Latinos Run Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Hybrid 5K Event
Maria Solis Belizaire founded Latinos Run in 2016 in New York City. What began as a group run with 16 people grew into a national movement that serves over 25,000 people across the country today.
Solis Belizaire says that Latinos Run provides a safe space for the Latino community and keeps members motivated. Their biggest event of the year is the Hispanic Heritage Month 5K.
“This event helps bring people back to why they love running,” Solis Belizaire says. “It reminds them not just of their love of sport, but it also caters to our community and our culture. It’s an important time because of so many Latin American countries that celebrate their independence during this month.”
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15 each year.
For the 2021 5K, Latinos Run teamed up with Fleet Feet and On Running to host a hybrid event. Whether you’re celebrating your own culture or that of a Hispanic neighbor or friend, all are welcome and encouraged to join!
How does the hybrid 5K work?
Sign up to complete a solo run or join in with a group fun run event. You just have to run a 5K any time between September 15 and October 17 and record your own time. Upload your 5K results before the deadline of October 18 at 11:59 pm ET (results cannot be accepted after this time).
Want to run with a group?
Click here for a list of in-person runs hosted by Fleet Feet stores and Latinos Run chapters around the US.
Ready to sign up?
The run is free, with the option to purchase a medal, t-shirt, mask and other commemorative swag. Plus, you can enter to win footwear and apparel from On.
Why join the run?
If you’re ready to breathe some fresh motivation into your running routine, celebrate Hispanic Heritage and connect with a diverse and welcoming community, this event is for you.
Solis Belizaire says her favorite thing about the Latinos Run community is the diverse group it brings out and the way participants share their culture.
“We’re so different,” she says. “We’re all Latino but we’re extremely diverse. We all get to experience new cultures that we’re not from. You meet these people, you share their journey with them. It’s exciting.”
A family experience
The Latinos Run community is like a big family that continues to grow. “We encourage and inspire each other,” Solis Belizaire says. “Many people bring their kids out to runs and the kids meet each other. What we do echoes through generations, because the members that come don’t just inspire each other, but also their kids, and even the grandparents.”
Solis Belizaire says that with Latinos Run events, families and friends are more empowered to run together instead of on their own.
Join and Follow Latinos Run
Latinos Run has active online communities and chapters across the country. Learn more about how to join a group run or retreat throughout the year.