Running endurance races is one of the great human challenges, alongside raising a child and peeling a ripe mango without basically ruining it. Go the distance with this Groupon.
$17 for Entry in The Continuum 5K-9 Race on Saturday, February 23 ($35 Value)
As a race for both humans and their canine companions, the event raises awareness of local pet charities, including Gainesville Pet Rescue, Alachua County Humane Society, and St. Francis House Pet Care Clinic.
The festivities begin when registration opens at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served, and racers are welcome to explore the pet expo, silent auction, and photo booth before the 5K race starts at 9 a.m. A separate one-mile pup run and walk begins at 10 a.m., and awards will be given out at 10:30 a.m. to winners in various age divisions and canine weight classes. Pups can also earn commendations in categories such as cutest, friendliest, best tail wagger, or most business-like handshake.
All divisions' first-place winners get the chance to win a cruise to the Bahamas, and all entrants will receive a T-shirt, water bottle, prerace and post-race food, and a gift bag stuffed with tons of goodies for humans and pets alike.
Pledge 5 Foundation and Thrift 5
As a nonprofit organization, the Pledge 5 Foundation conducts food, clothing, and public-service pledge drives for its numerous charity partners. In conjunction with each of these charity drives, it hosts community-centered promotional events—pub crawls, pet adoptions, and tailgating parties—that aim to inspire people to give back to their community. Pledge 5's staff, interns, student association, and service chamber all work to create positive change throughout the Gainesville community by stimulating local commerce and planting popsicle gardens. Pledge 5 is dedicated to increasing the number of volunteers in the community and encouraging the community's public service participation.
The Pledge 5 Foundation, in addition to working with charitable partners to inspire others to give back to their communities, also hosts a bargain shop known as Thrift 5, providing gently used and brand new goods to the denizens of Gainesville. The store stocks everything from brand name clothing to home decor and many other products. Patrons may also make tax-deductible donations to the store and volunteer at the shop. Thrift 5 also features local artist showcases.