The Esperanza 5K, first held in 2010, is a fun family event in the heart of Plano. Hosted by Custer Road United Methodist Church, a leading congregation of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Esperanza event supports families struggling with violence and extreme poverty in northern Mexico. Esperanza supports Juntos Servimos and its efforts to bring physical and spiritual wholeness. It provides the north Texas community an opportunity to respond with hope and compassion to a situation may seem hopeless, all in the context of an event that builds families and community here in Plano.
What is the course like?
The 5K is a USATF Certified Course. It begins and ends on Custer Road Corner, the southeast corner of Legacy and Custer Roads in Plano. It is a fast, flat route that is great for runners who want to set personal records, as well as beginners or anyone who just wants the exercise.
Will the 5K be chip timed?
Yes, and there is no need to turn in your race chip at the finish line.
Will the Eggsperanza Color Fun Run be timed?
No. The Eggsperanza Color Fun Run is just that – a 1-mile scamper with souvenir sunglasses and event t-shirt for registered participants and showers of spring colors at the start and finish.
Can I walk?
Sure! Walkers are welcome in both the 5K Run and the Eggsperanza Color Fun Run. As a courtesy to those who will be running competitively in the Esperanza 5K, we do ask the walkers to line up in the back.
Can I win an award?
Yes! The first 400 finishers in the 5K Run and the first 100 finishers in the Eggsperanza Color Fun Run will receive a ceramic medal handpainted by the Custer Road UMC Mission Possible Kids. Overall winners in the 5K Run receive Luke’s Locker’s gift cards. Awards will also be given to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13 – 19, 20- 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.
Can my dog participate?
We love our canine friends, but they are not permitted.
Can children participate?
Absolutely! Not only can they, we hope they will! Young people under age 18 can register at a reduced rate. Children can take part in the 5K Run depending upon their abilities, and recognition will be given in two age categories: 12-years old and younger and 13 – 19 years old. The Eggsperanza Color Fun Run is designed for children. It is suitable for even the youngest children if accompanied by a parent.
Are strollers permitted?
Yes, strollers and baby joggers are welcome, but we ask that participants in the Esperanza 5K event to line up behind the runners who are racing competitively.
Where can I pick up my race bib and timing chip?
Packet pickup is Thursday and Friday, April 6th and 7th at Luke’s Locker Plano (The Shops at Legacy) during regular store hours, and at the event on race day.
Can I register on race day?
Yes. Registration will be available onsite on race day starting at 7 AM.
Are there activities for children beyond the race?
Yes!!! This is a family event! The Eggsperanza Festival begins at 9:00 AM, with complimentary breakfast tacos, bounce houses, face painting, Daisy the Clown, balloon animals, cascarones (confetti-filled eggs), petting zoo, Easter Egg hunt and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!
Where will the Eggsperanza Festival be Held?
The Eggsperanza Festival will be held at Custer Road Corner, the large area on the SE corner of Custer Road and Legacy, a short walk up Custer Road from the church.
Will there be child care at the Esperanza 5K Run?
No. Adult volunteers will supervise the children’s area, but will not provide childcare. Please plan to stay with your children at these activities.
Will there be water stations?
We have water stations on the 5K course and there will also be bottled water at the finish line.
Will there be any food available?
Yes. We will have complimentary coffee and breakfast tacos in the Family Fun Festival area.
Where should I park?
Parking is available in the lot across Custer Road from the Church, on the SE corner of Legacy and Custer Road, and on the NW corner of Legacy and Custer Road at the Larry D. Guinn Special Events Center.
What is your refund policy?
Due to the charitable nature of the event, all entries are final and no refunds will be issued.
Do you need volunteers?
We need over 250 volunteers to help with this year’s run. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Wagner, our Volunteer Coordinator, at Esperanza5KVolunteers@gmail.com
Can I donate to the Esperanza 5K?
We are very appreciative of individuals, families, organizations and business that make personal donations to provide healthcare, education and shelter to the families of northern Mexico. All personal donations are tax deductible.