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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.”

Richard’s Run for Life
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

The 16th Annual “Richard’s Run for Life” 5K is Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. Come out and run, walk or simply enjoy the food and beverages while helping researchers find a cure for cancer.

One hundred percent of every dollar donated and raised will help find a cure for cancer.

The all-ages entry fee is $25 per person online pre-registration through Oct. 27, 2017 or post-marked entry by Oct. 20 ($30 day of event, if available.)

Event Day Registration: Starts at 5 p.m. in Centennial Park in Ybor City.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are available.
Contact Julie Robertson: JRobertson@ColumbiaRestaurant.com

Pre-Registered runner's t-shirt and race number pick-up: Monday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., & Thursday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Columbia Museum in Ybor City: 2025 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Not a runner or walker, but want to volunteer? Please contact Julie Robertson:JRobertson@ColumbiaRestaurant.com for volunteer opportunities. High school students welcome.

All registered runners/walkers will receive free entry to the post-race party. Guests and visitors can also enjoy the festivities and food for a $20 donation. Children under 12 eat for $10 each. (Does not include race t-shirts.)

The post-race party in Centennial Park features music and food, including:

  • Columbia Arroz con Pollo “Valenciana” (Chicken and Yellow Rice), Black Beans & Rice, Cuban Bread and the Columbia’s Original "1905" Salad®
  • Ulele Spring Brewery Beer
  • Moe's Southwest Grill Tacos
  • Michelob Ultra Beer provided by Pepin Distributing

“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 Tampa’s historic Ybor City

It is hard to believe it's been 16 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 cancer research. 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 beat this horrible disease.
– Richard Gonzmart

Fifth Annual Richard’s Father’s Day
Family Walk/Jog June 17, 2017

Thank you, runners and walkers! Our fourth annual Richard’s Father’s Day Walk & Jog is in the books. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your Father’s Day.

Thanks to our participants and sponsors, Richard Gonzmart announced that we’re donating $100,000 from this event to Moffitt Cancer Center. As always, we pay 100 percent of the event costs so that 100 percent of the revenues go to Moffitt.

You’re making a difference in the fight against cancer. Please mark your calendars for Father’s Day, June 17, for the 2018 event. See you then. We appreciate your support.

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.

W hen 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