Join us for the Optometry Cares Virtual 5K! This year, we are bringing our annual run/walk virtually to you. On Saturday, September 26 we invite you to map your course, lace up your shoes and go for a walk, run, jog, or bike ride! You may complete the race wherever you like but please remember to practice safe social distancing.
Step 1: Register for $25. Sign up today and invite friends, family and colleagues to join (don't forget to click on the link after registering to share the race on your Facebook – this will save you $1 off your registration fee). Online registration closes on Saturday, September 26 at 5pm CST.
Step 2: Complete the 5K. Whether it’s outside, on a treadmill, or even doing laps around your house, lace up your shoes and have fun!
Although we would love as many people as possible to participate on the September 26 race date, please note that you do not have to complete the challenge on September 26, as long as you upload your results within the allotted window (more info in Step 3).
Step 3: Submit your time. You may post your results beginning Wednesday, September 23 until 11:59pm CST on Sunday, September 27. Share your favorite moments/pictures/videos along the way by tagging Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation on Facebook!
Please note that we will not be having overall or age group awards so uploading your results is optional. However, we encourage a little friendly competition and the top runners will have bragging rights!
Not sure where to run? Create your own course here:
For road routes (be mindful of traffic): https://www.google.com/maps
For off-road routes: www.alltrails.com
Or use your favorite smartphone/smart watch app!
Will I receive any swag?
Yes! Each participant will receive a unisex soft tri-blend T-shirt.
Those who register by Sunday, September 6 will receive their shirts by the official race date. If you register after September 6, you will have the option of 2-day shipping for an additional $7 fee. You may choose regular shipping for no additional cost but we cannot guarantee your shirt will arrive by September 26.
See below specs to determine what size is right for you:
Where do I upload my time?
Go to "Manage My Registration" towards the top of the page and then click “Submit Race Results”. Participants may post results beginning on Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, September 27 at 11:59pm CST.
Where do I share my photos and videos? We would love to see your photos and videos so please tag us on Facebook by using the #OptometryCares5K hashtag!
Optometry Cares is a charitable organization committed to expanding eye health and vision care access for everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. Optometry Cares supports InfantSEE, the National Optometry Hall of Fame, Healthy Eyes Healthy Children, Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief, VISION USA, and the Archives & Museum of Optometry
Your generous support helps Optometry Cares to fulfill its mission of expanding eye care awareness, education and research to eye and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.