Participants of all ages are getting ready for the Hearts for Hope 5K Run & Walk which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on February 1st at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad. Proceeds from the event will be used to help local families endure the financial burden cause by ongoing serious childhood medication conditions.
Check-in for the day's festivities will begin with the registration table for runners opening at 8:30 a.m., leading up to the 5K race's 9:30 a.m. start time. Walkers will be able to check-in at 9:00 a.m. for their 5K which is slated to kick off at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5-10 years old, there is a fun run scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The event's inspirational opening ceremony will be held promptly at 10:00 a.m.
In addition to the day's races, the event will feature a myriad of other attractions such as a live DJ, various entertainment performances throughout the morning and afternoon, local health & fitness vendors set up around the park, food stands, Zumba demonstrations and a sky jumper dropping in with a 1,500-square-foot flag.
Poinsettia Park is one of Carlsbad's most popular outdoor recreation destinations with 42-acres of space which features ten tennis courts, three baseball & softball fields, a basketball court and multiple picnic areas. Easy to reach and just minutes from the beach, the park is located at 6600 Hidden Valley Road, just east of I-5 in Carlsbad.
The Mitchell Thorp Foundation is a Carlsbad-based non-profit organization that provides comfort and relief to the families of children facing life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Founded by Brad and Beth Thorp in honor of their son, Mitchell, who passed away in 2008 following a five-year fight against an illness that doctors were never able to identify, the foundation offers financial, emotional and resource support to the caretakers of other children facing unsurmountable medical conditions. For additional ways you can help, or for more information regarding the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, visit their website at mitchellthorp.org, or call them at (760)603-8853.