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GIVE KIDS THE WORLD GINGERBREAD RUN 5K is an annual event that celebrates the joys of childhood and inspires hope for families who need it most. It is a professionally-timed race that includes runners, walkers, strollers and wheelchairs. The race winds through the 79-acre whimsical Give Kids The World Village, past a snoring tree, a magical castle, the world’s largest CANDY LAND game and more.

Date: November 12, 2016

Location: Give Kids The World Village

Run Start: 7:30 a.m.

VIP Race Experience: $135 per person and includes race registration, official 2016 Gingerbread Run 5k performance shirt, VIP packet pickup express line, additional race swag and indoor VIP area with special snacks, drinks, and pre and post-race massages.

**Please note registration fees are not included in fundraising totals. Also, the official Gingerbread Run 5k performance shirts are limited to 1 per person, and to those participants raising $100 or more, or to those signing up for the VIP Race Experience.

Adults: All participants will receive a 2016 Gingerbread Run medal, gingerbread man cookie, goody bag, snacks, refreshments and access to finish line pictures with free download.
February 15 – August 31: $35 September 1 – October 15: $40 October 16 – November 11: $45 Day of Registration: $50 unless sold out

Juniors: (3 – 12): $20 with paid adult. Includes 2016 Gingerbread Run medal, gingerbread man cookie, goody bag, snacks, refreshments and access to finish line pictures with free download.

Virtual Runners: $45: All Virtual Runners will receive a 2016 Gingerbread Run medal and gingerbread man cookie.

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Is your state looking a little plain? Register for the 2016 Gingerbread Run and be the first to paint your state purple! Give Kids The World’s signature 5K is one not to be missed, sending runners past our resident snoring elm tree, a Towne Hall decked in chocolate drops and swirly lollipops, and much more — all to create happiness and hope for our amazing kids.

Can’t make it to the Village? You can run, walk, or anything in between virtually from your (purple) home state on any day that’s convenient for you. Already in a state of purple perfection? Awesome — register today and join the fun! #GKTWVillage #GingerbreadRun2016

Event Prizes

Super Runners and Fundraisers

Top Three Male Runners
The top three male runners with the fastest times will each win medals presented at the Gingerbread Run.

Top Three Female Runners
The top three female runners with the fastest times will each win medals presented at the Gingerbread Run.

Top Three Junior Runners Male or Female
The top three junior runners, male or female, with the fastest times will each win medals presented at the Gingerbread Run.

Top Fundraising Teams
The four Gingerbread Run teams that raise the most money by Wednesday, November 9 at 12 noon EST will be treated to the VIP treatment with entrance into the Top Team VIP area on race day. This area will include special goodies, beverages and even massages for your entire team. On top of that, you will be presented with a trophy during the awards ceremony immediately following the run. In addition to online fundraising, all cash and check donations must be mailed in and received prior to November 9 to count towards the contest.

**To be considered a team, you need to have at least 2 participants signed up under your team name.



Top Individual Fundraisers
The top 10 individuals who raise the most money by November 9 at 12 noon EST will earn tickets for the indoor VIP area. In addition to online fundraising, all cash and check donations must be mailed in and received prior to November 9 to count towards the contest. (Only the top individual fundraisers, not their entire team, will be allowed access to the VIP area.)

Top individuals and teams will be notified by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 9.