See ya in 2018.

the 6th annual honor connor 5k & smile mile

north richland hills, texas

may 26, 2018



See ya in 2018.

the 6th annual honor connor 5k & smile mile

north richland hills, texas

may 26, 2018


SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A RACE, the Honor Connor 5k and Smile Mile is a full-fledged celebration. Known as the happiest race in DFW, more than 1000 runners, walkers and joggers join this high-energy event that celebrates the life of Connor Kelly Gage. The run benefits The LV Project, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to buoyancy, on water and in life. Come on out for lots of miles. And even more smiles. It's time to Honor Connor, run fast, and smile.

When you run the Honor Connor, you'll get: a supported safe course |  a comfortable race shirt | a collectible bib number | your race time recorded and published | a drawstring swag bag | and most of all, the opportunity to make a difference through drowning prevention and buoyancy



the details.

the details.

now updated with 2018 run details!

You've got questions. We've got answers. Here are 10 things to know about the 6th Annual Honor Connor 5k and Smile Mile. Or, as Connor would say, "Here is da scoopage."

1. Where and when is the race? . . .

The race will be held -- rain or shine -- on May 26, 2018, at the beautiful Birdville High stadium (a.k.a. the FAAC). Address: 9200 Mid Cities Blvd, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180. The 1-mile fun run starts at 8:00am, followed by the 5k at 8:30am. We recommend arriving by 7:30am to join in the pre-race activities. All race proceeds benefit The LV Project, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to buoyancy, on water and in life.

2. How do I register? . . .

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. When it opens, just click the "register" button at the top of this page to sign up online. If you'd rather go old school and register offline (via paper), just download the registration form from the "Register" page, complete it, and mail it to us with your payment. Race day registration is available, too.

3. What about creating or joining a team? . . .

Absolutely. Running with your pals is a blast! Last year, there were more than 40 teams who ran the Honor Connor. You only need five people to create a team, and team members save 10% on registration fees. You can create or join your team when you register. Team registration closes on May 23 at midnight and the largest team will be given an award on race day.

4. How much is the entry fee? . . .

If you sign up by May 13, you'll save. The 1-mile early bird rate is $20, then $25, then $30 on race day. The 5k early bird rate is $25, then $30, then $35 on race day. Kids 8 and under run free, but still need to register. T-shirts for the kids can be purchased separately for $10. If you can't make it to the race and want to run remotely, your rate is $35. We'll mail your race packet to you. Last but not least, if you sign up with a team, you'll get a 10% discount.

5. Is the race timed? Is the course certified?. . .

All 5k runners are timed using the highly reliable ChronoTrack B-tag system, which comes attached to your race bib. The 1 mile fun run is not timed. The course is both USATF certified and the race is USATF sanctioned. It's a scenic, mostly flat, route that winds around tree-lined lake trails. Perfect for runners and walkers alike.

6. Where do I pick up my packet? And when? . . .

NEW LOCATION FOR 2018! Packet pickup will be at the beautiful NRH Centre, 6000 Hawk Ave, North Richland Hills, TX 76180, from 11am - 7pm, May 24 and 25. We'll do our best to accommodate all t-shirt size requests, but recommend getting there early to get your preferred size. If you've signed up with a team, your team leader will be picking up your packet for you. Race day packet pickup is also available (but arrive early!).

7. Where do I park? . . .

You'll enter from Precinct Line and park in the Birdville High stadium parking lot. NOTE! The entry to the parking lot from Mid-cities Blvd will be closed to accommodate the run route. You'll need to arrive from Precinct Line on the east side of the stadium (the entrance right across from Lowe's).

8. What's the race day schedule? . . .

  • 6:30am - Onsite registration and packet pickup open
  • 7:30am - Warmup
  • 7:40am - Balloon release for grieving parents / kids
  • 7:50am - Welcome and introductions
  • 8:00am - 1-mile start
  • 8:20am - National Anthem
  • 8:30am - 5k start
  • 9:30am - Live music from The Bird Dogs
  • 10:00am - Awards
  • 10:30am - Post-race SmileFest and live music

9. Can I bring my dog? My stroller? . . .

You bet! The Honor Connor is a dog- and kid-friendly race. We have lots of both. The only request is that you're considerate of other runners and line up toward the middle / back of the pack. That way the faster runners won't have to dodge Fido or the little ones. So yeah, dogs and strollers are most welcome. Dogs in strollers? Well sure. That, too. Why not.

10. Do you need volunteers? . . .

Thanks so much for asking. You can volunteer for the 2018 Honor Connor by clicking the "volunteer" link at the top of this site. Thank you!

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the stuff.

the stuff.


Your registration fee includes an official Honor Connor race shirt, a cool-as-can-be drawstring backpack, a custom race bib and lots of great bag swag. Check your bag for the Honor band, write who inspires you, and wear it on your sleeve on race day. We wanna see who you run for. 

The official 2017 Honor Connor 5k and Smile Mile race shirt.

GIVE SOME BUOYANCY. Our goal is to help a lot of people LiVe buoyantly in the summer of '17. This year, when you add a Connor-inspired #ORIGINALITY t-shirt to your registration, The LV Project will donate a life vest in your name. 

The 2017 run bibs. 

The 2017 honor band. 

The 2017 run bag.

The 2017 run bag.


the awards.

the awards.

Winner winner chicken dinner. (Or pancakes.) 

The first three guys and gals in the following age categories will be eligible to win medals. 0-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. The top overall, masters (40+) and grand masters (50+) finishers will receive a Mr. Smiley award medal, the official smiley spatula, a trophy and an Honor Connor Smile Flag which will be ceremoniously draped over your victorious shoulders. Winners... we salute you!

Will you wear the smile of honor? The official Honor Connor 5k Smile Flag is reserved exclusively for the six overall winners. (Run fast!)

Will you wear the smile of honor? The official Honor Connor 5k Smile Flag is reserved exclusively for the six overall winners. (Run fast!)

Behold. The team skillet.

TEAMS! The largest team in attendance will receive an award plaque, goodies for the whole team, as well as the official team trophy of The Honor Connor 5k and Smile Mile -- the smiley pancake skillet -- to host your very own celebratory team breakfast.

Behold, the smiley skillet!


the course.

the course.

A great course, with scenic trails. And it's USATF certified.

The Honor Connor Run course map winds its way around a route that Connor loved. Connor was a runner, and spent many days running the scenic trails around Birdville High and the lakes in his HomeTown neighborhood. 


the results.

the results.

Some fast dudes (and dudettes) at the 2017 run. Check out the results.

2016  >  2015  >  2014  > 2013


The Sponsors.

The Sponsors.

Our sponsors help us run happy. 

Sponsoring the Honor Connor 5k and Smile Mile is a great way to make your brand known to thousands of people. But more importantly, it's a great way to do a whole lot of good. Your support goes to The LV Project's buoyancy fund, which helps people LiVe and LoVe buoyantly through drowning prevention and goodwill projects. 

we raised more than $60,000 in 2016. THANK YOU for your support. 


HOST sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Gold sponsors







Friends of Connor

Argyle YMSL
Argyle Bass Fishing Team
Jay & Laurie Bailey
Stan & Barbara Baxter: in honor of  grandson Connor
Nori Bykerk
Marcy Dages & Family
Ron & Nan Deal: in honor of Connor Deal
Mark & Jane Dempsey
George & Kelly Dunham
Jay Fehnel
Tom & Ann Gage: in honor of grandson Connor
Steven & Lani Hendrix: in honor of Thomas
Gary Key: in honor of Abby
Lew & Mary Ann Miltenberger: in honor of Paul
Optum Health & Sport Therapy
Steve & Donna Ramsey: in honor of Trevor
Donna Shaw: in honor of Alexis
Tara Whitehead-Stotland Family
John & Donna Willbanks
Jeannie Williams: in honor of Jeffrey


Vikki Accord
Katina Arnold
Jim & Cheryl Ashley
Shannon Baldwin
Lydia Barnes
Sergio Bazaldua
Brenda Blume
Amy Booze
Shane Buechele
Patrick Burns
Macie Burt
Justin Carr
Kelly Chaires
Chicago Cubs
Polly Conner
Allison Dauteuil
Timothy Dean
Linda Dellett
Craig & Liz Etheredge
Megan Fendley
Diva Fioroni
William Frado
Michael Fox
Robert Geil
Ted Gerhart
Jennifer Green
Salma Garcia
Paula Gartman
Gayle Hale


Harp Design Co
Sandra Harris
Barbara Harris
Paulette Hartman
Alex Hauser
Lisa Hennessey
Mark & Teri Holmstrom
Kelly Hoppe
Kelly Jacobi
Angelica Jaimes
Bailey Keck
Beth Krentz
Cynthia Larson
Kristine Lee
Mary Levi
Nicole Lockett
Vickie Loftice
Julie Makens
Lori Mansfield
Kelly Massey
Sarah McKay
Stephanie McNeese
Kyla Marie-Menendez
Belynda Moss
Lindsay Moore
Demara Morrow
Essie Muns
Carine Nguyen
Jody Noonan

NRH Water Safety 365
RoseMarie Pace
Kara Patterson
Kyle & Adrien Pekurney
Karen Power
Laura Pritchard
Rebekah Pryor
Valen Radimecky
Arline Ramon
James & Dana Ratcliffe
H Richardson
Keith Rinehart
Kerri Rowe
Isaac Salas
Karen Schiltz
Nina Schwartz
Linda Scott
Noah Scott
Kim Smith
Paula Smith
Rebecca Smith: Sparrow Salon
Ryan Smith
Tina Spoon
Jennifer Staid
Kellie Teal-Guess & Family
Seth & Kaitlyn Wages
Sam Warden
Susan Webb
Marina Wern

Lynn Winstead
Sharon Wolfe
Johana Wright



connor gage.

connor gage.

About Connor... he lived buoyantly.

The Honor Connor Run honors the life of Connor Gage, a 15-year old freshman, who died tragically at a lake birthday party in 2012. Connor is a wonderful son, brother and friend, who is greatly missed. He's known for his big smile and his love of running. Connor loved to golf, hang out with friends, play chess, wakeboard on the lake, travel. In a nutshell, Connor lived BUOYANTLY.  The LV Project was founded by the Gage family to help others LiVe buoyantly, too. 

Connor and Riley Gage, August 31, 2012

Connor and Riley Gage, August 31, 2012




On behalf of The LV Project and the Gage family, thanks for honoring Connor.

The LV Project is all about BUOYANCY. During swim season, we focus on drowning prevention projects. The rest of the year, we shift to projects that help people LiVe a buoyant life. Here's a look at our projects so far. You make it possible. We're grateful.

Our Mission: The LV Project relentlessly pursues the idea that all people can LiVe and LoVe buoyantly. On water, and in life. #LiVeLoVeLifeVest #BeBuoyant,

Our Mission: The LV Project relentlessly pursues the idea that all people can LiVe and LoVe buoyantly. On water, and in life. #LiVeLoVeLifeVest #BeBuoyant,