The Donate Life Family Fun Run has been celebrating the lives of donors and transplant recipients for ten years. A 5k run and walk, our goal is to raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation and celebrate the generosity of donors and their families. Proceeds from the Donate Life Family Fun Run benefit The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland’s community outreach and education efforts, as well as our aftercare program and workshops for donor families.
Each year, donor families and friends, transplant recipients, living donors, hospital partners, and supporters of our mission come together as a community and participate in the Donate Life Family Fun Run. In addition to raising funds, the Fun Run is a great way to celebrate life, second chances, and the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors.
Join us to run, walk, or simply to celebrate the incredible community of Marylanders who support life and hope through donation.
Race Registration Fees 3/27-4/30:
- Ages 13 and over: $20
- Ages 5-12: $10
- Ages 0-4: Free
Race Registration Fees 5/1-9/16:
- Ages 13 and over: $25
- Ages 5-12: $15
- Ages 0-4: Free
If you do not register online before closing on September 16, 2018, at 11:59 PM, you may register at either of our packet pickup events on September 19 or 20 OR you may register at the race on September 22 from 7 AM to 8:45 AM. Please note increased registration fees below.
Race Day Registration Fees:
- Ages 13 and over - $30
- Ages 5-12 - $20
- Ages 0-4 - Free
Packet Pick Up
We strongly encourage you to pick up your race packet (bib and t-shirt) in advance so you don't have to wait in line on race day.
No need to print anything out - just bring a photo ID to packet pickup.
Due to increased participation in the Donate Life Family Fun Run, Team Captains are NO LONGER ALLOWED to pick up their entire team's packets.
You ARE allowed to pick up packets for immediate family members (in the same household) - OR - one other participant's packet with advance written permission (a signed or emailed note from the participant acknowledging who will be picking up their packet).
Packet pickup dates and locations for the 2018 event will be announced soon.
If you do not pick up your packet in advance, registration and packet pick-up begin on race day, September 22, 2018, at 7 AM in Lot C.
Race Day Schedule
7:00 AM: Race-day registration and packet pickup begins
8:40 AM: Pre-race warmup
9:00 AM: Start of the 5K Race
9:10 AM: Start of the 1K Walk
10:30 AM: Presentation of top finisher awards
Race Day Activities
We're not just a 5K race - plan to stay after the race to enjoy all the activities the Family Fun Run has to offer!
Stay for an after-race-party featuring music, food trucks and a picnic area, sponsor booths, Why We Walk, T-Shirt Row, kids activities, and more. We are excited for the opportunity to get to know our participants and really have time to talk and meet with each other after the race. We hope you'll join us!
Get your photo taken in the photo booth! Teams and individuals welcome. Photos will be shared via The LLF's Facebook page and also made available for download online.
Food Trucks and Picnic Area
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local food trucks at the event. Participants are also welcome to bring their own food to enjoy in our picnic area.
Children of all ages are welcome to take part in games and face painting at the Kids Tent.
Why We Walk
The Why We Walk tent is one of the most meaningful experiences of the event. It is a place for participants to display messages, pictures, and memories for all to see. Whatever your connection to donation, please stop by this tent and fill out a "Why I Walk" card to share. Messages and photos will not be returned, so please do not use original photographs.
Honor the gift of life at T-Shirt Row! Many participants of the Family Fun Run take part in a tradition of decorating their shirts in memory of their loved one who was a donor or in honor of a transplant recipient or living donor. Feel free to either decorate an extra shirt to display ahead of time or stop at the tent on race day to decorate your shirt.
Want to wear your support of donation on your sleeve, literally? Stop at the merchandise tent for t-shirts, headbands, cups, bracelets, hats, and more! All proceeds come directly back to The LLF. Prefer to shop online before the race? Visit our online store.
Donor Family Tent
Supporting our donor families is at the heart of our event. Visit our Donor Family Tent to speak with members of our Family Services team and pick up donor family resources and giveaways.
Show our generous sponsors some love! Visit the sponsor booths for information and giveaways.
How do I start my own team?
To start your own team for the Fun Run, simply go through the standard registration process. Follow the prompts through registration and when prompted to either join an existing team or create a team, select create a team.
I registered as an individual. Can I still create or join a team?
Yup! If you registered as an individual during the registration process, you can still create or join a team later by logging into your personal account. Go to the RunSignup page and sign in (icon in the top right corner). Once signed in, go to your Profile (icon in the top right corner again). Scroll down to "Fundraisers" and click "edit fundraiser" for the person you'd like to move to a team. Scroll down to "create or join a fundraising team" and either select an existing team from the dropdown list or follow the prompts to create a new fundraising team.
How do I donate to a team or individual?
To donate to a team or individual, visit the donation page here. You can search by name or scroll through either the individual fundraiser names or team names until you find who you're looking for. Click "select" and then either choose one of the donation amounts listed or enter your own, and then proceed with payment.
All registered participants receive a free Family Fun Run t-shirt. Each year, more and more teams customize their t-shirts in honor of a loved one or to celebrate the gift of life. In the past we have seen many creative and touching designs and we continue to keep one side of the race t-shirt blank to allow this tradition to continue. Some teams choose to use different shirts completely and we welcome anything teams or individuals would like to do.
We invite everyone to show off your creativity on T-shirt Row! If you choose to customize your team's shirts, please be sure to request an extra t-shirt at packet pick-up and bring an extra customized shirt to display.
Free race day parking is available in Lots B and C at Camden Yards Sports Complex.
The approximate address for GPS directions is:
405 W Lee St, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Parking attendants will direct you to the nearest available spot.
We highly recommend that participants park before 8:30 AM as police will be closing off nearby roads for the race. Arrive early to grab a coffee from a food truck and hear from our inspirational speakers!
Prizes & Awards
The overall top three finishers in the following categories will receive a medal and monetary prize:
Males (13 and over)
Females (13 and over)
Medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each of the following age brackets:
60 and older
Beneficiary: The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland
As the organ procurement organization (OPO) for Maryland (with the exception of Montgomery, Prince George's, and Charles Counties), The Living Legacy Foundation (The LLF) facilitates donation and transplantation in area hospitals, provides donor family support, and educates hospitals and the general public about the life-saving power of organ, eye, and tissue donation.