This year, RMHC of Greater Chattanooga is hosting a 5k Run & Walk for our families and friends! Join us Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at Camp Jordan for the RUN4KIDS.


Over the years, our House has served thousands of families and seen almost 30 years of tears, laughter, sorrow, joy, love and compassion. We want the Run4Kids to be a celebration of the many RMHC families that have stayed close to their sick children in the hospital.

Gather your RMHC spirit gear! Invite your family and friends to create team spirit in honor or memory of a loved one. Team t-shirts & outfits are a great way to be entered to win a prize and represent a group gathering to help raise funds at the RMHC Run4Kids!


Attendees can expect a fun, family-friendly event with timed and untimed race experiences as well as activities for children of all ages.

**Children 5 yrs & up must pay to participate in the walk or run.

Create a fundraising page:

Help us raise funds for the Run4Kids! This is a great way to help us support RMHC families and spread the word about the run. You can also create and gather donations in honor or memory of a loved one. Setup your personal fundraising page today! Please contact Sarah Griffith for more information.

Prizes for those who KNOCK OUR SOCKS OFF:

There will be awesome prizes for the team & participant(s) that KNOCK OUR SOCKS OFF with the best look!

The top two Teams or Participants to raise the most money will win either a Lake Winnie 2020 Season Pass for 4 OR a 3 Month Family Pass to the YMCA! The Teams and Participants who KNOCKS OUR SOCKS OFF with their team gear (t-shirts &/or outfits) will be in the running for Splitz Alley Family passes! We can’t wait to see your team outfits and creativity in getting dressed up for the RMHC Run4Kids!

The History behind the Run:

Since 1979, the Karen Lawrence Run has been held on New Year’s Eve in Chattanooga hosted by the downtown Sportsbarn. Karen Lawrence, at the age of 11 and having battled acute lymphocytic leukemia for the past year and a half, started the first race.  Less than 3 months later Karen lost her battle, and the Lawrence Family has proudly been carrying on the tradition since.  It is in her honor and with her courage of conviction that family, friends and scores of volunteers and supporters have given of their time, talent and resources to keep this event going year to year.

“Before she lost her battle with leukemia, Karen asked us to continue helping sick kids,” shared Phyllis Lawrence, Karen’s mother.  “Our family has honored that request for 40 years by both raising funds and volunteering for causes near to her heart and ours.  We are excited to continue her legacy with the Run4Kids in Memory of Karen Lawrence, a run and walk with events for everyone from the avid runner to the family who walks together.”

In 2014 the Lawrence family named Ronald McDonald House Charites of Greater Chattanooga as the sole beneficiary of the event. The Ronald McDonald House keeps families of critically-ill children together and allows for them to fully participate in their child’s medical care, so it is fitting that a family so dedicated to causes such as these would continue in Karen’s legacy.