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    The Runners Prepare

    The Gonzmart Family Foundation and the Columbia Restaurant Group are involved in a series of charitable events throughout the year. Check out these upcoming events. We’d love for you to join us.

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    It's Kids' Stuff

    Children are at the heart of Richard’s Run for Life, and our events are for the whole family. Special activities are planned for the very young and the young at heart. Your kids will enjoy meeting the people who make up their community.

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    Working Up An Appetite

    Racing under the Richard’s Run for Life flag always means the best of sustenance for body and soul. Local restaurants donate refreshments and delicacies so that 100% of money raised can go to the cause.

Sixth Annual Richard’s Father’s Day
Family Walk/Jog June 16, 2019

Registration is open for the sixth annual Richard’s Father’s Day Walk & Jog at Ulele on the Tampa Riverwalk on June 16 at 8 a.m.

The event is family-friendly and non-timed with an option to run or walk either 5K or one mile. Participants receive a unisex dri-fit event shirt.

You may register on active.com via this link:

One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Moffitt Cancer Center, specifically this year as part of a $1 million pledge toward a brachytherapy suite there. The brachytherapy procedure, which uses more targeted internal radiation instead of external radiation, is highly effective on multiple cancer types, produces fewer side effects and offers faster recovery times than other treatments.

From the first five years of this event, the Gonzmart Family Foundation has donated $460,000 to Moffitt. It’s one of several charitable activities created by Richard Gonzmart, fourth-generation “caretaker” of the Columbia Restaurant Group.

The course is out and back on the Riverwalk, starting and ending at the Ulele restaurant at 1810 N. Highland Ave, near downtown Tampa. Designated parking is nearby.

Registration is $25 in advance and $30 day of, with bib pickup starting at 7 a.m. at the restaurant on June 16.

 “Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk/Jog” was created by fourth generation co-owner and Columbia Restaurant Group President Richard Gonzmart. His goal is to raise awareness of the disease and the need for testing, as well as to help fund prostate cancer research.

Richard Gonzmart with Doug Federman at Richard's Father's Day Family Walk/Jog. The money is earmarked for Moffitt. According to the American Cancer Society, one man out of six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one of 35 will die every year. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in American men, second only to lung cancer.  

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Our Causes & Events

The Gonzmart Family Foundation contributes annually to many worthy causes. Two of our annual events are “Richard’s Run For Life 5K,” held on the first Friday night in November in Ybor City’s Centennial Park, and  “Richard’s Father’s Day Walk & Jog,” held at Ulele on the Tampa Riverwalk every Father’s Day.


Richard’s Run for Life 5K
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Despite some heavy weather challenges at our 17th Annual Richard’s Run For Life 5K on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, we still managed to raise more than $150,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Thanks to those of you who braved the storms and to all who donated to the cause.

100% of every dollar donated and raised will fund the brachytherapy suite being built at Moffitt Cancer Center. Brachytherapy treats prostate, cervical, breast and sarcoma cancers. This new suite will effectively double the number of patients that can be treated.

Click here for race results: https://www.floridaroadrace.com/Race-Results/11-02-2018/Richards-Run-for-Life-5k

See you next year. Please mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

“Richard’s Run for Life” 5K Race is part of the Gonzmart Family Foundation — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Each year the Tampa Bay community gets together to run through the streets of Tampa’s historic Ybor City

W hen you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

- Patanjali

This quote was a great motivator for me and still is. Using my experience as a runner and my desire to find a cure for cancer I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to find a cure for cancer. Creating Richard’s Run was a way to fulfill this goal of finding a cure.

- Richard Gonzmart