the globe. We've included the Baltimore skyline to connect to our home state of Maryland and to represent the location of our live-streamed online presentation on race morning.
All t-shirts will be mailed to participants either before or after the race. If you register before Sept. 5, 2021, we will mail your t-shirt so you should receive it before the race on 9/25. If you register after Sept. 5, you will receive your t-shirt after the virtual event.
We are working closely with our race partners at Charm City Run and RunSignup to enable 5K participants to submit their run or walk times if they choose. Time submission will be available here starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25 and close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sept. 27. Top finishers from selected categories will be awarded. All participants who submit a time will be able to print a "finisher's certificate" following the virtual race.
We will have lots of awards available for our virtual participants this year!
Top Finisher Awards
Overall Top Male Finishers (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place)
Overall Top Female Finishers (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place)
Team and Fundraiser Awards
Top Fundraising Team
Top Fundraising Individual
Don't miss our Spirit Awards! These awards are open to all registered participants and teams. Feel free to enter in more than one category. Participants will submit their photos in each of the four categories (see below) and The LLF will choose the top three submissions. The top three will then be voted on via Facebook and Instagram.
Best Race Outfit: This award is for the individual with the best outfit on race day. Whether that means a 70s inspired power walking ensemble, the most aerodynamic and flashy running singlet, or decked out head to toe in gear supporting donation, it’s up to you!
Chalk Your Walk: This award is for the individual who creates the best chalk art in support of donation and transplantation. Get creative! Feel free to honor a donor loved one, support a recipient, raise awareness for the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, or any other message related to our cause that you’d like to promote!
Best Pet Photo: This award is for the individual who submits the best PET photo! We are so happy that with our race being virtual this year, our furry friends can join in on the fun! Submit a photo of your pet supporting our event and donation/transplantation.
Team Spirit Award: This award is for the team with the most team spirit. You can show your team spirit through customized t-shirts or other special apparel, signs to honor or support your loved one, chalking your walk, or anything else related to our cause. Get creative!
Got a Question?
What is a virtual race?
How do I start my own team?
How do I donate to a team?
When will I receive my t-shirt?
Can I submit my own time?
Do I have to fundraise?
If I'm walking, do I have to do the 1K?