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Event Details

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

The Give Me Shelter 5K is one of the final timed races for CrimFit participants before the 2019 CRIM Festival of Races.

7:00 am – Late Registration in the Park
7:00 am – Packet Pick-Up
8:00 am – FREE Kids “Super Hero” Fun Run
8:30 am – 5K Run
8:33 am – 5K Walk
9:00 am – Pancake Breakfast begins
9:30 am – Medal Ceremony

Our scenic course is flat and fast on fully paved roads and trails that wind through the Abernathy Park in Davison.  After the race, please join us for a free pancake breakfast and our medal presentation.

All participants, regardless of finish, will receive a medal at the completion of the race.

Looking to Sponsor GiveMeShelter5k?

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Family Promise is entirely grant and donor funded through contributions from local businesses and individuals who want to help their community grow.

Sponsor Letter and Form 2019

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Quick Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Oh, my goodness, NO!  Even though we are a competitively timed race, we have room on our course for everyone!  Our race is about supporting homeless children and their families.  You will see friends, family, and kiddos out there running to support others in their community! You can run, walk, crawl, or dare we say cartwheel if you wish!

No!  We also accept registrations by mail.

Please download & print the 2019 5K Race Registration Form and mail completed registration form and payment to:
Family Promise of Genesee County
P.O. Box 4519
Flint, MI 48504

Make checks payable to “Family Promise”

Our limited edition, custom t-shirt, and a medal for all participants are included with your paid registration.

Discounted early registration closes on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Online registration closes, August 7, 2019, at 11:59 pm.

However, you can still register in two ways:

  1. Friday, August 9th at Complete Runner, Dort Hwy from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  2. At the course 7:00 am Race Day

The Give Me Shelter 5K winds through the beautiful Jack N. Abernathy Regional Park, 402 S. Dayton St, Davison, MI 48423.

Family Promise of Genesee County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  The Give Me Shelter 5K is a FUNdraising event to support our mission.  To learn more about how we help homeless children and their families click here.

Absolutely!  There are two options for Kids.

We have our “Superhero Fun Run” where costumes are encouraged – that kicks off our event at 8:00 am and an under 18 category for runners or walkers.

For the safety of our runners and animal friends, we only allow registered service animals at our race.

Early packet pickup and registration will be held at Complete Runner on Friday, August 9, 2019, from Noon-6:00 p.m.

Complete Runner is located at 915 S. Dort Highway in Flint.

SAME DAY Race day packet pickup and race registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. at the Abernathy Regional Park, 402 S. Dayton St, Davison, MI 48423.

You bet! Send them with a printed or electronic copy of your confirmation email, so we are sure to give the right bib, t-shirt, and gifts!

Absolutely. We welcome all participants and spectators at our Give Me Shelter 5K.

You are welcome to take pictures during the race – but please be mindful of all competitors.  Our race is a timed event, and we do have serious runners and speed walkers racing against the clock!  Side note, if it rains, we suggest using a protective wrap for all cameras/phones.

Our event is timed by Newton Timing who uses ChronoTrack Live to manage registration and results.

As a non-profit, the logistics of setting up and planning the Give Me Shelter 5K make it impossible to issue refunds if the race is not held.  This is our 6th Annual Event, and we have not canceled it yet! If for some reason, you can’t make it to race day, at least come to the Packet Pick up to receive your free swag and say hi to us!  If you miss picking up in advance, you can contact us at the Day Center and get it there.


The Event takes place rain or shine.

If weather or other unforeseeable conditions are deemed by the Race Director and City Officials to be potentially hazardous to participants and volunteers, the organizers reserve the right to postpone the start time or cancel the event outright.

If it is necessary to cancel the event, it will be determined before the start of the race.  There will be no refunds or deferrals for weather cancellation.

*There are no refunds*

We are a timed event and registrations are non-transferable. Bibs are assigned to each registrant by gender and age.

If you have an ADA need, please contact us.

Online Form

Phone: 810.234.9444

Results will be posted continuously during the event for review. Final results will be posted promptly after the event.

2018 5K Run and Walk

2017:  5K Run and Walk

2016:  5K Run | 5K Walk

2015:  5K Run | 5K Walk

2014:  Searchable

A little rain won’t stop our Give Me Shelter 5K! If there are major weather warnings in Genesee County during the weekend of the event, check the event webpage, Facebook page and stay tuned for emails with updates.

If severe weather does threaten the event, we have prepared some weather cancellation policies and guidelines. Click here to learn more.

Give Me Shelter 5K participant safety is important to us!  If any of the threatening weather conditions listed below are present the day of the event, the event may be delayed or canceled. When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to participants, The Give Me Shelter 5K Run officials reserve the right to cancel the event. Less threatening conditions may cause alterations of the course or the post-event festivities to ensure participant, volunteer, and community safety. Such conditions fall under the label “Acts of God,” and will not result in refunding of any race entry fees or future event credits.

Threatening Weather Conditions

The Give Me Shelter 5K may be canceled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist:

Tornado Warning

Tornado Watch


“Heavy” Rain

Snowmageddon – it is Michigan – it could happen!

other major weather conditions

The Race Director, along with the city and the local law enforcement, has the authority to cancel the event. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the event, no refunds can be provided.

In the event of cancellation, all registered participants will receive an email with information on how they can still receive their race packet.

If Event is canceled more than 24 hours before the start time, we will notify all participants by email.

If Event is canceled less than 24 hours before the start time: We will notify all participants by email. We will also send a text to all participants who agreed to receive notification text messages during the registration process.

If Event is canceled during the actual event, on-course volunteers will be notified and participants will be directed to seek appropriate shelter. In addition, on-site notification will be posted.

Awesome – we love our sponsors! Family Promise is entirely grant and donor funded through contributions from local businesses and individuals who want to help their community grow.  2019 Sponsor Letter and Form

Please contact us and we will get back to you with an answer.

Online Form

Phone: 810.234.9444

Our 5k Race Course

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Scenic course is flat and fast on fully paved roads and trails that wind through the Regional Park.

Facilities: No showers or changing facilities.

Free Day Pass at Lake Callis Dash-n-Splash Pad

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