The Brian Demchak
Hope Run/Walk Q5K Virtual Run
Run for the doctors, nurses and employees on the front line!
Register NOW for the
Brian Demchak 5K Hope Run/Walk Q5K Virtual Run
Set up a Facebook Fundraising Page to Help Patients, Doctors, Nurses and Employees
Set up a GoFundMe Fundraising Page to Help Patients, Doctors, Nurses and Employees
The St. Margaret Foundation Brian Demchak Hope Run/Walk 5K, originally scheduled for May 17th, is converting to a virtual event: The Brian Demchak Hope Run/Walk Q5K (Quarantine 5K) presented by PNC. Turn your cabin fever into purpose during this emergency and help support under-resourced patients, especially patients, doctors, nurses and employees dealing with COVID-19.
The decision to convert to a virtual race was made in accordance with CDC recommendations as well as the fact that the event is held at UPMC St. Margaret, where all resources are dedicated to managing COVID-19 over the next months.
Turn everyday of quarantine into health and purpose as you walk, run, skip or hop through the neighborhood, respecting social distancing, to complete a 5K and raise money for your neighbors and health professionals.
PURPOSE: During this challenging time, the St. Margaret Foundation and the sponsors of the Brian Demchak Hope Run/Walk Q5K are dedicating funds raised to fill in the gaps with hope. The hospital expects many people to be admitted with needs outside of covered care such as lodging for loved ones from out of town, transportation home, family needs, medicine, bedding for people sent home confined to a hospital size bed, items from our food pantry and more.
PURPOSE: St. Margaret Hospital doctors, nurses and employees don’t have the luxury of working remotely during this crisis and are on the front line 24-hours a day while they now struggle with unforeseen childcare issues due to closed daycare centers and schools. Dedicated employees caring for COVID-19 patients may also need temporary housing and food so as not to return home to spread the virus to their families. St. Margaret Foundation has already provided boxed lunches for devoted staff whose children would otherwise be at school and are now at home. Much more is needed.
REGISTER: Celebrate germ free! Register for your virtual event and pay $30. Run or walk anytime between now and May 17th and post your photographs on social media with hashtag #hoperun5Q or on the St. Margaret Foundation Facebook page at You can also share your time with us on this Google Doc. Each participant who signs up by April 30th will receive a special logoed shirt mailed to their home to commemorate the completion of your "2020 Q5K." UPMC employees who register can earn a $25 Health Step Point credit. Once completed, self-report the activity to earn the credit. Info on how to self-report Healthy Step Activities is available here.
PARTICIPATE FREE BY SETTING UP A FUNDRAISING PAGE EVEN IF YOU AREN’T RUNNING/WALKING: You can help support our patients, doctors and nurses on the front line even more by creating a fundraising page and ask your friends to donate. Your race registration is free if you set up a fundraising page and raise $50. If you raise $100, you will get a special ¼ zip long-sleeved shirt! Fundraising pages may be set up on:
Support our mission through a generous corporate or family foundation sponsorship. Opportunities range from $750-$10,000.
Contribute a gift or gift certificate to the prizes we award the race winners.
Virtual Run FAQ
Access Frequently Asked Questions and tips for a "virtual run."
Share your support of the race and Foundation to all of your family and friends by creating a Facebook or CrowdRise fundraising page!
How donations helped in 2019:
Last year the race raised a record breaking $125,402 to help support patients through a food pantry, clothing closet, providing medication and equipment, and more.
SMF provided $254,666 for Four Free Shuttles to transport patients to treatment. Over 15,000 rides were provided last year to individuals who could not otherwise get to their care.
The Oncology Fund provided $19,688 in medications, transportation, housing expenses, groceries, medical supplies, and other needs for 49 patients struggling with cancer.
The Bed Fund provided $36,625 in assistance for more than 1,000 ill patients in need of medication, food pantry items, clothing, medical equipment, transportation and other daily necessities.