Garden Of Life Hosts 5K Sun Run Challenge And Community Event To Benefit Special Olympics

May 27, 2016 9:20 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Garden of Life®, the #1 selling whole food supplements brand in the Natural Products Industry with headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, is inviting runners and walkers of all ages to its inaugural Sun Run 5K Challenge. The fun-filled community event is slated for Saturday, June 4 at PGA National on the scenic Champion Course, home of the PGA Tour’s famous Honda Classic. Everyone attending will receive free coffee at registration, a goody bag valued at $300, and a chance to win a brand new Honda® Fit car valued at $20,000. Garden of Life ( President Brian Ray said that a portion of the proceeds from race registration fees will benefit Special Olympics Florida – Palm Beach County.

“We’ve been long-time supporters of Special Olympics and their mission to embolden athletes with intellectual challenges,” said Ray. “When we moved to our new headquarters last year, we decided we wanted to do something meaningful for Special Olympics and the community. Our company employs more than 250 people from this area, so the Sun Run 5K is an opportunity for us to let everyone know we care about empowering extraordinary health here at home, as well as the rest of the world.”

Race day registration begins at 6 a.m. at PGA National or participants can register in advance online at Registration is $35 for the 5K Elite Heat and Adults, and $30 for Seniors and Students (18 and under). The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and all registered runners will receive a Sun Run 5K T-shirt, a Garden of Life goody bag, a personalized race bib and post-race breakfast. The Top Male and Top Female Finisher will each receive a $2,500 cash prize and all finishers will receive a medal and a chance to win the Honda Fit car through a random drawing (terms and conditions apply).

Immediately following the Sun Run, the fastest crawlers in South Florida will compete in the Garden of Life Diaper Derby at 9 a.m. for a $250 cash prize. Billed as the “Slowest Two Minutes in Sports,” babies will race across the mat while parents bribe them with toys or treats to rush to the finish line. The entry fee for the Diaper Derby is $10 at the race or online, and all parents registering crawlers will receive a special goody bag with gifts and offers for families.

Rich Fleming, Director of Special Olympics Palm Beach County, said he was appreciative of Garden of Life’s ongoing support over the years as well as hosting the Sun Run 5K to benefit the organization.

“We’re looking forward to an inspiring, memorable day at the Sun Run,” said Fleming. “We are grateful to Garden of Life for their generous commitment to Special Olympics and to everyone planning to attend. We’re encouraging everyone to spread the word to their friends and neighbors because there’s still time to sign up for the race, cheer for others at the finish line, and possibly win the keys to a new car.”

About Garden of Life

Garden of Life, L.L.C. is the recognized leader and innovator in whole food, science-based, Certified USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition. Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the company offers more than 250 branded supplements that help people achieve extraordinary health. For more information about Garden of Life products, visit


About Special Olympics Florida

The mission of Special Olympics-Palm Beach County is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for people eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community. For more information, all 561-966-7019 or email

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