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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.

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When and Where
Event Date:
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Event Location:
Winter Haven, Florida

WHPD 5k (for Special Olympics Florida)

This event is brought to you by the Winter Haven Police Department and all of the proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

***This event is rain or shine.  There will be no refunds issued for registered participants who do not come to the event.  If you are unable to come, you will still be able to pick up your shirt and finisher medal at the police department after the event (we will just swap your category to VIRTUAL).  If you would prefer to transfer your registration to another person, you will be able to do that through active.com or by emailing us at whpd5k@gmail.com. Thank you for your understanding.***

The course is in downtown Winter Haven beginning in the area of the library and continuing around the beautiful Lake Silver. 

The race entry fee includes a Special Olympics Torch Run t-shirt (cotton or dri-fit).  We also have a limited number of DRI FIT RACERBACK tanks for ladies (choose the dri-fit registration option, then TANK will be available at shirt selection).

We have FINISHER medals for all 5k participants! You CAN walk the 5k if you’d like to earn a finisher medal (1 milers do not receive a finisher medal which is reflected in the price difference).

Special Olympics athletes will also be in attendance to cheer you on at the start! Vendors will be at the finish line along with music and snacks. 


*** UNAVAILABLE ON RACE DAY?   There is also a VIRTUAL run.  Register for the virtual run if you are unavailable on race day. We will send you your shirt and medal, and you can run anywhere you like!  Packets will be mailed or dropped off after the event date.


Event details and schedule

Packet pick up:  

Friday, March 13, 2020, between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Winter Haven Library (325 Ave. A NW).  ****Please note, this has changed from the Winter Haven Police Department.  We will be setting up in the library again this year.


Day of packet pick up:  March 14, 2020 beginning at 6:30 AM at the library.


Parking:  Please utilize the Winter Haven Parking Garage, located on the corner of 3rd St. NW and Ave. A NW.  Please do NOT park around Central Park (between Ave. A NW and Central Ave.).

Event details:  The 5k starts at 8:00 AM.  The 1 Mile Walk will begin at 8:05 AM.

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