BIG STEPS for Little Friends 5K Run/Walk

Join us on 10/17/2022

(race date estimated)

BIG STEPS for Little Friends 5K Run/Walk Race Description


8th Annual Nihonmachi Little Friends

“Big Steps for Little Friends 5K Event”

We're Still Virtual in 2021! 


Location: "Virtual...From Anywhere in the World"

Race Dates:  Saturday, October 9 thru Sunday, October 17, 2021


Register to join, ask your loved-ones to support, and help raise well-needed funds to sustain our programs during this extended Covid-19 period. 


Your Donations and Registrations Help Keep our Doors Open!


Due to the Pandemic, NLF's Preschool enrollment is at 65% of our normal student capacity and

our After School Program is at 70%. 

Despite our reduced income from tuition, we remain committed to providing a safe and stimulating environment for our children to learn and grow.  With your support, we will be able to maintain the high-quality programs and staff that has defined NLF for the past 46 years. 


Here is how you can help:

1. Register 

 Click above button to register.

2. Fundraise

Create a Team Page!  

Load your team image, profile image and fundraising goals.

In the TEAM DESCRIPTION, please write:

"Please Donate and Join our Fundraising Team by clicking the links below.  I/We Love NLF because..."  Share one quote or aspect of the NLF program you LOVE! (i.e.quote from child, parent’s perspective, love for an NLF teacher or activity)

SEND link to family and friends and ask that they donate and register to join your team!  They can join from anywhere in the world!  

3. Choose your own 5K adventure!

Have fun! Run, Walk, Bike, and discover the joys of family fitness together! 

Route SuggestionsClick Here

Scavenger Hunts - If your family and friends enjoy trivia and treasures - this is the perfect activity for all ages.

Japantown Animal Hunt
Did you know there are many animals hiding all over San Francisco Japantown.  Please come to Japantown and find us. We can't wait to finally meet you and make new friends!

Golden Gate Park Bridge Crossing - Strawberry Hill Challenge
It is just amazing how many bridges and waterfalls are available for you to enjoy in Golden Gate Park.  With this challenge, you will be able to cross both big and small bridges around Stow Lake to prepare you for the longest bridge crossing challenge of all, Golden Gate Bridge!


4. Tally your total miles!

Complete this form to collectively be counted! (and maybe win a few prizes!) Enter all at one time, or multiple times as you complete a course.  Whatever works for you!

 5. We'll email you a video to celebrate our 5K Run/Walk/Ride!

We will be sharing photos, wins, and pulling our raffle winners. 


With your help, we can meet our fundraising goal of $35,000 to keep our children learning, exploring, smiling and thriving.


Event Schedule:

The Big Steps for Little Friends 5K Run/Walk starts on Saturday, October 9th and continues until Sunday, October 17th.  The last day to register for the event is Sunday, October 17th by 9am.  Families may submit their routes and photos by Monday, October 18th at 12 noonIf you are not able to join us this year, please consider making a donation.

Registration fee: $25 for adults / $35 after Oct. 7 

Registration fee: $10 for children (17 years and under)


*FREE RAFFLE TICKET for all Registrants
Raffle Prizes
First Prize: FitBit
Second Prize: $100 Lululemon Gift Card
Third Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card


The MANY WAYS to secure your Raffle tickets!  

REGISTER EARLY with Family and Friends!

Each registrant will receive one RAFFLE TICKET to be entered into a raffle drawing

One additional RAFFLE TICKET per registrant if you register by October 7.

ASK for DONATIONS by Emailing your TEAM PAGE or CALLING Loved Ones!

One additional RAFFLE TICKET per NLF family for every accumulative $100 donation/pledge received above the $100 minimum requirement. 

Each ticket you earn will automatically be entered into our raffle. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 22nd.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Tax ID#94-2325686

Click here to Donate by Credit Card. Checks can be made to: NLF, 1830 Sutter St. SF, CA 94115.   

Be Sure your Donors name/dedicate/note the current NLF student to whom we should credit.   



Matching gifts can double your support to our organization!

Many corporations offer programs that will match employee donations to our organizations.  Matching gifts are an important source of revenue for us.  Nihonmachi Little Friends is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.  All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  If you believe your company will match your donation, feel free to apply, and submit  your forms to us at  Your donation, plus your company match will count in total for your required participation AND toward more raffle tickets for a better chance to win! 


We truly appreciate the support of NLF friends, parents and alumni community that have helped us thrive for the last 46 years. Until we are able to gather in-person again, we hope to see your smiling photos on this registration page to remind us all what an amazing community we have. 

Since 1975, NLF has supported San Francisco and Bay Area families by offering high-quality, affordable, bilingual, multicultural and educational preschool and after school programs.  All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit our children’s programs and the Plant a Seed Campaign (PASC) for our expanded preschool facilities. More information about NLF and the PASC can be found on our website:


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    BIG STEPS for Little Friends 5K Run/Walk Where & When

  • Location: San Francisco, CA 94115
  • Race Date: 2021/10/17 05:00:00 PM (Sunday)
  • Categories:
    • Run, Walk, Ride - Adult
    • Run, Walk, Ride - Children (17 and under)

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