Spirit Run is presented by Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (NMSRI), a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benfit corporation. Spirit Run's net proceeds benefit youth education and fitness.
From 1983-2010, Spirit Run was presented by five Newport Beach elementary schools. In 2010, Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (NMSRI) was founded to continue Spirit Run and to share its net proceeds with schools throughout the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).
In 2017, NMSRI introduced "Dash for Cash" for schools and high school teams outside NMUSD. Schools and teams participating in "Dash for Cash" earn a minimum of 25%, and as much as 45%, of registration fees paid by their supporters.
NMSRI is operated by volunteers dedicated to promoting childhood fitness and education.
NMSRI's mission is (1) to present a community event promoting childhood fitness; (2) to provide free training, event entries, and bus transportation to local students who are unable to pay; and (3) to provide an opportunity to receive a share of net proceeds to local schools, teams, and clubs demonstrating commitment to our mission.
What We've Achieved
More than $2,000,000 in cash donated to local schools.
$330,000 in cash donated to local schools in last eight years alone.
Since 2011, NMSRI has conducted free training at elementary schools to prepare students for Spirit Run.
Since 2011, NMSRI has donated bus transportation to Spirit Run to students and families residing in Costa Mesa.
Since 2011, NMSRI has donated more than 2,500 free event entries to underprivileged students.
With 7 youth races and the Toddler Trot, NMSRI offers the broadest range of youth races of any road racing event.
Rather than offering a single "kids fun run," NMSRI groups children by age into 6 separate races so the little ones aren't required to race the older children.
NMSRI presents the unique "Youth 5k" where children race one another without adult interference and a child breaks the finish line ribbon.