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Join us in st. Paul or virtually

The 2nd Annual Brave Like Gabe 5k


We hope you’ll join us for the second running of the Brave Like Gabe 5k! 100% of funds received through registration from the Brave Like Gabe Virtual and St. Paul 5K will go toward funding a rare cancer research grant. Last year’s inaugural event raised $59,025 for life-saving cancer research through a grant made to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation. With your help, we hope to make a similar impact this year! We will be running on hope in St. Paul, MN on Sunday, May 5th but we are so appreciative of our virtual participants all around the US and world.

In 2018 we successfully completed the ‘1224 Campaign’ — and we are bringing it back again in 2019. On average there are 1224 new ACC diagnoses in the US each year. In 2009, Gabe was one of the 1224. This year, there will be a whole new group of patients starting to navigate this serious disease. We hope to show — again — how powerful a group of 1224 can be as we run or walk in support of each new diagnosis and fund a research grant that will brighten the future for these patients and their families.

Last year our races combined accommodated about ~1500 runners and we are aiming for a similar number this year! You can follow our progress below and on social media.



1,224+ / 1,224

REGISTERED RUNNERS - Virtual registration currently closed


The Brave Like Gabe Foundation believes it takes bravery to make a positive difference in the world, as well as a strong community.

And with you on our team, we can all be Brave Like Gabe and help make a difference in the lives of these patients and their loved ones.

The in-person Brave Like Gabe 5K is taking place in St. Paul, MN on May 5, but for those who want to join the cause and participate from afar, you can be part of the action through our Virtual 5K. Once signed-up, your race kit will be mailed to you in May and you will receive instructions for how to run from anywhere in the world. Walkers are always welcome, too!





Race details


May 5








St. Paul 5k

The 5k route will take you around the beautiful Lake Como in St. Paul, Minnesota (right across the river from Minneapolis). The course is relatively flat, with about 71ft of total elevation gain. The post-race activities will also be hosted in Como Regional Park

Race kit includes:

  • Premium cotton/poly limited edition race t-shirt

  • Custom race bib

  • Post-race samples and swag from our sponsors


Virtual race

Can't join us in Minnesota this year? You can still participate in the race virtually!

Your race kit will be mailed to you and you'll receive instructions for how to run the Brave Like Gabe 5k from anywhere in the world. 

Race kit includes:

  • Premium cotton/poly limited edition race t-shirt

  • Custom race bib

  • Swag from our sponsors


  • Complete your dedicated run by June 2, National Cancer Survivors Day

  • Post your run on social media with hashtags, #bravelikegabe5k2019, #bravelikegabe5k, or #1224campaign

  • Instructions for how to join the Strava Challenge for Brave Like Gabe Virtual 5k will be posted in April. Window for the Strava Leaderboard for the 5k is May 5 - May 12.



8:00am-9:00am: Pick up your race packet or register in person. All paid participants will receive a premium cotton/poly t-shirt commemorating the 2nd annual race. 

Location: Como Picnic Pavilions, 1199 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55103

Parking: East Picnic Lot and nearby street parking

8:45am: Kids warm-up with Olympian Mechelle Freeman

9:00am: Kids run begins!

9:30am: 5k race begins!

10:00am-12:00pm: Awards and post-race festivities begin -- near the start & finish line at the Como Picnic Pavilions! We'll have running- and fitness-related resource tables, refreshing beverages from Lake State Kombucha, music, fun photo opps, JonnyPops, yoga with Lee Hersh of Fit Foodie Finds, coffee, donuts, and more! Gather around the Pavilion and you'll see us.


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