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Friday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. Registration starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Health Parkway Lakewood Ranch Medical Center parking lot, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. 5K runners receive a chip imbedded bib for the Run. Race starts and finishes here. Registration, shirt, bells, laces, and bib pick up at Fit2Run, University Center, University Park 34201 (941) 358-5100 during store hours from Saturday December 15th through Thursday December 20th.
The 5K is chip timed by the Lakeshore Athletic Services (timing service for the Chicago Marathon). Follows a route from Health Parkway onto Town Center parkway as a festive holiday run with live music on the way out and back, elf attired course marshals, Santa Water Stops, then finishes to a huge post race party. The party is fully catered and features adult beverages with proper ID. In addition there will be a mini health fair. The one mile walk follows a less challenging up and back course.
The Kids? Santa Dashes commence at 6:00 p.m. and feature races for children of all ages: The 3-4 year olds run 100 meters, the 5-6 year olds run 200 meters, the 7-9 year olds run 400 meters, and the 10-12 year olds run 800 meters. (Children participating in the 5K can also run in the children?s Santa Dashes). All children receive a special Jingle t-shirt, finisher?s medal, bib and goody bag. Top 3 finishers in all age categories receive custom trophies.
Awards: Top Male/Female finishers receive New Balance running shoes courtesy of Fit2Run. Custom plaques and gift certificates will be awarded to M/F Master, Grand Master, Sr. Grand Master, Veteran runners. Age group awards 3 deep 14 and under, 15-19,20-24, and five-year intervals to 80+.
First 2,000 adult participants receive a Leslie Jordan ?Dri-Fit? collector?s Jingle 5K long Sleeve t-shirt. All others receive a commemorative high quality cotton shirt. In addition all participants receive Jingle shoe laces and bells to jingle with a beat. 5K runners receive a commemorative Jingle bib with a timing chip imbedded.