The 7th annual Sozo Children Run for a Reason is planned for Saturday, April 7th 2018.  The theme of this event is “Run for a Reason.”  100% of the proceeds raised will be used to support the mission of Sozo Children in Uganda, East Africa. 


This race will be a 5K through the heart of Avondale.

It will incorporate thriving 41st street, Avondale Park, food trucks & vendors. This event is a fun, family friendly experience; runners & walkers of all ages, strollers and dogs are welcome.

APRIL 7, 2018
8:00 am - Runner Packet Pickup
9:00 am - 5K Begins
10:00 am  -  Awards


10:30 am - Join us for a special performance by the Sozo Children's Choir and enjoy local food trucks.


Online registration ends April 6th at 5PM.  If you miss the deadline we will be taking walk up registrations starting April 7th at 8:00 AM at Sozo Trading Co. 4 41st Street S. Registration increases to $45 day of race.

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Our Reason

In 2015, we purchased 28 acres of land in Kampala, Uganda to begin construction of “the Sozo Village” which will consist of 15 children’s homes, a church, medical clinic and school. Funds raised at this event will go towards this project and these children.


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 (chip time):  $35.00 + $2.50 processing fee

5K run for a specific child(chip time):  $45.00  + $2.50 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 Saturday you won't forget. 

5K Race Start & END Location

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


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! The states highlighted in orange are where a runner is committed to run! 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!

COMPANY Race Sponsors

Become the hero of this event and help it happen!

The 7th 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 highly publicized signature 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 2018 Run for a Reason.

Please consider joining with us to make this worthwhile community event a success. Please submit the enclosed Sponsorship Letter of Agreement by March 10th, 2018 to make sure you reach our press deadline. 



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Shoes for the Shoeless

A shoe collection will also take place before and after the run. The shoes will be used to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty in the villages near Sozo Children. 



Have questions? Reach out to us! 
Amanda Straka – amanda@sozochildren.org