About Cristian's Big Heart

Cristian’s Big Heart 5k Celebrates the Life of Cristian Acosta-Flores

Cristian passed away on September 1, 2014, one day shy of his 19th birthday.

Cristian’s life was cut tragically short due to complications from an undiagnosed enlarged heart.

The name “Cristian’s Big Heart 5k” sheds light on this important health issue but also reminds his friends and family of the way Cristian loved and lived. His Big Heart always lent a hand, encouraged others, and cared deeply for those around him.

Each year we continue Cristian’s legacy and raise funds for “SCREEN YOUR TEEN” a local heart screening program for teenagers in San Diego run by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation. In our first 6 years we donated $217,000 which is the equivalent of 13,500 FREE heart screenings for local teens!

Register your TEEN for a FREE heart screening at epsavealife.org

Cristian's Big Heart 2021 Race Schedule

Due to shifting “re-open” dates during our logistics planning months we will be holding Cristian’s Big Heart 5k as a Virtual Race once again this year.


Please take lots of photos and submit video clips to be included in this years Virtual Race video recap.  Instructions will be sent via email to the primary registrant of your group or family.


Thank you for your support, especially aswe help Eric Paredes Save a Life ramp up for the re-launch of in-person heart screenings. They need all the support and help we can give them given the changing landscape of public group gatherings. Our 2021 goal is to outraise last years $40,000 contribution. Lets go for $50,000 in 2021!!!


Thank you,
Tanya & William

Race Location

This years race is
wherever you want!!!

Race Dates

Saturday August 28, 2021
Thursday September 2, 2021
(Cristian's birthday)