Does Running Make You Hungry?
If you're like me, then you're hungry after you run.
Okay, okay, I admit sometimes I'm hungry before and during the run, too!
Well, there's no reason to run hungry with the line up of races offered this September around Tampa Bay.
I've compiled a list of some delicious options below. You'll find new races and returning favorites. Enjoy!
5 September Races with Food Themes + a Bonus
1. Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay Fall Stampede 5K, 1 Mile Walk
Chick-fil-A cows will be available for photos. There's a post-race party in the Family Fun Zone including Chick-fil-A food, games, and prizes.
Chick-fil-A has sponsored the event since it began in 2012. The Fall Stampede had over 1,500 runners last year. The event has raised about $307, 500 in net proceeds.
Packet Pickup at the Children's Cancer Center, 4901 West Cypress St., Tampa
Thursday, September 7th from 4PM to 8PM
Friday, September 8th from 8AM to 2PM
5K and 1 Mile races are $35; Virtual Race Available for $30
2. Fit Foodie Festival & 5K in Clearwater
The full name of this event is: John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K. Now that's a mouthful!
After the 5K timed race, runners are invited to taste a variety of delicious foods and beverages in the post race Vitality Village. Last year's runners reported the tastings and giveaways were generous. There were food demos and workouts, too. It's a family friendly event.
Every 5K runner receives a medal. Goodie bags include samples from sponsors. Race shirts aren't included with registration, but branded apparel is for sale on race day.
Packet Pickup at Fit2Run 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa
Happy Hour at Fit2Run - International Plaza
Friday, September 8th from 4-7 PM
5K is $45; increases to $55 on 9/8/17
Register: Clearwater Fit Foodie Festival & 5K
3. Hooters to Hooters 10K and 5K
The race begins and ends at the original Hooters location in Clearwater, FL.
The 10K course is a mix of road and paved trails. The 5K course is all road running. Both races are chip timed. Awards are 3 deep in age group categories starting at 9 and under.
Packet Pickup at American Running Company, 26024 US Hwy 19 North, Clearwater
Saturday, September 9 from Noon-4:30 pm
Race morning beginning at 6 am
4. Thin Mint Sprint 5K and Tagalong Trot 1 Miler
No strollers allowed in the 5K race. Stroller are permitted in the 1 mile Tagalong Trot. No pets allowed in either race.
All registered Girl Scouts in grades K-12 will receive a FREE Patch! This race benefits the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.
After the races, there will be an awards ceremony and post-race celebration that includes unlimited Girl Scout cookies.
Top three 5K males and females in each standard age group will be awarded their favorite box of cookies. Additional awards for overall 5K and 1-mile male and female.
All 5K and 1 Mile racers receive a shirt, goodie bag and finisher medal. Virtual racers receive a shirt and bib only; no medal.
Thursday, Sept. 14. 12-6pm:
Girl Scout Leadership Center, 4610 Eisenhower Blvd., Tampa
Friday, Sept. 15. 12-6 pm
American Running Company, 26024 US Hwy 19 North, Clearwater
Race Morning: on site before the races
5K is $30; 1 Miler is $15; Virtual is $10; Samoa Challenge is $35
Register: Thin Mint Sprint or Tagalong Trot or Samoa Challenge
5. PB & J Run 10K 5K and 15K Challenge
All 15K runners must register online by 9/1/17 to receive an extra perk: Zensha socks!
Take a look below at the PB&J sandwich medal and race shirt. The first 100 finishers in the 5K and 10K races will receive the cooler bag.
The closed-course, chip-timed PB&J 5K/10K will kick-off from beautiful Coachman Park. The event includes a post-race expo with interactive vendors, music, and complimentary food and drinks for all runners.
100% of proceeds from the race will benefit Pinellas County children through the services of local 501(c)(3) non-profit Directions for Living.
I couldn't find the packet pickup info. You can check their Facebook page, or PBJRun.com for more information.
5K is $20; 10K is $25; 15K Challenge is $35
Register: PB&J 5K 10K and 15K Challenge
Bonus Cookie Round!
Cookies for the Cure – 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
There is a 5K, 10K, 15K Challenge and Virtual Race: $15-$55.
Ovarian Cancer survivors race for free. Youth entries are discounted.
Register: Step Closer to the Cure 5K 10K 1Miler or 15K Challenge
December weather in Florida can be fickle.
Sometimes it's cool, but last year, it was definitely hot. It was 16º degrees hotter than normal on race day!
The temperature at 2016's 15K start was 75º and rose into the mid 80s before the race was done.
It will get cool eventually in Florida, and when it does you’re going to be happy with the new Hot Chocolate Race long sleeve jacket.
All participants, 5K and 15K, receive a jewel-tone pullover. The long sleeve quarter zip is made of soft, tech material. It’s going to be a favorite winter wearable when you run. There are thumbholes and a zippered chest pocket. The Hot Chocolate race logo shows the world you're willing to run for chocolate in style.
The 2017-18 medal for the 15K is half an inch wider and half an inch taller.
It has a city specific charm/keychain that hangs from the medal.
The bling looks like a beautiful bar of chocolate wrapped in gold foil. It’s going to look great on you!
The fun continues after the race with the unique and delicious #HC15K finishers mug filled with hot chocolate and lots of goodies to dip in the chocolate fondue. Yum!
After your race, you can pose with the giant Hot Chocolate inflatables and the little ones can play in a Kid Zone stocked with an obstacle course, bounce house, and games.
I'll see you at the starting line!
How would you like to design the 2018 finisher medal for a Best Damn Race?
Yesterday, the Best Damn Race announced it is accepting submissions for the Jacksonville, Safety Harbor and Orlando races until July 1, 2017.
Get out your sketch pad or mouse and start designing. If your idea is chosen for the medal, you'll receive bragging rights plus TWO FREE race entries.
The Madeira Beach 5K Sunset Series is
presented by RaceHawk.com.
Friday nights at 7:15 pm
John's Pass Park Shelter
12901 Gulf Blvd Madeira Beach, FL
$65 for 3 race series
$25 each, early registration
$35 each, on race day
All registered runners receive:
June 16: Mens/Womens Tank Top
July 7: Beach Towel
Aug 4: Trucker Hat
Free parking at John's Pass Park is first come, first served. There is paid parking at John's Pass Village, and a city lot north of the race start. Don't park illegally, or you'll be towed — and that's expensive, inconvenient and no fun.
Location: Sand Key Park
(Behind Sheraton Sand Key)
1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
There are 4 races in the series:
June 9, June 23, July 14 and August 11.
Kids Fun Run at 6:45 pm is FREE
5K race at 7:00pm
$20 each race with no shirt
$25 each race, with shirt
$50 series of 4 races with shirt
Three Races — Fridays at 7 pm
June 23, July 21 and August 18
Chip-timed 5K beach races.
Free Kids Fun Run at 6:30 pm.
Location: The Hurricane Restaurant
809 Gulf Way (Pass-A-Grille)
St. Pete Beach, FL
$40 each: Individual Races
$85: 3 Race Series
$25 each: Virtual Race
Virtual Run: Can’t make it on race day? Sign up for the virtual run and we will mail you a race t-shirt.
All pre-registered runners receive a finisher medal and race shirt. Runners who complete the entire 5k race series will get an additional commemorative award.
FREE Kids 200m Fun Run
6:30 pm before the 5K race.
All kids run participants receive
a race bib and a finisher medal!
The Inaugural event will include a variety of race events, and a two-day health and fitness market along the downtown waterfront.
Lil' Shrimp and PeliKids Youth Runs are for kids age 1 to 13. The 5K is open to age 8 and older. Relay runners must be at least 10. The half marathon is open to anyone 12 or older.
Runners and walkers are welcome for all events. Time limits were extended to appeal to walkers. For example, the Half Marathon time limit is 3.5 hours, which translates to a 16 minute/mile pace. Another option is to run the Half Marathon as a two-person relay; each person runs a 10K.
There is a Dolphin Double Challenge for runners who want to run both the 5K and Half on Sunday morning.
Jordan remarked that runner feedback indicates trinkets and amenities are important to participants.
So, in addition to the reusable water bottle at the half marathon finish, runners will earn big, shiny, unique medals. (Think spinners.)
The Dolphin Double runners will receive 3 medals for their efforts.
This is where you'll find me writing instead of running.
2015 Fort DeSoto 15K
2015 Honeymoon Half
2015 Weedon Trail 8K
2016 Bradenton Half
2016 Cocoa Bch Half
2016 Ft Desoto 15k
2016 Hot Chocolate 15K
2016 Jingle Bell Run 4k
2016 One Step Closer 10K
2016 Ronnie's Run 10K
2016 SPB Classic
2016 Tampa Flavor Run
2016 Weedon Trail 8K
2017 BDR Leftover 5k
2017 Bolt Run 5K/5Mi
2017 First Watch Half
2017 FL Beach Halfathon
2017 Heroes 5k/10K
2017 Hot Chocolate 15K
2017 Kettle Krush 5K
2017 May Day Race 10K
2017 Race For Cupcake
2017 Robinson Preserve
2017 Run For All Children 10K
2017 Sarasota Music Half
2017 Sept Races
2017 St Pete Beach Classic
2017 St Pete Grand Prix 5K
2017 St Pete Run Fest
2017 Sunset 5K Series
2017 TPA5K On Runway
2018 Best Damn Races
Cupid's Undie Run
#Earthathon Running Relay
Food Themed Races
Frugal Fitness Hacks
How To Run In Hot Weather
Race Medal Design Contest
Running In The Rain
Tampa Bay Parks
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