The Fourth Annual Lipman Family Farms 5k Run For Backpacks is set for April 21

Lipman Family Farms – North America’s largest open field tomato grower and one of Southwest Florida’s largest employers, will host it’s 4th Annual 5k Run For Backpacks on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This year, the 5K Run and Junior Fun Run format is being expanded to include a 1-Mile Walk.

Through sponsorships and event registration fees, the annual event raises funds to purchase more than 1,500 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in the Immokalee area. The backpacks are distributed at Lipman Family Farm’s Backpack Giveaway event, held each year in August, to help ensure local children have the supplies they need as they begin the school year.

“This community event encourages healthy lifestyles and gets families outdoors participating in a fun, healthy activity,” said Jaime Weisinger, Community Relations Director for Lipman Family Farms. “And this year, with the addition of a 1 mile walk, individuals of any age and ability can participate. The event raises more than $25,000 each year and continues to grow. It’s so exciting for all of us at Lipman to see communities come together to support the region’s children each year. We are so grateful for the growing enthusiasm around the event.”

The race takes place at Immokalee High School’s Gary Bates Stadium. Registration starts at 6:30am. The race begins at 8:00am. Registration is $20 for students, $30 for pre-event general registration and $35 the day of the event. A discounted fee of $25 is offered to groups. The Junior Fun Run is free. Pre-event registration is available at Each registrant receives an exclusive race t-shirt. All fitness levels are welcome! This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy!

Businesses and individuals interested in sponsorships should contact Jaime Weisinger at 239-657-4421or via email at

Lipman Family Farms is the largest field tomato grower in North America. From seed to shelf, Lipman’s total supply chain control – research & development, farming, processing, repacking, logistics to marketing – delivers the consistency and quality that has made Lipman Family Farms North America’s most dependable source of fresh tomatoes and vegetables.

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