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Barber Beast on the Block - Virtual 5k

Friday, May 21st- Monday, May 24th, 2021

Registration coming soon!

Beat your own Beast in your neighborhood, your favorite park – anywhere you can take on the physical challenges of this fun new event!

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a couch potato, it’s all your race at your pace. Go alone or while socially distancing with your family, friends or teammates!


Yes, these are tough times. But Beast participants are tougher. They fight to be their best. That might mean achieving their fitness goals, going outside of their comfort zones to tackle new challenges, or supporting services for persons with disabilities at the Barber National Institute. So the commitment to Beat the Beast – whatever that is – remains the same.

While we aren’t physically getting together for a big in-person event just yet, we will be together in spirit to help each other through Beast challenges. This will be a race day customized to your schedule. Participants can take part in the virtual 5K anytime between noon on Friday, May 21 and noon on Monday, May 24, 2021. This event will have unique aspects to bring the same element of one-course camaraderie.

What's Included

Virtual Medal Finisher Shirt Printable Bib


2021 Finisher


With registration, you will receive:

  • Awesome 2021 finisher shirt complete with our Barber Beast on the Block logo
  • Virtual medal to humble-brag with on social media
  • Participant bib PDF to print and pin on for those virtual 5k selfies

And best of all, you will know that you are helping individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities or behavioral health challenges live more productive and fulfilling lives.

Why we’re counting on you!

The Barber National Institute has experienced extraordinary unbudgeted costs that include personal protective equipment, disinfecting supplies and computer equipment and software to deliver telehealth services. We are also meeting increased staffing needs as we provide around-the-clock care for residents in our 95 group homes, and meet the demands to provide remote early intervention therapies for babies and behavioral health services for children, adults and families.

Your support for Barber Beast on the Block will help ensure that our essential services to our most vulnerable populations continue at a time when they are needed most.

How It Works

1. Register online.
2. On the morning of Friday, May 21, we will send you an email with directions to submit your timing results and enter any of the contests.
3. You will have from noon Friday, May 21 – noon Monday, May 24 to complete the virtual 5k, send in your mid-run selfies and submit your timing results.
4. After the event has wrapped up, look for your hard-earned finisher shirt in the mail.

Please Note: 

  • Participants must be 12 years of age by 5/21/20 to register.
  • We cannot offer refunds under any circumstances. If a registrant cannot participate or transfer their registration, their fee is considered a charitable donation to the Barber Foundation.





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