join us may 20, 2017
early bird rate ends may 7, 2017


join us may 20, 2017
early bird rate ends may 7, 2017

SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A RACE, the Honor Connor 5k and Smile Mile is a full-fledged celebration. Known as the happiest 5k 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.

You've got questions. We've got answers. Here are 10 things to know about the 5th 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 20, 2017, 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.

2. How do I register? . . .

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. Online registration closes at midnight, May 19. Race day registration is available, too.

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

Absolutely. Running with your pals is always a blast! Last year, there were more than 30 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 17 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 7, 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 kiddos 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? . . .

Packet pickup is hosted at Academy Sports + Outdoors in North Richland Hills, from 11am - 7pm, May 18 and 19. We'll do our best to accommodate all t-shirt size requests, but recommend getting there early to get your preferred size. If you 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 - Pledge of Allegiance and 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 one. So yeah, dogs and strollers are most welcome. Dogs in strollers? Well sure. That, too. Why not.

10. Do you need volunteers? . . .

Yes yes yes! Please and thank you. We could not pull this race off without the awesome help of our volunteers. If you're interested in helping out, just click the Volunteer link at the top. All volunteers receive an official Honor Connor 5k and Smile Mile staff shirt, not to mention our unending gratitude.


the swag.

the swag.


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 males and females 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 brag plaque and an Honor Connor 5k smile flag which will be ceremoniously draped over your shoulders of victory, Usain-Bolt-Olympic-style. 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.Β (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.

New and improved for 2017! 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.

Can you crush your 2016 time? Check back here after the 2017 race to find out. 

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
Nori Bykerk
Mark & Jane Dempsey
George & Kelly Dunham
Jay Fehnel
Gary Key: in honor of Abby
Lew & Mary Ann Miltenberger
Optum Health & Sport Therapy
Donna Shaw: in honor of Alexis
Tara Whitehead-Stotland Family


Belynda Moss
Lindsay Moore
Demara Morrow
Carine Nguyen
NRH Water Safety 365
Kyle & Adrien Pekurney
Rebekah Pryor
Valen Radimecky
Arline Ramon
Ryan Smith
Kellie Teal-Guess & Family
Susan Webb
Marina Wern
Johana Wright

Katina Arnold
Sergio Bazaldua
Patrick Burns
Macie Burt
Kelly Chaires
Marcy Dages & Family
Allison Dauteuil
Megan Fendley
William Frado
Jennifer Green
Paulette Hartman
Angelica Jaimes
Vickie Loftice
Stephanie McNeese



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,