Summer in Florida means it's time to double the SPF on your sunscreen, and find ways to keep training despite the higher temperatures.
If races help you focus, how about running a few 5Ks on the beach? (It's always cooler on the beach!) There are three nearby beach sunset series this summer: Madeira Beach, Pass-A-Grille and Sand Key.
The Madeira Beach race series helps VIPwarriors.org. "VIP Warriors is a Central Florida/Tampa Bay wounded veteran athletic organization that engages wounded veterans and their families of all branches and combat eras, in the participation of endurance sports. All levels of athletes are welcome. Veterans helping veterans through the healing process through the camaraderie is of training and competing in endurance sports, to include triathlons, cycling, marathons, mud run/obstacle courses."
If you live north of St. Petersburg, you may want to choose the 5k series hosted by the West Florida Y Runners Club at Sand Key Park in Clearwater.
Registration: Online at www.SignMeUp.com/119685.
Registration and Packet Pick Up on site on race day beginning at 5:45 pm.
All races begin and end on the sand behind the Sheraton Sand Key. It’s an out and back course through Sand Key Park. Parking available at the Sheraton.
Packet Pick Up:
Wed., 5:00pm – 7:00pm at St. Pete Running Company
Thurs., 11:00am – 7:00pm at St. Pete Running Company
5:00-7:00 pm at race. Registration available on site on race day.
Post Race Party: For all participants includes a free buffet from the Hurricane Restaurant, adult beverages (with proper I.D.), soda, water, live DJ and a spectacular sunset. St. Pete Running Company gift certificate awards at every race for Top 3 overall male/female; top three in age group, 14 and under, 15-19 and five year increments to 70+.
Directions: North or south I-275 go west to exit 54th Ave S Route 682 (Pinellas Bayway) to Gulf Boulevard and south to Pass-A-Grille on 9th Avenue and Gulf Way. Plentiful metered parking available.
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Ryan Jordan, one of the owners of the new #StPeteRunFest event spoke to One Million Cups #1MCSTP last week, and everything he had to say about the inaugural St. Pete Run Fest made me happy.
Year-Round Community Engagement
Jordan told the audience that his company (EndorFun Sports) wants this event to be engaged in the community 365 days a year.
The two-day festival will partner with the city, 3 Daughters Brewing, Saturday Morning Market, BigSea Design, St Pete Threads, local charities, schools and businesses to engage as much of the community as possible.
Visit StPeteRunFest.org to see how you can participate as an individual runner, team member, or volunteer. The event is November 18-19, 2017 in St. Petersburg, FL.
A Two-Day Run Festival with Something for Everyone
Run or Walk to Support Local Charities
Money raised by the race will stay in the community. 5K runners will support the Miles for Meals Program — a dollar for each mile run/walked (up to $3) will be donated to the St Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank. Additional donations can be made online when registering for races.
Jordan said the Half Marathon will give local charities the opportunity to be involved in the race and receive a donation with a "13 miles, 13 charities" plan.
Healthy Kids Challenge
I love the idea of the PeliKids Marathon Challenge. It's a one mile race for school age kids (K-8). The young runners log 25.2 miles at home or at school before the race, then complete their marathon on Saturday of race weekend by running the PeliKids One Miler for a total of 26.2 miles.
Running Tour of Downtown St. Petersburg
The half marathon is a great way to see everything new and exciting that is happening in downtown.
The race course embraces the waterfront, downtown, the arts districts, Tropicana Field and the Pinellas Trail. If you haven't been to St. Pete lately, you haven't been to St. Pete.
Creating an Ocean Friendly Event
Okay, I think this may be my favorite part. Jordan told the audience the race organizers were inspired by how the National Parks Race Series uses a cup free system. HydraPour uses a reusable water pouch and speedy filling stations to distribute water to runners — eliminating all the trash and tripping hazards of disposable cups. Bonus: you can sip your water as needed, rather than gulping it in time to toss your cup into the trash can.
Jordan said the inaugural year will be a combo of HydraPour and recyclable cups. He said he is working with the Suncoast Chapter Surf Rider Foundation to make this an Ocean Friendly event.
Additionally, half marathon runners will receive a reusable water bottle at the finish line. Love it!
Did You Want Some Bling with That Race?
Will St. Pete Get its Own Version of a Gasparilla Classic?
Jordan said the vision is to create St. Pete's version of the Gasparilla Classic — a world class event that brings people from around the country to run, stay and play in our city. For reference: the Gasparilla Distance Classic attracts 40,000 runners.
It may take a few years, but the energy and vision of the #StPeteRunFest owners, partners and the city of St. Petersburg make me believe it will happen. I'll be running, and rooting for everyone's success.
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It's getting hot around here. That means it's time to review how to stay cool while running in hot weather.
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