What is the Can Do 5k?

It goes without saying that gathering over sixteen hundred people together at the end of April for our annual CanDo5K won’t be able to happen this year. With the challenges our community is currently facing, and all the changes in our daily lives, we on the CanDo committee and the My Village Northwest board do not want this race to be one more thing that is canceled this spring.

We hope you all take this opportunity to rally virtually this year to show your support the incredible children and adults that exemplify our 2020 CanDo5K theme: I Can, and I Will. Watch Me! Let’s run/walk/roll together virtually!

Organized by My Village Northwest and Northshore YMCA

How Do I participate in Can Do Virtual?
Simply register for the Can Do Virtual run and complete your own Can Do race anytime and anywhere you desire between now and April 25th.
What do I receive?

Each registered participant that signs up by April 5th will receive a Can Do Virtual shirt in the mail before April 25th.

Then what?

Run your own CanDo Race! You can run, jog, walk, roll, or a combination of any of these options! You can choose the location- your favorite trail, path, or treadmill. You can choose your company— your CanDo Team, or family, or friends, or just go solo.

Post a picture/video of you doing your own CanDo on Instagram using hashtag #CanDo5K.

You can also post to the CanDo5k Facebook page. Get creative and have fun!

We will choose the best to create a video that will be featured on the CanDo5K website at the end of the race period.

Anything Else?

Join or create a team! It’s more fun to run/walk/roll together, even if it is virtually. Team Awards are still in play! Go for the chance to win the coveted Stinky Shoe Award given for each category!

  • Remember: Teams with 50 registrations or more will receive a $500 donation to the school’s PTA or the represented not-for-profit to support inclusive opportunities! (50 registrations NOT 50 team members. A family registration counts as one registration.) teamsco@cando5k.org for more info.

Can Do 5K Team Challenge

The Can Do 5K Team Challenge continues in 2020!  Create your team! Motivate and encourage! 2019 Team Challenge winners are below. Can they retain their title? Will another team sneak up and grab the glory? Can’t wait to find out!


2020 Challenges

30 Day Challenge – From March 24th to April 24th (Every team can win!) Let us know that your team took the 30 Day Challenge! For 30 days, take some moments to walk/run/roll. Get your bodies moving in some way! You got this!

Largest School Challenge
We want to encourage our schools to a friendly rivalry of who can form the biggest school team. Bragging rights for the year!

Largest Team Challenge
Get your whole company, department, group, club, school, family, friends, or sports team to join the team!

Greatest Fundraiser (Awards for both team & individual)
Talk to everyone you know and be known in the community as the team thatraised the most money for My Village NW! Your efforts and team’s generosity need to be recognized!

Best Team Spirit
Be the team that has the most fun. Wear costumes or special shirts, sing, do a cheer and celebrate as you run or train. Send in a video or picture to #CanDo5K.

2019 Challenges

Largest School Team

Team Woodmoor – 93

Largest Non-School Team

Run BUMC – 85


Why are we doing this?

The money that we raise through the CAN DO 5K will help fund:

My Village Northwest Community Group Grants designed to create

  • New and increased opportunities of community for our families
  • Housing and employment opportunities for individuals with special needs
  • Social and support opportunities for our families
  • Meaningful, inclusive, recreational activities for individuals with special need

My Village Northwest Coalition activities and events aimed at developing

  • Partnerships with organizations offering services to individuals with special need
  • Programs to support information exchange
  • Increased disability awareness training

Supporting families with children with special needs is a step towards making our community more inclusive for everyone.

Title – $5,000

Benefactor – $3,000

Platinum – $2,000

Gold – $1,000

Silver – $500

Partner – $350