The run BEFORE the parade! 175,000+ cheering spectators along beautiful, tree-lined, Manatee Avenue make this a unique 5k experience.
Runners will race an out-and-back course along the route of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society Heritage Festival Grand Parade on Manatee Avenue down to around 37th St W and back to downtown Old Main. This is one of the most spectacular parades in the southeastern United States. The start and finish line are directly in front of O'Bricks Grille.
Located on Downtown Main St This Year!
-Runners & Walkers Welcome!
-Prerace warm-up provided by Anytime Fitness
-Port-o-lets & prerace water available in race area prior to start
-Awards for overall finishers and all age Group Awards (available for pick-up as results post): Overall, Masters 40+, Grand Masters 50+, Senior Grand Masters 60+, Veteran Grand Masters 70+; 3 deep in age groups 9 & Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19 & 5 year age groups 20-24 to 80+
-Premium Shirts (Unisex, Ladies)
-Great post-race food, Water, SHAVED ICE!
-DJ to pump you up, play great music and annouce winners
-Very Good Door Prizes!
-Lots of Parking (3rd/12th Lot, Parking Structures and More)
-Water misters on the course and at the finish line!
After party will be located again at Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom. All runners of age will recieve a free craft beer with the special tear off from their bibs. They will have great food and live music so come on out and enjoy!
Shirts and sizes guaranteed to runners preregistering on/before April 20th (those after or on day of race receive shirts & sizes as available) Registration will be open during packet pick up and race day. However, shirts are only guaranteed to those who register prior to the deadline.
- Volunteer Note: We are currently seeking volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer link for a more detailed description of where we need help and when. Without you, there can be no race! (Students in need of volunteer hours for scholarships are eligible and will receive a signed letter from the club verifying hours.)
So where does your money go???
100% of your money (after race expenses are deducted) go to support local student running athletes. The De Soto Grand Parade 5k benefits the Bradenton Runners Club student athletic program which awards scholarships to high school seniors and financial aid to students wishing to attend summer running camps. Please visit our website www.bradentonrunnersclub.com for more information. We are 100% non-profit and our races are supported 100% by volunteers.