6,358 total miles

Miles for Smiles 5K 2024

May 17-May 31, 2024

$29,234Raised of $28,000

The Miles for Smiles 5K – Each Step You Take Can Help Make A Birthday Dream Come True!

As a participant in Birthday Dreams’ virtual MILES FOR SMILES 5K you can raise the spirits of the homeless children we serve and inspire hope of a brighter future.

All fitness counts: biking, hiking, swimming, walking, running.

With your participation in our virtual 5K, every step you take turns frowns into magical smiles!

Funds raised from this event directly supports Birthday Dreams’ mission to bring hope, joy, and a sense of self-worth by providing homeless children with the gift of a birthday celebration.


How It Works

1. Click "Register" at the top of the page

Team Captains: Click 'Register' and then 'Create a Team'

Team Members & Individuals: Click 'Register' and then 'Join a Team' to find your team or click "Fundraise on my Own"

2. Estimate how many miles you’ll run, walk, bike, swim, ski, and/or hike from May 17th to May 31st. Whether it's 10, 50, or 500 miles, there's no amount too big or small.

3. Reach out to friends and family to ask if they’ll support your efforts by donating to you! They can make a pledge per mile or donate a flat amount to your efforts.

4. Log your miles daily by connecting your Strava account or log them manually directly through the email reminders you receive.

5. Keep an eye on the community tab to see how and what others are doing to support Birthday Dreams.

Miles for Smiles 5K - Promotional Video

Swag Bags, Prizes, and Extras

Get your Birthday Dreams Swag

As a participant in the Miles for Smiles 5K you can receive the following cool Birthday Dreams-branded items: T-shirt, water bottle, headband, and tote bag!

Mark your calendars for:

• Thursday, May 16th from 10am – 5pm

• Friday, May 17th from 10am – 5pm

You can pick up your swag bag at our Renton Administrative Office (next to Highland Dental Office) located at:

1082 Kirkland Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056

Just stop in at our location and we will get your swag bag to you. If you cannot pick your items up, we can ship it to you for a charge (postage & service fees), or if you would like to opt out from receiving the swag bag please contact us at: events@birthdaydreams.org


* = The types of prizes for Top Individual and Team fundraisers will be announced the week of May 6th!

Photo Scavenger Hunt

On Thursday, May 16th we will announce the photo scavenger hunt item list.

This is not a required activity, just a little extra fun.

To participate, while you are out walking, take pictures of the items that you see on the list and upload those photos to your individual or team page.

Special prizes will be awarded to the individual and team (of 5 people or less) who finds/photographs/uploads the most items!

So, keep your eyes open for the scavenger hunt item list when we send it out on May 16th.

Birthday Dreams - What We DO

Our History

In 2009, two moms who volunteered together began looking for ways to do more for the community. Chris Spahn and Shannon Avery saw a need that no other local organization was filling and thus Birthday Dreams was born.

Founded on the principle that children who are experiencing homelessness need a reason to keep going every day, need a day where they can forget about their situation, have fun, be honored, and reminded that their community cares about them. Through partnerships with over 80 shelters in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties, we provide a complete birthday party to children who would not otherwise have one.

These parties include everything-gifts, cake, tableware, party hats, goodie bags, balloons, juice, and games. Our dedicated staff and network of passionate volunteers create, bake, assemble and hand-deliver a Birthday-In-A-Box for every request.

What We Do!

We help homeless children celebrate their birthdays in 3 ways:

•Onsite HOSTED Group Birthday Parties

•Onsite NON-HOSTED Group Birthday Parties


Birthday Dreams provides the birthday items –but steps back to make sure that the PARENTS are the ones seen as the heroes by their children!

From the humble beginnings in our founders’ garages, to celebrating our 15,000th birthday child this year, our goal has been consistent: we want to celebrate as the birthdays of as many homeless children as we can, each year.

With the help of our dedicated staff, army of volunteers, and generous donors like YOU, our goal is to ensure every homeless child is celebrated on their birthday.



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