What You Need to Know
Packet Pickup: Pickup was available on Wednesday at Apogee CrossFit in Gibsonton; Thursday and Friday at St. Pete Fit2Run. Packet pickup was available on race morning before the race. No expo.
Race Course: The course is paved parking lot, roads and trails. No sand or dirt.
Pacers: Yes! Lots of pacers. I saw 8 to 13 minute pacers.
Aid Stations: Five water / Gatorade stops throughout the course.
Parking: Easy and free parking was in a lot near the starting line.
Park Entry Fee: The $5 Fort DeSoto Park entry fee was waived on race morning.
Restrooms: There are two permanent park restrooms near the starting line. There are several restrooms along the race course. No port-o-lets.
Cost: 10 mile $50. 5K $25, 1 mile $15 before September increase. Prices are discounted if you register early.
SWAG (Stuff we all get): All runners received a short sleeve tech race shirt and bib. Ladies shirt is v-neck. Mens is traditional round neckline. The race shirt is very light weight and a nice length.
Race packets included Munk Pack fuel, SweatX detergent, a ClifBar, BioFreeze, Light Load Towel, and discount coupons to Burger Monger, SportsClips and AnyTime Fitness. The race bib had a coupon for 10% off a regular priced item at Fit2Run.
Surprise: Moving opening ceremonies. I am so impressed that the race, with all it's sponsors and goodwill, came from one mother's love for her son.
Post Race Festivities: The post race food was a 3-course breakfast served under the shelter. There was plenty of cold water, TruMoo chocolate milk, bananas, etc.
Runners could peruse the sponsor tents, take a chance on winning a beach cruiser bike, listen to a DJ from Spirit FM 90.5 radio station, and watch the winners receive their prizes.
Photos: Free digital photos were advertised as part of the package. I did see a couple of photographers along the course and at the finish line. I haven't seen photos posted or available to runners yet. I'll keep watching the Ronnie's Run Facebook Page. (UPDATE: Photos were posted on 11/30/16.)
Awards: Winners 3 deep in each age group received awards and gift certificates. Prizes and medals for overall winners.
Timing Chip: Disposable chip on race bib.
Race Results: The results were posted by early afternoon at FloridaRoadRace.com
Weather Report: It was 63º at start.
-> Mostly sunny.
-> Slight breeze.
-> Temp was 77º at the finish.
I really enjoyed this race, but am rating it a bit low because the course was short. I will definitely run it again.
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