The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) will hold its 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Feb. 4 at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad. The family-friendly 5K will feature a chip-timed race for runners and a scenic park loop for walkers. There will also be a kids’ obstacle course with prizes, a warrior trophy awarded to the largest team, music, and food. Funds raised at the event will benefit children who fight life-threatening illnesses and their families. “There are so many hurdles faced by these families and we are honored to be able to help them,” said MTF Co-Founder and Executive Director Beth Thorp.

MTF is a nonprofit organization started in honor of Mitchell Thorp, who passed away at age 18 after a five-year battle with an undiagnosed illness. The Thorp family was met with an incredible outpouring of love and support from their community during that time, and now seeks to return the favor by offering financial, emotional, and resource support to other families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases, and disorders. Learn more at