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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