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No matter if it is your first 5K race or your hundredth, when you register for a 5K race it will keep you motivated and on task to reach your goal of running a successful 5K race. By actually setting up a date on your calendar, you pinpoint the time that you have to be ready to step on that starting line of your 5K race.

Prepare a training schedule immediately after booking your 5K race. New runners should begin with light training and build into a longer running routine.

Fort Hamer Bridge 5K/10K Run 2nd Annual

Join us for the 2nd Annual Fort Hamer Bridge 5K/10K. Race event commences at 7:30 am sharp by the Fort Hamer Rowing Facility and goes over Fort Hamer Bridge to the south side and then turns back into the beautiful The Islands of the Manatee River Subdivision. There will be chip timing by Lakeshore Athletic Service providers to the Chicago Marathon, colorful safety yellow moisture wicking Leslie Jordan shirts. Special crafted awards to winners and categories three deep from 9 & under to 80+. Great after party with adult beverages with proper I.D. All 5K/10K finishers receive signature Ft Hamer Bridge medal neck/key chain medals crafted by Ashworth medals providers for the Boston Marathon. (you definitely want this commemorative momento)

Plenty of water stops are planned to keep you hydrated. 

The children participating in all races will be treated to a special Kid's Zone with face painter, bounce houses, and special buffet all provided by the Manatee County YMCA.

After race festivities include Under River actiivities:

Manatee County Youth Rowing will be hosting an open house and will have coaches, athletes and parents available for questions about fall, spring and summer programs. Athletes will give tours of the boathouse. Boats will be set up so that race participants can see the boats up close and learn the basics of the boats. ERG's (rowing machines) will be set up for simulating rowing experience. So enjoy an adventure with Manatee River Kayak and Paddleboard operated out of Fort Hamer Park in Parrish. Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented to enjoy the beauty of the Manatee River while supporting a great local sports organization - Manatee County Youth Rowing (MCYR)

Event details and schedule

Early packet pick-up and registration commences at the Parrish YMCA Saturday 8/18 9:00 am to 5:00 pm then at Fit2Run UTC Mall next to Dillard's Sunday 8/19 to Thursday 8/23 store hours. Race day 8/25 at 6:00 am

  • 6:00 am Registration & packet pick up
  • 6:40 am Kid's River Dash warm-ups
  • 6:45 am 3-4 yrs run 100 meters
  • 6:47 am 5-6 yrs run 200 meters
  • 6:49 am 7-9 yrs run 400 meters
  • 6:55 am 10-12 yrs run 800 meters
  • Note: Kid's registered for the 5K/10K can run the River Dashes for free! All children receive a finishers medal and chance to win an engraved trophy Boy/Girl three deep all ages
  • 7:30 am 5K/10K Race
  • 7:35 am One Mile Walk
  • 8:30 am 5K awards
  • 9:00 am Ribbon Cutting Bridge opening
  • 9:00 am 10K awards

Crafted 6" award tiles to winners of 5K/10K & Fit2Run ($100) gift certificates; 6" award tiles to M/F Masters; Grand Masters; Sr. Grand Masters, & Veterans. 4" crafted award tiles to categories three deep 9 & under; 10 to 14; 15 to 19 and five year increments up to 80+

Parking on the north side of the bridge and nearby areas. Parking Volunteers to guide you to appropriate areas.

Proceeds totally support the Parrish YMCA; Parrish Foundation; and Manatee County Youth Rowing all are 501 (c) (3) charities supporting youth programs

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