5K Funrun 2017


Run or walk 5k in the U.S. and empower people in Africa!

UPDATE – 10/29/17

Thank you all for your participation, generosity, smiles and sweat! We humbly apologize for our inability to award age group prizes on the day of the race (this is one of our favorite parts of the entire day), but are pleased to announce that…


If you placed in your age division and did not receive a prize on race day, please email us at oc.international5k@gmail.com and we will gladly send you your award. Also, please feel free to let us know about any errors we may have made in timing, or if your name does not appear in the official results. We are aware of several missed numbers and times at the finish line and would be glad to fix any issues.


Join us on October 28th, 2017 for a 5 kilometer race and fun run/walk in support of Empowering Lives International! Challenge yourself physically with a purpose that goes far beyond the benefits of a healthy body and a day of fresh air.

Empowering Lives International is an organization that is committed to bringing sustainable change and hope to orphans, families and communities living in poverty in East Africa. The ELI vision is to holistically empower people through training programs, care for vulnerable children, and access to resources like education and clean water.

All fun run participants are invited to run for the cause. Every dollar that you fundraise, including your $20 registration fee will go directly to support the programs that bring real change to the lives of people in East Africa.

The impact of your participation in this 5k will be felt across the world!

Who can participate?

Walkers, runners, or sprinters of all ages. This will be a relaxed, fun, family-oriented event. Race as hard as you want against others or just the clock on our flat two-loop course, and stick around to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of people in East Africa. Let yourself be inspired by the energy and passion for change in Kenya right now, and bring change yourself just by signing up for this race. 100% of every race entry goes directly towards empowering people and communities in East Africa.

Where is the fun run?

Forest Shelter, Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley, CA

This will be a flat two-loop course within the park on mostly paved path with a little grass.

When is the fun run?

The race starts at 9:30am, October 28th, 2017

Show up early to make sure that you have plenty of time to find parking and the starting area near the Forest Shelter. Parking is $5 within the park, and free on the street.

How much does it cost?

Race registration is $20 per participant*, but we also highly encourage each athlete to use this as an opportunity to raise additional support to empower our friends in Kenya. Raising support is not mandatory however, and we would love to see as many people at the race as possible!

To register and to learn more about fundraising for the cause, scroll to the bottom of this page.

*Raise $70 to get a free race t-shirt!

What can I expect at the fun run?

Our race-day activities will include music, prizes, information about how to get involved with Empowering Lives International, and a glimpse into the lives of our Kenyan friends who are also preparing to compete in a sister event held in Kenya!

Whether you have heard of ELI or not, this will be a chance to run/walk in a festive atmosphere alongside other passionate athletes of all abilities dedicated to serving others.


ELI 5k Fun Run Location

Race Course: 2 loops around Mile Square Park










Registration: Please pre-register below before 10/26/17

Day of race registration will be available near the starting line at 7:30am the morning of the race.


Fundraising: Run and walk to support the life changing programs at Empowering Lives International!

The funds you raise will go directly towards programs that lead to sustainable change for orphans and vulnerable children and people living in poverty in East Africa. You can create your own fundraising page for your race using Everyday Hero. It’s quick and easy to sign up, click on the button below to get started!

Donating to the cause: If you would like to give, but do not wish to create a fundraising page, you can donate to our main ELI 5k page by clicking on the button below. Thank you so much for your support!




Questions about the event? Contact oc.international5k@gmail.com