Run with the Hippies in Gulfport on Star Wars Day
All proceeds from the Fourth Annual Hippie Dash benefit Goodwill’s programs for adults with disabilities and for people with other barriers to self-sufficiency.
GULFPORT – Hundreds of runners and walkers will take to the streets of Gulfport on Saturday (May 4) in celebration of Peace, Love & Goodwill at the Fourth Annual Hippie Dash.
Presented by Goodwill-Suncoast and USI, the event includes an 8K and a 5K run, a Flower Child Fun Run for little hippies, and a laid-back one-mile Walk, Woof & Roll for walkers, dogs and strollers. The event will also feature dozens of vintage VWs – from bugs to campers – to add to the 1960s vibe.
This year’s Hippie Dash is going down Saturday, beginning at 7:45 a.m. The groove begins in the heart of Gulfport’s super funky downtown waterfront district at 5500 Shore Blvd. S. A DJ will spin tunes from the counterculture era, and all runners are encouraged to wear their most far-out threads for a chance to win Best Dressed Grown-Up Hippie and Best Dressed Flower Child awards.
Participants in the Walk, Woof & Roll can dress their dogs up for a chance at a pooch prize too! Mash-up hippie/Star Wars costumes are encouraged!(Saturday is Star War Day.)
A free yoga session will be held on the beach before the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. After the race, participants can hang out in the Gulfport Casino, enjoy free munchies and beer, view the vintage VWs on display, enjoy free face-painting and wander through Gulfport’s outta sight downtown!
High-achieving hippies will be stoked to know the 8K and 5K runs are chip-timed events on certified courses. All participants will receive a fab T-shirt and a super-cool medal. Award medals will be given to the first-, second-, and third-place finishers in each age group of the 8K and 5K. If runners can only be there in spirit, there is a “run from home” option for the event.
Come together right now! Register here: runsignup.com.
All proceeds benefit Goodwill’s programs for adults with disabilities and for people with other barriers to self-sufficiency.
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