This is no joke! On Saturday, March 30, 2024, United Against Poverty of St. Lucie County will host a one-of-a-kind charity run/walk, the Fools Day 5k.

March 30, 2024 · 8:00 a.m.
Causeway Cove Marina
601 Seawave Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
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Fools Day 5k is a professionally-timed race for participants of all ages and abilities.

Put on a pair of novelty glasses (included with registration) and “Be a Blessing in Disguise” for the 53,957 households in St. Lucie County that earn less than what it costs to afford the basic necessities.

Join friends and neighbors to run, jog or walk through a unforgettable 3.1 mile course filled with silly string, chattering teeth and other fun surprises. In addition to helping raise the crucial funds that fuel our mission, your participation will help shine a light on the dark and demoralizing cycle of poverty in St. Lucie County.

The goal of this community-based event is to raise funds and awareness for United Against Poverty of St. Lucie County, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and empowering people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.


Event Schedule

6:45 a.m. Onsite Registration and Packet Pickup Begins
7:50 a.m. Warm Up
8:00 a.m. Race Start
8:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony

Registration Details

  • Adult and Virtual
    EARLYBIRD – Through December 31: $25
    January 1 – February 3: $30
    February 4 – March 2: $35
    March 3 – March 23: $40
    March 24 – 30: $45

Each participant receives the following:

Commemorative Event T-Shirt

A cotton version of the 2024 Fools Day 5k race shirt for participants who registered before March 8, 2024.

Pair of Novelty Glasses

A traditional pair of novelty glasses to wear during the race and keep as a fun souvenir.

Entry in the Flickin’ Chicken Contest

Toss a traditional rubber chicken in the Flickin’ Chicken contest for a chance to win exciting prizes.

Race Bib and Timing Chip

Professional race timing on a sanctioned 5k course with posted results.

On Course and Pre/Post Race Refreshments

Two water stations along the route with unlimited access to pre and post-race refreshments.

With good intentions, many organizations address the symptoms of poverty by providing something for nothing. These handouts may help people get by, but they often end up stripping people of their dignity instead of lifting and empowering them.

UP St. Lucie, as our program participants call us, is a nonprofit organization that exists to break the cycle of poverty in our community through programs that focus on empowerment rather than entitlement. We are proud to serve an average of 325 families in need each day!


Our Purpose: To inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.

On-Site Services Include:

  • Member Share Grocery Program
  • Success Training Employment Program
  • Crisis stabilization assistance
  • DCF Access Florida staffed office onsite
  • Life skills workshops