I love running in new places. Throw in a shirt, medal and a beer, and I'm giddy.
Well, you can color me completely happy after the Par4Miler at Innisbrook Resort on Sunday, March 5th. It was a charming event!
The 4 mile race on the cart paths of the Copperhead Course raised money for charity, offered participants a behind the scenes sneak peek of the Valspar Championship, AND gave everyone a voucher for a free can of Valspar interior paint.
The post-race party was in a hospitality tent. Finishers enjoyed pizza, brownies, granola bars, protein shakes, beer, wine and soda with a view of the 18th green.
The #Par4Miler was the official kickoff for the #ValsparChampionship golf tournament taking place March 6-12.
Full race review available ---> here!
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Have you heard about Cupid's Undie Run? St. Pete had one on Valentine's Day. I love everything about the race: great cause (Children's Tumor Fund), clever slogan (#ImWithCupid), and a street party atmosphere. I'm shy and older, so running in my undies in public is out for me. But, the idea of a unique race is appealing. It's fun to try new locations and events.
This March is the perfect month to cash in on your training to earn something extra when you race. I created a list of local races with unique themes and locations.
Find a new race on the list below, and use it to stay motivated. Distances range from Fun Runs to Half Marathons.
Would You Run for a Cupcake?
That sounds like a Dr. Seuss title, doesn't it? But why not race for a cupcake? You'll earn it after running a sandy 5K on the beach at Pass-a-Grille.
Fore! Four! Golf and Running Mix at Valspar
Sunday, March 6, 2017. 4:00 pm
Par4Miler at Innisbrook Resort, $25-30
Option to purchase discounted golf tournament tickets. Palm Harbor, FL
How often do you get to run where the pros play golf? This race course is on the cart paths at the beautiful Copperhead Course. The race kicks off the 2017 Valspar Championship Golf Tournament. Finishers receive a voucher for Valspar paint, a medal, shirt and post-race party by the 18th green.
Bonus: Runners can purchase discounted tickets for the Valspar Championship. The race benefits Moffitt Cancer Center. Read my 2/15/17 blog post for more details.
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VROOM! VROOM! Run the Grand Prix Track
#GrandPrixStPete5K #RunStPete #5K #ThisOldRunner #FirestoneGrandPrix #PALStPete #MBA
Be the Thunder! Run with the Lightning Bug
Saturday, March 11, 2017. 7:00 am
Bolt Run 1 mile, 5K and 5 Miler. $30-$65 Team entries available. Tampa, FL
The Lightning Foundation sponsors this race that starts and finishes where the Tampa Bay Bolts play hockey— Amalie Arena.
Each registered participant receives: One ticket to the March 11th game vs Florida, or March 21st vs Arizona, or two tickets to a Tampa Bay Storm game; race t-shirt; pre/post-race activities with food & drinks; race goodie bag. 5k and 5 Miler finishers receive a medal. Proceeds benefit local charities. Lightning Bug, the hockey team mascot, runs with the kids.
#BoltRun #AmalieArena #5K #5Miler #BeTheThunder #ThisOldRunner #LightningFoundation
King of the Beach! Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K at Fort DeSoto Park
#FloridaHalf #Beachathon #FortDeSotoHalf #ThisOldRunner #StarfishMedal #FloridaRoadRaces
Spring Break in Sarasota! First Watch is the Last Half in the Florida Storm Series
#FloridaHalf #2PersonRelay #SarasotaHalf #ThisOldRunner #DolphinMedal #Florida #FirstWatch
5K & 10K Memorial Runs to Honor Fallen Heroes of St. Pete Police
Twilight Celebration 5K & 10K Races at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton
Friday, March 31, 2017. 6:30 pm
Fit2Run Twilight 5K and 10K Run, $35-$40
Kids' Races for ages 3 to 12 years start at 5:30 pm
Robinson Preserve, Bradenton, FL
Challenging course on trails and boardwalks surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife. 5 corrals based on finish time. Walkers, strollers, and runners with dogs are welcome in last corral. Fit2Run after party features catered food, refreshments, live music and adult beverages (with proper ID). Awards include prize money distributed to top three M/F finishers in each race. Age group awards. Medals to kids. 5K is chip timed. Family friendly event. Proceeds benefit Feeding Empty Little Tummies, a backpack program to feed homeless Manatee County children on weekends, and the Preserve.
#RobinsonPreserve #TwilightRun #5K #10K #Bradenton #RunStPete #ThisOldRunner #Fit2Run
2nd Annual Race Adds Charity, Celebrities
The 2017 Par4Miler race at the Valspar Championship has joined with two local organizations to help others. HSN Cares is a named sponsor, and proceeds from the race will benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center. HSN Cares is the philanthropic arm of St. Petersburg's Home Shopping Network. Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is a nonprofit cancer treatment and research center in Tampa.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Ronde Barber, ran the inaugural race in 2016. This year Ronde returns with his twin brother, Tiki, a former running back for the New York Giants. Ronde ran 4 miles in 32:34 last year. Can you run his pace? Can Tiki?
Registration and Perks
The early bird price was $35 until 1/31/17. There were some discounts on Groundhog's Day and Valentine's Day, so watch social media and the website for details. If you put together a team of 5+ or 10+ racers, there are additional discounts.
• Tech or Cotton Shirt
• Free Race Photos
• Finishers Medal
• Valspar Paint Voucher
• Post Race Party in 18th Green Hospitality Tent
• Discounted Valspar Championship Tickets
Schedule of Events
Friday, March 3rd - 2 to 6 pm
BB&T Bank, 350 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770
Race Day Schedule
Sunday, March 5th - 2 to 4 pm
Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
2 to 4 pm - Packet Pickup
4 pm - Race Start
4: 30 to 7 pm - Post Race Party, 18th Green
If you love running and golf, this is the race for you. Get an insider view of the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Golf Resort as you run or walk the cart paths, and enjoy the post race party at the 18th green. If you take advantage of the discounted Valspar Championship tickets, you can come back to see the pros compete where you ran!
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Want to Run the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook?
Here's your chance! Registration opens on November 1 for the second running of the Valspar Championship Par4Miler.
The race takes place at 4 pm on Sunday, March 5 — the day before the golf tournament begins. Racers have the unique opportunity to run on the cart paths through the golf course.
Registration ($35) includes the race, tshirt, medal, after party and a voucher for a can of Valspar paint. PLUS, the chance to purchase a ticket to the Valspar Championship golf tournament at Innisbrook Golf Resort for just $20.
11/4/16 NOTE: This post has been updated with new 2017 race details.
(Photo credit: par4miler.com)
Registration opens Tuesday, November 1st. Details on the Par4Miler website. Here are a couple of views from last year's inaugural race:
(Photo credit: par4miler.com)
(Photo credit: par4miler.com)
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