Run to Change Lives is expanding in 2021, with plans to host the Free Rock-It Run on July 4 in Castle Rock. The event will inclue live entertainment, a 5K, half marathon and races for kids. Run to …
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Run to Change Lives is expanding in 2021, with plans to host the Free Rock-It Run on July 4 in Castle Rock. The event will inclue live entertainment, a 5K, half marathon and races for kids.
Run to Change Lives founders Jason and Gina Anguiano said the organization took over Castle Rock’s annual Turkey Rock Trot event in 2015. The Thanksgiving race has continued to grow and see success, he said.
In looking for new opportunities, Anguiano said research showed the July 4 holiday is the second-largest race day in the U.S. It falls only behind races held on Thanksgiving day. Given how popular the July 4th holiday is for runners, Anguiano said he thinks it could become something big in Douglas County.
Anguiano said he and his wife are excited to start what they hope will become an annual tradition in Castle Rock.
“We really want to provide these special races in our hometown,” he said. “People like to run and participate in events with live entertainment and festivals.”
Having the event on Independence Day is an added bonus, Anguiano said, as the funds raised from the race will go towards their newly-created nonprofit Live Free Association. The couple is also the founders of the nonprofit Live Free Association.
“The name was chosen wisely,” Anguiano said. “We are raising funds to help people live free and break free from different illnesses. This is not just about a race.”
Funds raised in prior races went directly towards nonprofits specializing in health and wellness care. The July 4 race will serve as the primary fundraiser for the LIve Free Association, Anguiano said. The Live Free Association, Anguiano said, will partner with local medical and health-care organizations to help people break free from illness, addiction, poverty, and captivity to find freedom and live a full life.
The July 4 event will be held between 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, located at 500 Fairgrounds Rd. in Castle Rock. Races begin with a 5K at 9 a.m.
Runners can participate in the 5k or a half-marathon relay. There will be a free 1K race for young runners.
The cost to participate includes:
• 5k — $40 until July 1; $45 day of the race
• Half-marathon - $55 until July 1; $60 day of the race
To register for Live Free Rock-It Run, visit the website at runtochangelives.org/rock-it-run.
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