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About the Race

SFAC 5K is Ishan Gala Foundation’s signature event that really kicked off fundraising for IGF in 2009. Before the event became a 5K in 2015, the event was an evening pool party full of fun, food, and community. The event takes place near Ishan’s Birthday (August 28th) to honor him and is water themed because the pool was his favorite place to be. Splash is a chance to celebrate Ishan's life, those that have joined him in gaining their wings, survivors and those currently fighting.


 After the 5K race, participants will have entry to the Splash Party to enjoy runner snacks, a giant water slide--not just for kids but adults too--, crafts, games, music and a raffle.

The SPLASH PARTY has tickets available for purchase

for those who do not wish to to do the 5K


We will be at Darden Towe Park, and the course will mostly be on the trial along the river for a beautiful scenic run or walk!


Our friends at the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Department will be spraying water over the finish line for a nice cool down.

We hope to see you there!


September 7th 2024

Gates Open at 7am

Race starts at 8am


Darden Towe Park

Virtual option available


Coming Soon


If you are unable to participate in the virtual 5K, you may still make a donation for the event!


Thank you for your support!


Because we are virtual this year we will not need day of volunteers. If you would like to help next year, please complete our general volunteer form to added to the list!

2024 Sign-up coming in Spring


We are seeking sponsors for this event for 2023. By being a sponsor you are making a HUGE difference in the lives of fighting families. Contact Ashley at

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