The organizers of the Best Damn Race series thought of a wonderful way to use the medals and shirts they had left over from previous races.
They created a 5K event where participants choose their race shirt and finishers medal from a selection of 10-20 past races.
The medals were from 5K, 10K and Half Marathons held in Safety Harbor, Orlando, Jacksonville and Cape Coral from 2013-2016. Next year, medals and shirts from the 2017 races will be added to the selection. (I'm looking for a New Orleans shirt next time.)
The run on the first Saturday in June was several weeks after race season ended — about the time runners are itching for one more event before the real heat of Summer.
The waterfront and downtown streets of Safety Harbor made it a scenic, peaceful race course.
There were two waves of runners. Wave 1 was for people finishing the 5K in under 30 minutes. Wave 2 was for everyone else.
What You Need to Know
Cost: Registration began on March 29 at just $9 for the first 500 runners.
Blitz Registration: $9-19
Race Week: $25
The Best Damn Race bases pricing on the number of entries, not the date.
1 – 500 = $9
501 – 1,000 = $13
1,000 – 1,500 = $16
1,500 – 2,000 = $19
2,000+ or Race Week = $25
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup was on Friday afternoon from 3-7 pm at Dick's Sporting Goods in Westshore Plaza in Tampa. Pick up was available on race morning at the park.
SWAG: Choice of quality short sleeve tech shirt from a previous Best Damn Race. The shirts were organized by size in clear bins at pick up. After getting your bib, you could go through the bins and choose your shirt. I picked up early on Friday and easily found the shirt I wanted.
Also available: BDR temporary tattoos, which were fun. I saw a bunch of tattooed runners at the race.
Race Day Parking: Parking was FREE on the streets of Safety Harbor, at the school and library. BDR provided a map and clear directions on where to find free parking. I parked at the library and probably walked a quarter mile to the starting line.
My Race Recap