Ellie's Army Dirty Socks 5k Run/Walk

Sunday 20th January 2019

Aventura Loop (Start at Aventura Library): Aventura 2930 NE 199th Street, Aventura, United States

Walking, Running, Distance running, 5K


  • Running-5K - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-5K - Ages 16 and Under
  • Walking-5K - Individual Age group/open
  • Walking-5K - Ages 16 and Under


Why Dirty Socks?

Ellie Levy was born with cystic fibrosis, a terminal disease that primarily effects the lungs. At the age of 22, Ellie required a double lung transplant to survive. After several days, the first transplant failed.

One month later she received her second transplant. We were filled with joy and hope as this transplant appeared to have worked.

Ellie’s surgeon Gustavo told her that in order to survive she would have to walk. To motivate her, he asked for “dirty socks.” Despite the pain, Ellie walked and walked and walked.

One day Ellie gave Dr. Gustavo her dirty socks in a plastic bag. He told her that he would keep her socks in his office for the rest of his life. She inspired him with her desire to live and her determination and her fight!

Sadly, Ellie did not survive. She was a warrior.

All children suffering with life-threatening illnesses must walk to get well. Sometimes they can only walk a few steps. On January 20th 2019 we walk for them, we walk for Ellie.


If interested in volunteering and sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact us at slevy@elliesarmy.org 

Event details and schedule

January 20th 2019

7am - Regisration begins

8am - 5K Run

8:15am - Walkathon

Until 12pm - Family fun, with kids activities, music, and food trucks!


Ticket Options

Adults (17+) Pre-Registration: $30,   Day of Event: $40

Ages 16 and Under Pre-Registration: $20,  Day of Event: $25


Free event t-shirt with advanced registration! First-come, first-served basis for those who register on the day of the event. 

Pick up your Registration Packets in Advance

City Bikes

Promenade Shops

20335 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura

Friday January 18th: 10am-3pm

Saturday January 19th: 10am-3pm


Organised by

Ellie's Army Foundation

1051 NE 93rd Street, Miami Shores

Phone: 3057560068

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