Annual Gilbert Days Gold Rush 5K and 1 Mile is Gilbert's premiere athletic event. The event is held within the boundaries of Freestone Park, utilizing sidewalks, equestrian trails, and the main entrance to the park. With 1,200 registered runners expected, (40 %children), this race has the largest participation of youth runners in the valley. In addition, 3,000 spectators are expected.
The event is kicked off with the ever so popular Mascot Race, where sponsor mascots compete for the Mascot Award and of course "bragging rights". For the runners, medals are presented to the top three finishers in 20 age divisions for both male and female 5K participants. The event is capped off with post race giveaways, the awards ceremony consisting of awards, free massages, and participants and spectators visiting vendor and sponsor booths at the event Expo.