Lake Charles

Run Your Socks off 5K + a little extra

Sat, Mar 18, 2023
08:00am - 10:00pm
Sat, Mar 18, 2023
08:00am - 10:00pm
Lake Charles
900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Sat, Mar 18, 2023
08:00am - 10:00pm
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900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Run Your Socks off 5K + a little extra is happening on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 08:00AM CDT at 900 Lakeshore Dr with tickets starting at $32.10

The Down Syndrome Association of SWLA invites you and your family to participate the Run your Socks off 5k +, in honor of World Down Syndrome Day! Our run will not be the traditional 5K (3.1 mile) but will be a 3.21-mile walk/run. The 3.21 represents that individuals with Down syndrome carry 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. So, our route will include that “little something extra”. We have also had a small group of individuals with Down syndrome who have been training to run or walk this event , so this will be their moment to shine and show our community their “capABILITIES”

We couldn’t think of a better day to host our inaugural run but on the weekend before World Down Syndrome Day( 3/21) March 18, 2023. We invite all runners or walkers with varying Abilities to join us.

Race Day Schedule:

· 6:30-7:30am: Onsite registration and packet Pick up
* Onsite/Day of registration increases to $40 per runner
· 8:00: Race Begins
· 9:15 appx: Awards

Route Description:

The Flat 3.21-mile route will take you down the beautiful tree lined road of Shell Beach drive and return back to the Civic Center amphitheater.

Packet Pick up:

Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Saturday, March 18, 2023
6:30 am – 7:30 am

Electronic Timing & Results:

The official timer and scorer for this event is Race Pace Multisport , LLC. Times for this event will be posted:
· Race Registration Website:
· Near Finish Line
· Through email to participants who provide valid email addresses
· On Facebook Page

Bib Assignments:

● Each Runner will be issued a bib number at Packet Pick up. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear the bib during the race and to wear it in the correct place.
● Race Bibs are to be worn on front of the abdominal area throughout the race.
● Runners without bib numbers while on the course will be removed for security reasons.
● Please remember to fill out the emergency medical information on the bib number.

Age Group Categories & Awards:

Awards will be issued to the following categories:

  • Overall Male & Female with Down syndrome

  • Overall Male & Female

  • Overall Masters Advocate - ( 40-49 years) Male & Female

  • Overall Grand Masters Advocate ( 60 years and older) Male & Female

  • Top Male & Female runners in each age group: 19 years & younger, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +

    Registration Questions:

All registration fees are non-refundable. It will considered a donation to a great organization. Registrations cannot be transferred nor deferred to alternate year.
Life happens. So, the Run your socks off event offers a way to switch and save.
Need a switch? Transfer Deadline - 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 12, 2023
Transfers must be completed online and before deadline to qualify.
1. Person-to-Person Transfer: For a fee, you may transfer your registration to another person.
2. Different year Transfer: You may not defer your registration for 2023 or any other year.


Shirt sizes are guaranteed if you register by 11:59 pm on 2/21/2023. Race day registrants are not guaranteed race shirts.
Gender specific shirts are provided to registered participants. Please note women's shirts are fitted & may run small. It is strongly suggested to size up if you don't want it to be fitted.

FREE Key Check:

Participants have an opportunity to check their keys race day. Bands will be issued in the packet. Place band through key or chain and return to Registration desk. Pick up keys after race at Finish line.

Lost and Found:

DSASWLA is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Lost items that are found and turned in will be returned to the Registration desk after the event. Contact Race Director via phone(337)540-5992 or by email to request your lost item. Items not requested identified or requested by April 1, 2023 will be donated to local non-profit agency.


The races will be held rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area, the race will either have a delayed start or depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled. The Race Director will make the determination.
If race is cancelled due to inclement weather, or other reasons your registration fee will be considered a tax deductible donation to the Down Syndrome Association of SWLA.


From Baton Rouge/Lafayette/Lake Charles:

Travel west on I-10 towards Texas
Take Exit 30 B towards Ryan street ( keep right)
Turn right onto Ryan Street
Turn right onto Broad Street
Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive
Turn right into parking lot south of the civic center

From Texas & Sulphur:

Travel East on I-10
Take Exit 29 onto Lakeshore Drive toward the civic Center
Take a right on Lakeshore Drive
Take a right into the parking lot south of the Civic Center


Volunteers are very much needed. We appreciate your talent and time. Please contact Tina Harris at or go to if you or your organization is interested in volunteering.
Volunteer opportunities exist for the following duties:
· Race packet stuffing and organizing
· Race site setup
· Cheer and Hydration stations along race route
· Cleanup


Sponsors are what helps to make this event happen and help to continue our mission. If you are interested in sponsoring this event either monetarily or in the way of an in-Kind donation please contact Melanie Sarro at

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