Barber Beast on the Block

Barber Beast on the Block - Virtual 5k

Friday, Sept. 11th- Monday, Sept. 14th, 2020

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!

What’s New? What’s the Same?

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.

What’s different is that, while we aren’t physically getting together for a big in-person event, we will be together in spirit to help each other through Beast challenges. We are transforming our original Beast date – Saturday, Sept. 12 – into a race day customized to your schedule. Participants can take part in the virtual 5K anytime between noon on Friday, September 11 and noon on Monday, September 14, 2020.  This event will have unique aspects to bring the same element of one-course camaraderie.

What's Included

Face Covering Virtual Medal Finisher Shirt Printable Bib Beast Podcast



2020 Finisher



With registration, you will receive:

  • Awesome 2020 finisher shirt complete with our Beast on the Block logo
  • Comfortable face-covering perfect for a stroll or workout (you can never have enough!)
  • Link to a one-of-a-kind Beast podcast that you will receive the morning of Friday, Sept. 11 to listen to while you’re running or walking
  • 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, Sept. 11, we will send you an email including the link to our Beast podcast and directions to submit your timing results and enter any of the contests.
3. You will have from noon Friday, Sept., 11 – noon Monday, Sept. 14 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 and face-covering in the mail.

Have more questions?  Check out our FAQ's

Please Note: 

  • Participants must be 12 years of age by 9/11/20 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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