On site registration opens at 7:15am. Race starts at 8:00am.
The fourth annual Joy Run 5K & Miles of Joy Challenge returns with even more options to keep our dear runners safe, healthy and motivated in 2021! Both events raise crucial funds for Operation Joy, a charity initiative of Child and Family Focus to provide additional support for our child clients and their families above and beyond our normal emotional and behavioral health programs. For more about Child and Family Focus and Operation Joy, see www.ChildAndFamilyFocus.org This year participants have the option of running in the Joy Run virtually at any point from 9/18/21 to 10/9/21 or to come celebrate with us in person at a live Joy Run 5K on 10/9/21! Not only that, but runners have the ability to switch their choice up until Thursday 10/7/21! While the spread of COVID-19 continues to decline and Pennsylvania returns to more in-person gatherings every day, we at Operation Joy understand that this shift can change as new data emerges and we want to ensure that our runners have the ability to shift as well. That's right! Run the 5K your way with joy! The Miles of Joy Challenge is also back by popular demand! A fully virtual collaborative activity in honor of the 296 families which Operation Joy served in recent years. Participants will all add their logged miles to reach a shared goal of 2,960 miles traveled! That's 10 miles for each family served. An amazing donor has promised an additional $1,000 when we hit 2,960 miles! Walk, run or strut as much as you can or as short as you choose--every mile helps! 5K racers are automatically registered in the Miles of Joy FOR FREE and can manually upload their 3.1 miles to this goal, plus more! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Registrants for the Joy Run also receive... Free race shirt for 5K entries received through September 1, 2021! Shirts will be available for Social Distance pickup at our many locations and emails will follow. Please ensure that RunSignUp and the Joy Run emails are not blocked by your email provider. Free entry into the Miles of Joy Challenge! No matter if you run or walk every day from 9/18/21 to 10/9/21 or just run the 5K on 10/9/21, uploading your traveled miles help us all reach the 2,960 mile goal and unlock the additional $1,000 donation. You also gain invitation into the pop-up virtual events throughout the three week period. Downloadable Race Bib to Race in Style! Once registered, participants can log back into their Runsignup account and click on the Joy Run 5K race to download their individual bib. Please share the Joy by taking a Runner's Selfie in your bib and sharing it on this run page, the CFF Facebook Page as well as on other social media. Forward us a link in the contact box and one lucky runner/walker will win a prize! Registrants for the Miles of Joy Challenge also receive... Invitation to virtual pop-up events! Expect surprise virtual events from 9/18/21 to 10/9/21 to keep the motivation high and the fun even higher. As always, please remember to upload those miles! Please ensure that RunSignUp and the Joy Run emails are not blocked by your email provider.