Beacon of Hope 5k

Sun May 17, 2020 Directions
We regret that we have made the decision to cancel this year's Beacon of Hope 5k

We have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Beacon of Hope 5k.  We thank you for your support and encourage you to join us next year for our biggest and best Beacon of Hope yet!  If you would like to support I Need A Lighthouse directly please visit

Race Website
24th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

We regret that we had have had to cancel the 2020 Beacon of Hope 5k.  We encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines and stay safe and well during this pandemic.  We look forward to planning our best Beacon of Hope yet in 2020.  If you would like to support I Need A Lighthouse directly, please visit their website at


Beacon of Hope 5k Run/Walk 
LOCATION: 24th Street Park (Virginia Beach Oceanfront)

The Beacon of Hope 5k Run/Walk is held annually at the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
All proceeds from the race support the programs of I Need A Lighthouse, Inc.

The mission of I Need A Lighthouse, Inc. is to significantly reduce the loss and suffering from teen and young adult depression, suicide, and suicidal behavior through educational programs and community partnerships. All services are provided in the Hampton Roads community. 
For more information about Lighthouse's mission and programs click here.

Race Contact Info

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Beacon of Hope 5k Run/Walk
This race begins at 24th Street Park and follows the board walk along the oceanfront for a beautiful run ending once again at 24th Street Park. The course is scenic and enjoyable for novice and experienced racers. Race as an individual or form a team and run with friends and family. Come early on race day to beat the registration crowd!  All finishers will receive a medal and a t-shirt* (*guaranteed for all participants registered by May 1, 2019). 

Virtual Run
Unable to join us for the walk/run in person?  You can still support the Beacon of Hope 5k by registering for our virtual run/walk.  Run or walk wherever you are and we will send you a finisher medal and t-shirt to thank you for your support. 

Remembrance Wall
If you are walking in honor or memory of a loved one, feel free to bring a photo to hang on our remembrance wall.  *please bring copies of pictures, no original pictures in case of damage due to weather. 

After Party at Ocean 27
Join us after the race for music, corn hole, Jenga, and more at Ocean 27!  Every racer will receive a beer ticket* or soda (*with ID).  Bid on fantastic items at our silent auction,  and order delicious food from the Ocean 27 menu.

Registration Information

Early Bird Registration
October 7, 2019 - November 15, 2019
Individual 5k - $40
Student/Military/Senior5k  - $35
Child (6-12) 5k Run/Walk $25
Virtual 5k - $40
Regular Registration
November 16, 2019 - April 15, 2020
Individual 5k - $45
Student/Military/Senior 5k - $40
Child (6-12) Run/Walk - $30
Virtual 5k - $45
Late Registration
April 15, 2020 - May 16, 2020
Individual 5k - $50
Student/Military/Senior 5k - $45
Child (6-12) Run/Walk - $35
Virtual 5k - $50

On-Site Registration
May 17, 2020 
Individual 5k - $55
Student/Military/Senior 5k - $50
Child (6-12) Run/Walk - $40
Virtual 5k - $55

Running to #lightthelighthouse

This year the Beacon of Hope 5k celebrates 15 years supporting teen suicide prevention efforts in Hampton Roads. Every year runners and walkers come together at the Virginia Beach oceanfront for a morning supporting I Need A Lighthouse, Inc. Founder and Executive Director, Kathleen Wakefield says, “Every year I am moved beyond words by the support of this community. You make our efforts - educating teens to prevent teen suicide - possible.”
Ms Wakefield founded Lighthouse after losing her son, Jake, to suicide. Since that time she has traveled throughout Hampton Roads sharing her message - that there is help and hope for teens who may be struggling with depression or contemplating suicide. “Students are so open and willing to listen. Often students come up after a presentation and share that after hearing our presentation they are inspired to get help, or reach out for help for a friend. It reinforces the importance of these conversations.”

Runners and walkers, individuals and teens, come together for a wonderful morning of hope. For the past two years runners have enjoyed an after party hosted by Ocean 27. Every participant leaves with a finisher medal, t-shirt, and the satisfaction of supporting a teens and young adults in Hampton Roads.

Packet Pick up

Race Day (on-site):

Early Packet Pick-up:
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Running, Etc.
Regency Hilltop Shopping Center
1940 Laskin Road #302
Virginia Beach, VA


24th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront


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