Sunday, April 7th 2019

This year marks our 8th annual Sozo Children Run for a Reason!

100% of the proceeds raised will be used to support the mission of Sozo Children in Uganda, Africa. 


$35 / Runner

This race will be a 5K (A USATF-certified course) through the heart of Avondale.

 This event is a fun, family friendly experience; runners & walkers of all ages, strollers and dogs are welcome. Food truck & vendors, free donuts, corn hole & inflatables for the kids!

early Packet pick up


10:00 am - 4pm - Early Packet Pickup
Sozo Trading Co. 
4 41st Street S. 

race day!


1:00 pm - Runner Packet Pickup
3:00 pm - 5K Begins
4:00 pm  -  Awards

Our Reason

We operate multiple children's homes in Uganda, providing care for over 120 children. Through a continuum of care provided by a team of Ugandan care-givers, the children of Sozo are loved, nurtured, and equipped with proper nutrition, healthcare, quality education, spiritual development and life skills to impact positive change in their communities and Ugandan society.


We are thrilled you are joining our mission by running in April and we would also like to ask: What’s your reason?   Let us know by using the hash tag: #myreason as you help us promote this event on social media leading up to the run. Tag @sozochildren on social media. 



5K run/walk (chip time):  $35.00 + processing fee

5K run for a specific child(chip time):  $45.00  + processing fee

5K Walk-up Registration:  $45.00

Run your own 5K "out-of-towner": $30.00 (see below registration) 

These funds cover the costs of the race and are used to continue the care for vulnerable and neglected children in Uganda. 

Includes: Race entry, Race T-shirt and a Sunday you won't forget. 

5K Race Start & END Location

A USATF-certified course

Sozo Trading Company | 4 41st Street South | Birmingham, Al 35222


Parking is available on the Avondale streets. Last year we had problems with the train blocking many people, so we advise everyone NOT to come from 1st Ave N. We suggest you take 3rd/4th Ave exit from Hwy31/280. The train will most likey be there and we do not want you to be late to the race.  

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The race is not only in Alabama, but sweeping across the nation.

For those who are out-of-town and can't make the event, you can still register, map and run your own 5K in your own city on race day to raise awareness for vulnerable children. We will send you a t-shirt and ask you to post a picture with #myreason to show your reason and support of Sozo Children. Don't forget to tag us! Let's highlight the whole map!

A $30 race entry puts you into the race across the nation and we will send you a race t-shirt!


Become the hero of this event and help it happen!

The 8th Annual Run for a Reason is in search of community partners who want to support the goals of the event and also take advantage of this outstanding promotional opportunity. This event provides meaningful investment for sponsors and donors. We are expecting as many as 400 participants from competitive athletes to fun runners and young children in attendance.

You are invited to take advantage of this exceptional advertising and promotional opportunity as a sponsor participant. Expose your business through website exposure, email marketing, t-shirts, banners, and much more by sponsoring the 2019 Run for a Reason.

Please consider joining with us to make this worthwhile community event a success. 

For more details please contact Amanda Straka at

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