UPDATE – March 16, 2020 – Virtual Race

After careful consideration, including the guidelines of public health authorities and with input from community members, Custer Road United Methodist Church has regretfully determined to cancel all group activities at its campus through at least April 3rd. Unfortunately, this includes the Esperanza 5K that was to be held on Saturday, March 28. While we are sad to cancel the in-person event, we are excited to announce that the 2020 Esperanza 5K will now be a virtual race. What is a virtual race? A virtual race allows you to walk or run a 5K or 1-mile in your own neighborhood and share your results online with the Esperanza community. Join us between March 28 and April 4 to complete a 5K or 1 mile. Share your accomplishment on the Esperanza 5K Facebook page, on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #esperanza5k. The hand painted Esperanza medals so many of us have come to love (and collect) will be awarded to all finishers who post, just as if we ran the race together. We will email after the virtual Esperanza concludes to let finishers know medal pick-up details.

As always, all proceeds support Juntos Servimos and the Casa Bugambilia Center in Matamoros, Mexico. These are challenging times for everyone. Our friends at Casa Bugambilia continue to provide a compassionate response to medically fragile residents as well as the more than 50 refugee guests. Like us, they are now facing the added challenge of Covid-19. Your support, by participating in Esperanza and through donations is needed now more than ever.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Why Esperanza?

The Esperanza 5K, first held in 2009, 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 course begins and ends in front of Custer Road UMC. 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 Fun Run be timed?
No. The Fun Run is just that – a 1-mile scamper with event t-shirt for registered participants and collectible ceramic medal for finishers

Can I walk?
Sure! Walkers are welcome in both the 5K Run and the Eggsperanza 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 Fun Run will receive a ceramic medal handpainted by the Custer Road Kids on a Mission. Awards will 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 1-Mile Family 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, March 26th and 27th at Custer Road UMC from 10 AM – 6 PM, 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 Esperanza Family Fun Festival begins at 8:00 AM, with complimentary breakfast tacos and bounce houses.

Where will the Esperanza Family Fun Festival be Held?
The Esperanza Family Fun Festival will be held in front of the church, at 6601 Custer Road

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 Esperanza Family Fun Festival area.

Where should I park?
Parking is available in the lot across Custer Road from the church, in the lot north of the church and, if necessary,  at the SE corner of Legacy and Custer Road.

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?
Yes! We need many volunteers to help with this year’s run. If you are interested, you can look at the opportunities and sign up here.

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.