The second race of the Madeira Beach 5K Sunset Series was Friday, July 7th at 7:15 pm. It was even better than the first race. Weather in the city was 92°, but out on the beach the temp dropped to 80°. However, the humidity was a muggy 82%. It was a sweaty, sweaty run, as expected.
The change I appreciated the most was that the tide was out farther than the first race. There was a wide berth of packed, wet sand to run on. This made it easier to move down the beach, and put us closer to occasional bursts of cool air off the water. It also meant less weaving between and around other beach goers.
I ran/walked the race with a friend. The slower pace gave us time to visit as we made our way up the beach and back.
I did have a burst of competitiveness at the end of the race. Another runner tried to pass us, and I realized I wanted to beat her.
As she tried to pass us, I said, "Oh no, I can't have this."
She smiled and said, "But I'm late, and my husband is waiting for me."
We laughed, and I kicked it in for the remaining 50 yards to beat her. It was a fun end to a relaxed run.
Want to try a Beach 5K? Sign up for the Last Race in the Series on Friday, August 4th.
Mark your calendar for the last race in this beach series. You can register online at https://madeirabeach5k.racehawk.com/ or in person before the race from 5:15-7:00 at John's Pass Beach Park Shelter (12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach).
It's a fun race for a great cause — VIPWarriors.org. Besides the chip-timed race, runners receive a trucker hat and post-race party at Hooters in John's Pass. Series awards will be presented after the race.
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Register online, or on site at the John's Pass Beach Park Shelter, starting at 5:15 pm. The race begins on the beach at 7:15 pm. Come see the sunset and support the VIPWarriors.org! If you can't run this Friday, mark your calendar and run race #3 on August 4th. Sign up to run on the RaceHawk website.
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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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