General Information

Beacon of Hope 5k Run/Walk

DATE: Sunday, May 15, 2016

LOCATION: 24th Street Park (Virginia Beach Oceanfront)

The Beacon of Hope 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Memory Walk is held annually at the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront. All proceeds from the race support the programs of I Need A Lighthouse, Inc.

The mission of I Need A Lighthouse, Inc. is to significantly reduce the loss and suffering from teen and young adult depression, suicide, and suicidal behavior through educational programs and community partnerships. All services are provided in the Hampton Roads community. 
For more information about Lighthouse's mission and programs click here.

Schedule of Events

  • 7:30 am - 9:00 am Race Registration
  • 9:00 am 5k Run/Walk Start
  • 9:15 am 1 Mile Memory Walk Start
  • 10:15 am Kids Nautical Mile Fun Run
  • 9:30 am - 1 pm Beacon of Hope Family Fest (live entertainment, food from local vendors, and lots of great family activities!)

Beacon of Hope 5k Run/Walk

This race begins at 24th Street Park and follows the board walk along the oceanfront for a beautiful run ending once again at 24th Street Park. The course is scenic and enjoyable for novice and experienced racers. Race as an individual or form a team and run with friends and family. Come early on race day to beat the registration crowd!

1 Mile Memory Walk

Those who have been personally touched by suicide and/or depression are invited to join us in a 1 Mile Memory Walk Share with others, and support local efforts to promote education and awareness about teen depression and suicide. Participants are invited to bring a copy of a photo (no originals please) to post on the memory wall at the race.

Kids Nautical Mile Fun Run (1.15 Miles)

Following the 5K race, children (ages 12 & under) will be invited to Navigate their Strengths by running in our Nautical Mile! All participants MUST register and will receive a bib to run. Parents are welcome to run with their child at no additional cost. All finishers will receive a medal and a cotton race t-shirt to decorate at the Post-Race Celebration.

Family Fest

Join us for our Post-Race Celebration featuring LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, local FOOD TRUCKS,and a HEALTH EXPO featuring our community's resources eager to share their secrets for health and wellness success. We will have plenty of FUN & GAMES for the kids to enjoy too! Wristbands for kids activities will be sold for $5 each and will include bounce house admission, games, face-painting, entry to the obstacle course, and t-shirt decorating.

Registration Information

Register Early!

Tech shirts guaranteed to all ADULT race participants registered by May 1st, 2016! (sizes based on availability) **Child Registration includes cotton race t-shirt.

Online Registration closes Thursday, May 12th at midnight

On-site registration opens at 7:30am on Sunday, May 15th