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January 21, 2022

Saint Leo University’s Social Justice Committee is sponsoring the Saint Leo Run Toward Justice 5K to benefit local organizations that promote social justice initiatives throughout the community.

What It Is

The virtual 5K race day is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17, 2022). Participants may run the 5K any day between January 1 and January 21, 2022. You can run, walk, or use any mobility assistance device to complete 3.1 miles.

All skill levels and abilities are welcome! Whether this is your first or 100th 5K, this race is for you.

Since this inaugural Run Toward Justice 5K is virtual, you can participate wherever you are located. Run or walk along a favorite trail, the beach, a neighborhood, or jump on a treadmill.

How To Train

This 5K promotes community rather than competition. Don’t stress! If you would like to prepare, there are many online resources to assist with training for a 5K. Here is a resource we recommend: The Best Training Plans for Your First 5K

Record Your Time

The goal is to complete 3.1 miles in one session, and participants will monitor their own completion time. You can use a watch or any time keeping/race tracking app on your phone.

Once you complete the race, send your race completion time to


Registration is $30 through October 31.

Beginning November 1, the registration fee is $40.

Participants will receive a Saint Leo Run Toward Justice 5K T-shirt and a certificate of completion.

Proceeds Benefit

Registration fees from the 5K will go to the Migrant Education Program, which provides services to migrant students and their families through Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Migrant families travel extensively throughout the United States to harvest fruits and vegetables. As essential workers, they provide the food to feed the nation despite hardships of their own. Challenges that the MEP helps mitigate are academic, health, social, parent engagement, and family literacy. Funds from the 2022 5K will go to MEP to provide educational supplies and supplemental items for farmworkers’ children. This includes providing for unexpected health expenses and supplying eyeglasses to help students to be successful in school. Registration fees also will help purchase hygiene and cleaning items as well as school supplies.

Improve the education of these children and help end the cycle of poverty!

Register Here

For Information

Email Saint Leo’s Social Justice Committee at