Run for Hope 5K

Logo-banner_1100x427The 2016 Run for Hope 5K is May 14, 2016. Click here to register.

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Valley Natural Foods is excited to announce that it is partnering with Early Family Childhood Services (ECFS) for the 6th Annual Run For Hope 5K! The 5th annual Run for Hope 5K was a success, raising nearly $17,000 for ECFS.  In 2016 we need your help to do this again! ECFS will use all funds raised to help educate families in our community on the importance and availability of healthy, local food along with helping fund their new facility.

ECFS utilizes Dakota County’s LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) curriculum, that focuses on 8 healthy fruits and vegetable choices. In addition, the funds raised helped support the needs of the new Dakota Valley Learning Center which opened this year, housing 27 early childhood and adult classrooms, a computer lab, assessment and conference rooms and outdoor play areas.

Established in 2011, the Run for Hope 5K is an annual community/family-based event hosted and sponsored by Valley Natural Foods.  The goal of the 5K is to not only raise money through sponsors and race participants, but to bring local families and the overall community together for health, wellness and camaraderie. These are important values that reflect the mission of Valley Natural Foods. The race also echoes the co-op based value, “concern for community”, helping promote health not only for individuals, but better financial health for a local non-profit.

Over the past five years, the Run for Hope 5K has raised over $50,000. From 2011 to 2012, the Run for Hope 5K raised $18,000 for past beneficiary, Hope for Tomorrow Mentoring and has since raised $32,000 for ECFS. Since 2011, collectively, over 1,400 race participants have come together to support this great cause.

 Our Mission Is A Healthy Community.

About Early Family Childhood Services:
Early Childhood Family Education/ECFE provides quality learning opportunities and resources for young families, including Childhood Family Education, School Readiness, Connections Preschool and Family School. Our Foundation’s mission is preserve and enhance the social and economic well being of the communities of Public School District 196, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, through quality educational programs for young children and their families.

Registration costs:

General Adult Registration (Ages 13+)
•$24.00 until January 31
•$27.00 until March 31
•$30.00 until May 12
•$40.00 May 13– May 14
General Youth Registration (Ages 6-12)
• $15 until May 14

Event details and schedule

The Run For Hope 5K begins and ends at Valley Natural Foods located on the corner of McAndrews Rd and County Road 11 (13750 County Road 11, Burnsville, MN 55337).  The 5K race starts at 8:00 a.m. This race is chip-timed. You can run or walk the 5K. There will be free family friendly activities including yoga pre and post race for all runners and walkers. Also, if registered by April 1, all runners and walkers will receive a race t-shirt in their size, a swag bag full of snacks courtesy of Valley Natural Foods’ generous vendors.

All children ages 0-5 are welcome to participate in the race free of charge. However, to receive a t-shirt, race bib, or a swag bag, they must be registered for the race under the youth rate.

Due to limited parking, it is recommended that race participants find alternative forms of transportation to the race site. This includes carpooling, walking, or using the Run for Hope 5K bus service (details on this will be sent to each participant pre-race).

Since 2011, collectively, over 850 race participants have been a part of this great event and you could too! Register for the race and learn more at