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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 the cause.

Richard’s Run Nov. 5, 2021

Registration is open for the 20th Annual "Richard’s Run for Life," this year a virtual 5K. Participants can run, jog or walk while step by step helping researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center find a cure for cancer.

Because of a recent spike in local COVID cases, the Columbia Restaurant Group opted to make this year’s 20th anniversary run a virtual event again. Participants will have the option to run (or walk) a 5K on their own time. No crowds and no parking or weather challenges. Instead of the normal after-party, each registrant will receive a $25 gift certificate redeemable at the Columbia Restaurant, Casa Santo Stefano or Ulele donated by the Columbia Restaurant Group.

100 percent of every dollar donated and raised will fund the brachytherapy suite being built at Moffitt Cancer Center. Brachytherapy treats prostate, cervical, breast and sarcoma cancers. This new suite effectively will double the number of patients who can be treated.

“Richard’s Run for Life” has raised more than $1.6 million in the first 19 years of this event.

The all-ages entry fee is $35 per person via online registration now through Nov. 30, 2021. Visit https://raceroster.com/events/2021/50886/richards-run-for-life-virtual-5k to register. The $25 gift certificate will be mailed soon after registration. Registrants also have the option on the site to purchase a long-sleeved Dri-Fit run shirt for $20. The shirt will be mailed in mid-December.

As a participant, you can complete the 3.1 miles wherever and whenever you choose, anytime from the start of registration through the end of November. You also will have the option to submit your time to the Race Roster website between Nov. 1 – 31. Everyone is a winner!


“Richard’s Run for Life” 5K Race is part of the Gonzmart Family Foundation — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Each year the Tampa Bay community gets together to run through the streets of Tampa’s historic Ybor City

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

Our Father’s Day Event Raises $125,000

Our 8th annual Richard’s Father Day Walk & Jog raised more than $125,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center.

That’s $725,000 to Moffitt from this event since 2014.

The June 20 course started and ended at Ulele restaurant, with almost 500 walkers and joggers on the Tampa Riverwalk.

Thanks also to the many volunteers, staff and sponsors who made it happen.

Larger cash sponsors included Sherloq Solutions, Imperial Dade paper, Gordon Food Service, Tito’s Vodka, TECO,  More Amor Fund, Local Seafood, Jim Beam and RNDC. Southern Glazers also helped bring in numerous wine and spirits sponsors.

See you on June 19, 2022 for the 9th annual fundraiser.

Richard Gonzmart with Doug Federman at Richard's Father's Day Family Walk/Jog. The money is earmarked for 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.  

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Our Causes & Events

The Gonzmart Family Foundation contributes annually to many worthy causes. Two of our annual events are “Richard’s Run For Life 5K,” held on the first Friday night in November in Ybor City’s Centennial Park, and  “Richard’s Father’s Day Walk & Jog,” held at Ulele on the Tampa Riverwalk every Father’s Day.