Hope Starts Here 5K

Our 3rd annual Hope Starts Here 5K – presented by Florida Capital Bank – is a great race for runners and walkers of all levels looking for a route steeped in Jacksonville history and benefitting an amazing cause. A lovely trek incorporating the Emerald Trail, the course begins and ends at Operation New Hope which is housed in one of Springfield’s most iconic Klutho buildings. The Hope Starts Here 5K helps Jacksonville build safer communities, stronger economies, and more stable families.

Proceeds from the Hope Starts Here 5k will benefit Operation New Hope, where we believe that we are all better than our worst mistake, worst day, or worst decision. We believe in people’s ability to learn from their errors and transform their lives through commitment and hard work. For over 25 years, we have worked to build a stronger community by creating opportunities for people with a criminal history to realize second chances by reconnecting to the workforce. Funds raised will be used to provide workforce training, mental health services, and job placement for people affected by the criminal justice system.

Sponsorship Benefits

Sponsoring the Hope Starts Here 5k not only supports our mission to reconnect people to the workforce to break the cycle of incarceration and poverty, but also is a great opportunity to show your company believes second chances matter. At our 3rd annual Hope Starts Here 5k, we expect over 400 socially conscious members of Jacksonville’s community to join us on race day. We will promote the event to our 15,000+ contacts and followers on social media. Don’t miss the opportunity to show Jacksonville that your organization is helping make our community safer and our economy stronger. Check out last year’s successful event – 2023 Hope Starts Here 5k.

Hope Starts Here 5k Breakfast & Brews

After the race, Operation New Hope’s great neighbors at Strings Sports Brewery will be hosting the Hope Starts Here 5k Breakfast and Brews at their fun restaurant with hoops, darts, and other games. Strings Sports Brewery is the perfect place to reflect on your race and recharge.

Interested in volunteering for the Hope Starts Here 5k?



May 18th, 2024


8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


1830 North Main Street, Jacksonville, Florida, 32206

A Look Back at the 2023 Hope Starts Here 5k

Thanks to all our amazing 2023 event sponsors and participants for making the inaugural Hope Starts Here 5k a great success. A great time was had by all and we raised over $18,000 to provide the support and training needed to reconnect justice-involved individuals to the workforce, making our communities safer, and saving tax-payer dollars.