Date ArticleType
4/29/2016 St. Pete News
Don’t Worry, Be Hippie!

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Chris Ward, Goodwill-Suncoast, 727-450-5211

Don’t Worry, Be Hippie!
Run wild and free at Goodwill’s Hippie Dash 5K & Flower Child Fun Run

In 1969, Woodstock was an iconic cultural event billed as 3 Days of Peace & Music. Now Goodwill-Suncoast is bringing back some of that groovy vibe in the form of its Hippie Dash 5K, 3.1 Miles of Peace, Love & Goodwill. The event includes a Flower Child Fun Run for little hippies, and a laid-back one-mile Walk, Woof & Roll for walkers, dogs and strollers.

It’s all going down Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8 a.m. The groove begins in the heart of Gulfport’s super funky downtown waterfront district at 5500 Shore Boulevard South. A DJ will spin tunes from the counterculture era, and vintage tricked-out VW Bugs will be on display. All runners are encouraged to wear their most far-out threads for a chance to win Best Dressed Dude and Best Dressed Dudette awards. Participants in the Walk, Woof & Roll can dress their dogs up for a chance at a prize too! After the race, participants can hang out, drink free beer, check out the VW’s and wander through Gulfport’s outta sight downtown!

Time is an illusion, but the 5K will be a chip-timed event. All participants will receive a fab T-shirt and a super-cool medal. Awards will be given to the rad first place finishers in each age group. If runners can only be there in spirit, there are virtual options for each race.

Come together right now! Register here:  

All proceeds benefit Goodwill's programs for adults with disabilities and for people with other barriers to self-sufficiency. Can you dig it?

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Founded in St. Petersburg, Fla. in 1954, Goodwill-Suncoast is one of the largest and most effective Goodwill organizations in the world. The organization's successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training centers for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities, and community corrections programs. For more information, visit