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    The Runners Prepare

    The Gonzmart Family Foundation and the Columbia Restaurant Group are involved in a series of charitable events throughout the year. Check out these upcoming events. We’d love for you to join us.

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    It's Kids' Stuff

    Children are at the heart of Richard’s Run for Life, and our events are for the whole family. Special activities are planned for the very young and the young at heart. Your kids will enjoy meeting the people who make up their community.

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    Working Up An Appetite

    Racing under the Richard’s Run for Life flag always means the best of sustenance for body and soul. Local restaurants donate refreshments and delicacies so that 100% of money raised can go to cancer research. Participants literally “run for life.”

Third Annual Richard’s Father’s Day
Family Walk/Jog June 19, 2016

Start Father’s Day on the right foot at the third annual “Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk/Jog” on Sunday, June 19, at 8 a.m. at Ulele restaurant in Tampa Heights.

The course starts and ends at Ulele, at 1810 N. Highland Ave., in Tampa Heights. This is a family-friendly event, and parents are encouraged to bring their children and walk together. Or, you can pick up the pace and jog.

Register online at Active.com.


100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) at Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designed Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida. From last year’s event, the Gonzmart Family Foundation donated $85,000.

The all-ages entry fee is $25 per person pre-registration through May 2 and $30 after May 3 through June 18 ($35 day of) and includes a T-shirt. Children under 12 are free, but must register the morning of the event, with a parent or guardian. Event-day sign-in and bib pickup opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 19.

The event includes a 1-mile and 5K route. You can choose your distance the morning of the run. Chadd and Kristi will be there from Magic 94-9, along with other special guests.

“Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk/Jog” was created by fourth generation co-owner and Columbia Restaurant Group President Richard Gonzmart. His goal is to raise awareness of the disease and the need for testing, as well as to help fund prostate cancer research. This year's event is dedicated to the memory of runner and fighter Michelle Boyd DeJong.



Richard Gonzmart with Doug Federman at Richard's Father's Day Family Walk/Jog. The money is earmarked for the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration at Moffitt. According to the American Cancer Society, one man out of six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one of 35 will die every year. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in American men, second only to lung cancer.

 

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

- Patanjali

This quote was a great motivator for me and still is. Using my experience as a runner and my desire to find a cure for cancer I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to find a cure for cancer. Creating Richard’s Run was a way to fulfill this goal of finding a cure.

- Richard Gonzmart




Richard’s Run for Life
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

The Nov. 6, 2015 Richard’s Run for Life 5K was a huge success. Thank you for your support.

2,000 participants took to the streets of Ybor City in this annual road race to support cancer research. Many more came to lend their support in this important cause.

One hundred percent of every dollar donated and raised will benefit the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program for sarcoma research and the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) at Moffitt.

See you next year. Please mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

“Richard’s Run for Life” 5K Race, which is part of the Gonzmart Family Foundation — a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization — was created by Columbia Restaurant President Richard Gonzmart as a way to combine his love for running with his long-time desire to find a cure for cancer.


Each year the Tampa Bay community gets together to run for life through the streets of Ybor City.

It is hard to believe it's been 14 years since I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to raise funds for research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Many of our lives have been touched by those who have had cancer and I have personally lost family members and dear friends to this horrible disease. My passion to find a cure for cancer is huge and I am motivated to help Moffitt beat this horrible disease.
– Richard Gonzmart