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Runs and races planned around Pinellas
Article published on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
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Make a Splash 5K
ST. PETE BEACH – The youth of Pass a Grille Community Church, PAG will host the third annual Make a Splash 5K Run and 1K Family Fun Run on Pass -A-Grille Beach Sunday, March 2. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K run, followed at 8 a.m. with the 1K family fun run on the beach at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way.

Festivities continue into the afternoon at Hurley Park where organizers will have carnival-themed activities from cupcake decorating and face painting, to a bounce house and balloon animals.

Admission is free and includes access to the park, the vendor area for food and merchandise, the entertainment area and the silent auction. Additional children’s activities are offered at varied small fees. There will be a raffle for an iPad as well as a barbecue grill.

The event raises funds for the senior high youth mission program at the church. Later this year, 45 youth will travel to Pocahontas, Va., to rebuild and repair homes for a community in need. To register for the race, visit www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=F02V2J7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/makeasplash5k.

Cupcake 5K
ST. PETE BEACH – Registration is underway for the second annual Cupcake 5K run set Saturday, March 22, 8 a.m., on the beach at Pass-A-Grille. The race is under the direction of local sixth-grader Jake Schultz. All proceeds go to RiseUp! St. Pete.

New this year, Jake will be giving away raffle prizes and additional age group awards have been added to the lineup. Unique cupcake awards will be given to the top male/female, top master male/female, and three deep age group awards.

The course, adjacent to Hurley Park on 16th Avenue and Gulf Way, is a 3.1-mile out and back course on the hard-packed area of sand near the water’s edge. Bibs and T-shirts will be available for pick up on Friday, March 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Fit2Run, St. Pete, 256 Second Ave. N., and on race morning 6 to 7:45 a.m. at Hurley Park. To register, go to www.raceforthecupcake.com or active.com.

Seminole Stampede
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Stampede 5K and 1-mile run will be held Saturday, March 22, 8 a.m., at Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. Cost to register is $20 per individual for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile run. After March 20, the price increases by $5 for each run.

This is the 21st year of the Seminole Stampede, which originated as a way to commemorate the grand opening of the 102nd Avenue bridge. The following year, the Stampede was moved to Walsingham Park for its opening. The Stampede trail, which runs along the lake and through the park, has been certified and a professional chip timer is on the scene to ensure accuracy of the winners at the event.

Sponsors and volunteers also are being sought for the event. Already committed with funds or in-kind donations are Allen Sports Center, American Woman Fitness Center, Chick-fil-A Seminole Plaza, Cornerstone Community Bank, Cruise Planners, Inside Homes Cleaning and More, Seminole First Baptist Church, Superior Uniform Group, Rotary Club of Seminole Lake and Rotary Club of Seminole, Tampa Bay Newspapers Inc., DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A./Seminole Title Co., Waste Management of Pinellas and Weichert Realty.

Those interested in signing up can stop by the Chamber office, 7985 113th St. N., Suite 208, call 392-3245 to have an application emailed or register online at www.active.com.

Gulfside Gallop 5K run/walk
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association will be holding the 15th Annual Guppy’s Gulfside Gallop 5K run/walk fundraiser on Friday, April 4. The sunset run will raise money for the many civic projects funded by the Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association. The race will be held directly on the beach, behind the county park at 1700 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.

The park is a mile north of Walsingham Road and a mile south of Belleair Causeway. The beach race starts and finishes at the park. Runners proceed south along the water’s edge to the 1-mile or 5K sign and return northbound to the county park, tracked with bib transponder timing chips, sponsored by Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. and the race begins at 6:30 p.m. The registration fee is $20 before April 1 or $25 the day of the race. All participants registered by March 25 are guaranteed a race T-shirt. All fitness levels are welcome. This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy. Register online or download an application at IRBhome.com.

The race will be followed by a fun beach party to include age group awards and prizes, live music by Trio, food vendors, beer and wine, a massage tent, sporting goods vendors, a kids area and more. Everyone is welcome to attend the after party, even if you don’t run. Packet pick-up for the race will be Wednesday, April 2, through Friday, April 4, at Clever Training, 1519 Gulf Blvd. Indian Rocks Beach. Call 213-0008.

Iron Girl 5K and half marathon
CLEARWATER – Registration is open for the Iron Girl 5K and half marathon race, set for Sunday, April 13, starting and finishing at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m. and the 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.

Cost of registration for this women’s-only event is $40 through Sunday, April 6, which includes a women’s-sized T-shirt, personalized bib number, finisher’s medal, and other goodies. In order to have your name on your bib number, participants must register by Sunday, March 23. Cost of registry at packet pick-up locations and at the expo will be $50.

There is also an option for 5K mother/daughter two-person teams. Cost is $80 until Sunday, April 6, or $100 at packet pick-up locations and the expo. Runners must be at least 14 years old to participate in the half marathon. There is a four-hour cutoff time for the half marathon and one must be able to maintain an 18:18-minute per mile pace or faster for the half marathon. The 5K runners and walkers must finish in 75 minutes or less.

Milestone Jewelry will present a special piece of Iron Girl jewelry to the top three finishers in each age group and top three mother/daughter teams. Strollers, inline skates, rollerblades, bicycles and dogs are not allowed on either race course at any time. The use of personal music devices is discouraged.

There will be a post-race catered breakfast café, professional timing, and post-race giveaways.

Visit www.irongirl.com.
Article published on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
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