Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dash And Then Dine At The 5K And Pig Roast On March 21

By 5K Pro Bono River Run Committee

The countdown has begun for the Seventh Annual HCBA 5k Pro Bono River Run on Saturday, March 21! Get ready for a fantastic family-friendly event. The event has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years and will be open to the first 350 people who register.  

The River Run is well-suited for everyone from casual walkers to elite runners, featuring professional chip timing, a USTAF-certified course, a water station, and the glorious Hillsborough River! Race day check-in begins at 4 p.m. at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, and the race begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Check-in will also be available at the Ferguson Law Center on from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 20. You can register for the 2015 River Run through the HCBA website. Early registration for the race will end March 5. The early registration fee is $35 for adults and $15 for youths (ages 12 and younger).

More importantly, we hope to better the 1,672 pro bono service hours that were pledged last year. Pro bono service is at the heart of this race and provides a tremendous service to the many people in our community who do not have the funds needed to obtain legal representation.  In addition to runners who are pledging hours, we are hoping to get others in our legal profession to support the race by pledging their own pro bono hours on behalf of a runner. This gives everyone a great opportunity to support the race in a very meaningful way, even if running 3.1 miles is not high on your “to-do” list.   

After the River Run, please stay for the Judicial Pig Roast/Food Festival on the grounds of Stetson University’s Tampa Law Center. You can expect to enjoy delicious food, an abundance of fun, and even a little dancing. The Pig Roast is free for HCBA members and their families.  

Not a runner or walker? You can still get involved by volunteering or sponsoring the event. Last year, we had more than 60 volunteers. Please contact Laura Westerman Tanner at if you are interested in volunteering. You can sponsor the River Run or the Pig Roast through a financial contribution or an in-kind donation for the goody bags. If you wish to be a sponsor, please visit the HCBA website for a form or contact Corrie Benfield at or (813) 221-7779.

So, grab your sneakers and come on downtown for an exciting race, a fun afternoon, and a chance to support pro bono legal services! We hope to see you there!