As part of our celebration of 100 years of service in Northwest Louisiana, United Way presents the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K.  We encourage runners and walkers to participate in this virtual race with a purpose! Register to run or walk your individualized 5K course with the option to join a corporate team or form a team of your own.


This event allows you, friends, family members, and colleagues to get active while making a difference in our community, no matter where you live.  You get to be the decision-maker of where you would like your journey to begin and end. Your course can take you through your neighborhood, past a body of water, in front of your favorite local business, or through your favorite park. The top three runners with the best times in each age/gender division will be recognized and awarded.


Give Back to our Community

United Way of Northwest Louisiana fights for the health, education, financial stability and essential needs of every person in Northwest Louisiana. Locally, United Way manages Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, 211, the Financial Empowerment Center, and SingleCare, formerly known as FamilyWize.


Prize Opportunities for Participants

We would like to acknowledge and award our top 3 runners in their age/gender division, as well as our young runners.

  • Cash prizes for top finishers in each gender and age division
  • Commemorative medals to the top three finishers in each gender and age division
  • All participants age 10 and younger will receive a commemorative medal
  • The corporate team with the most participants will receive social media acknowledgment and be featured on a digital billboard for 30 days.


This virtual event is open to individuals of all ages! The age divisions are as follows
• Male: 11-18, 19-30, 31-42, 43-54, 55 and over
• Female: : 11-18, 19-30, 31-42, 43-54, 55 and over


    Race Date

    The race begins Saturday, June 5th starting at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. Join us as we #Celebrate100 and #Run4NWLA

    Registration Deadlines

    Register by May 26th and receive a #Run4NWLA SWAG Bag. Registration will remain open until June 5th, but SWAG Bags will not be included.


    SWAG Bag Pick-Up & Pre-Game

    Curbside SWAG bag pick-up for this race will be located in the parking lot in front of 820 Jordan St, Shreveport, LA 71101 on Friday, June 4th, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Bring your smiles and appetite as you prepare for the pre-game! Music, food trucks, and a photo booth will be onsite for you and your teammates to enjoy.


    Course Limits

    To be considered for awards, the 5K course limit is 1 hour. To finish within these time limits, runners and walkers must maintain a pace of approximately 20 minutes per mile. Official finishing times are recorded through 1 hour.


    Certifying Your Run Time

    To be considered for awards, you will need to submit your race time results on RunSignup.com. Navigate to the menu bar on the website, and look for the “Results” tab. This is where you will submit your race timeParticipants must also send a photo of their timer with their time to katie@unitedwaynwla.com for verification.  

    Feel free to use your preferred tracker; however, below are our top free mobile app recommendations. 

    • RunKeeper 
    • MapMyRun 
    • Nike+ Run Club 
    • Strava 
    • Runtastic 

    To be considered for an award, all running times must be submitted by 5:00PM(CST) on race day on RunSignup.com.


    Registration Fee

    The registration fee for the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K covers one race day t-shirt and race bib.


    When registering for the United From Home Fun Run & 5K, individuals can choose from two different entry levels. 

    The items you receive in your SWAG bag will be based on the entry level chosen. The entry levels are as follows: 


    • LIVE UNITED t-shirt
    • Race Day Bib

    Sign me up!


    • LIVE UNITED t-shirt
    • Race Day Bib
    • United Way Swag Bag
      • United Way Outdoor Wellness Set
      • United Way Huggle Bandanna
      • United Way Earbuds
      • United Way Touch Tool
      • United Way Water Bottle


    $20.00 ENTRY LEVEL

    • Race Day Bib
    • Child’s choice of a United Way Coloring Book, Sidewalk Chalk, Flying Disc, and Pencil
    • Participation Medal
    • Send in a photo of your child to paige@unitedwaynwla.org on race day, and they will be featured on the “Kids Corner” page on our website.



    Discount code will be provided.

    • LIVE UNITED t-shirt
    • Race Day Bib
    • United Way Swag Bag
      • Contents determined by individual’s entry level choice

    Teams of 20+ are eligible to purchase “The Pacestter” Group package that allows a group of 20 to sign up for the discounted rate of $1,800 with all individuals receiving Level Up Club benefits.



    Want to make an even larger impact? Level up your registration fee by joining the Level-Up Club and receive a fully loaded SWAG bag along with your t-shirt and race bib. By joining the Level-Up Club racers will increase their impact on our community. Additional proceeds raised from Level-Up Club registrations will benefit local children across Northwest Louisiana. Each Level-Up Club registration will sponsor an at-home library for a child from birth to age five through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL).

    Local data demonstrates that only fifty-two percent of children in Northwest Louisiana enter kindergarten prepared. DPIL is helping our community’s youngest children foster a love for reading and prepare them for kindergarten success at zero cost to the child’s family because of supporters like you!

    As a Level Up Club member, your name and company will be featured on our website and included in a special “Thank You” social media post following the race.


    The Kid’s Corner

    Send in a photo of your child to paige@unitedwaynwla.org on race day, and they will be featured on the “Kids Corner” page on our website. 

    Show Us Your Spirit

    For this event we would like for you to show us your spirit before and during the race! Share with us how you are getting prepared and training for the impactful day on social media. Furthermore, show us your spirit by wearing your most fun, festive, and comfortable running gear. Take photos and videos during your run or walk and let us know how it’s going. Share your progress on social media and be sure to tag us (@unitedwaynwla), and use hashtags #Celebrate100 and #Run4NWLA.



    See how we’re preparing for the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K in the video below!


    By participating in the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K, you are having a positive impact on our community. Get ready to double knot your laces, hydrate, and #Run4NWLA! We thank you for your support!

    Company teams of 10 or more are eligible for a 10% off entry fee discount. Please contact Events Manager, Katie Bursley, at katie@unitedwaynwla.org to inquire or answer any questions regarding the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K.

    Register for the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K today!



    Looking for a triple win? Your sponsorship of the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K is a win for you, our organization, and most importantly our COMMUNITY. If you or your company would like to sponsor the #Run4NWLA Virtual Fun Run & 5K, please contact Carly Koen, at carly@unitedwaynwla.org