Richard’s Run for Life
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
The 13th Annual “Richard’s Run for Life” 5K takes place on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. Come out and run, walk or simply enjoy the food and beverages while helping researchers at Moffitt find a cure for cancer. One hundred percent of every dollar donated and raised will benefit the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program for sarcoma research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Sarcoma is the number two cause of cancer in children.
The all-ages entry fee is $25 per person online pre-registration through Nov. 2, 2014 or post-marked entry by Oct. 31, and includes a T-shirt. Register online here, or click here for a downloadable registration form.
All registered runners/walkers will receive free entry to the post-race party. Guests and visitors can also enjoy the festivities and food for a $20 donation. Children under 12 eat for $10 each. The post-race party in Centennial Park features music and food, including The Columbia’s Paella de Pollo “Valenciana,” (Chicken and Yellow Rice) Black Beans & Rice and The Columbia’s Original "1905" Salad®, Tacos from Moe’s Southwest Grill, Guava BBQ Ribs from Cha Cha Coconuts, ice-cold beer from Michelob Ultra and wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle.
“Richard’s Run for Life” has raised more than $748,000 in the last 12 years.
“Richard’s Run for Life” 5K Race, which is part of the Gonzmart Family Foundation — a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization — was created by Columbia Restaurant President Richard Gonzmart as a way to combine his love for running with his long-time desire to find a cure for cancer.
Each year the Tampa Bay community gets together to run for life through the streets of Ybor City.
“It is hard to believe it's been 13 years since I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to raise funds for research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Many of our lives have been touched by those who have had cancer and I have personally lost family members and dear friends to this horrible disease. My passion to find a cure for cancer is huge and I am motivated to help Moffitt beat this horrible disease.”
“For the 2012 race we honored 8-year-old pianist, Josalyn Kaldenberg. After her diagnosis of osteosarcoma in her right shoulder, Dr. G. Doug Letson, from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, removed her tumor and replaced her humerus with a titanium version that will expand as she grows. I am proud to report she is doing well and once again playing the piano!” To learn more about Josalyn’s remarkable surgery go to this story in the USF Oracle.