2020 "Virtual" Run From The Rays 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk, Presented by Vertical Bridge

Sun April 26, 2020 Boca Raton, FL 33431 US Directions
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RunFromTheRays/.

1000 Spanish River Blvd
Boca Raton, FL US 33431


THANK YOU to everyone who has registered and donated to our 8th Annual (and 1st 100% Virtual!) Run From The Rays!   At this time, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  You all have made this unusual time memorable and meaningful, and for that we are truly appreciative. Sunday morning, starting at 6:50am, we will be on our Facebook page with our Virtual Run Start. Please plan on joining us! More updates tomorrow, but once again THANK YOU ALL!


Good Afternoon! 
We just wanted to give an update to let you know that all of the race t-shirts and awesome medals were sent Priority Mail by the USPS on Friday, April 17, so be on the lookout for them. Some people have already received their package, though we were told at the post office that there could be delays even for Priority Mail, so please be a little patient . Don't forget to post your photo on the SafeSun/Run From The Rays Facebook page with the hashtag #SelfieForSafeSun, or email it to fnachlas@aol.com, in order to be eligible for the $10 Starbucks gift card (donated by Drs. Nachlas and Hancock of The Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton) and also the $10 Runner's Edge gift card (donated by Tom Vladimir at Runners Edge). These will be mailed out the week of April 27, but you must post your photo by 8pm on Sunday, April 26th!  We have around 30 spots left for registration at this time for a guaranteed medal and t-shirt.  Once again, a huge THANK YOU for your dedication and support of SafeSun's mission! If the park re-opens this week for limited use then we will post the map of the run course, but until then........
Stay Healthy. Stay Safe. See everyone on the road soon!




Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the start of another stay-at-home weekend!  Just a few updates for today..I'll start off by saying that you do NOT need to send PROOF that you actually run/walk your 5K or 1 Mile, as there is no official timing or awards. Since the park is closed at this time, we won't be posting the course map because no one is allowed to run in the park. 'Where' and 'When' you choose to do your run/walk is up to you. Make sure you watch out for traffic, and stay safe!  As stated in the March 13 update, if you post a photo on SafeSun/Run From The Rays Facebook page (or email one) during your run/walk, then we will send you your extra incentives from Runner's Edge and Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton.. PACKETS are being assembled, and we are waiting on our medals, so as soon as they arrive they will be put into the packets. Also, if you wanted to change from the 5K to 1 Mile, or the other way around, that is perfectly fine--whatever distance you decide to do is up to you! The swag is the same for both :) We are getting closer to the 250 limit for t-shirts and medals, and appreciate every single one of you! THANK YOU!

***UPDATE FOR APRIL 3, 2020***

  Hello to our Run From The Rays and We Run Boca Community. We just wanted to give another update for our Virtual Event. We are extremely grateful to all of you for the support you've shown us. The last update on March 13 let all of you know that Run From The Rays had become a 100% Virtual event. At that time, we were cancelled by the City because of Governor DeSantis' "no mass gatherings" order. Since that time, we've seen event after event, parks, pools, beaches, etc., closed due to the crisis. Thankfully, the weather has been beautiful, and I've seen more of our community trying to get in a little outdoor exercise and fresh air than ever before. We've even put one of our free (touchless!) sunscreen dispensers on our sidewalk daily to remind everyone to stay safe in the sun, while staying healthy and being " Safer At Home." For right now, ALL of you are Virtual Participants, whether your status is changed to "Virtual" or not on your registration page. The original plan was to do a Curbside Packet Pick-Up at Runner's Edge during the regular packet pick up week. As of NOW, we will be mailing the medal/t-shirt to you. If you can take a minute and make sure that your address is correct on your registration that would be helpful! If a miracle happens in the next couple of weeks, and we can do a packet pick up at Runner's Edge, we will let you know. We'll send another update on April 16th.  Thank you all so much. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.


Dear Community,                                                                                                                                                                                        
Let me start with a saying we're all familiar with. "Life is a marathon, not a sprint," and this week has reminded us of that fact.
Last night we were informed that Run From The Rays, scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 26th, has been cancelled by the City of Boca Raton due to the recent progression of Covid-19 and Governor DeSantis' request to postpone mass gatherings. 
While we are incredibly disappointed, the health and wellness of all of you, our volunteers, sponsors and community are our #1 priority. 
All funds raised from the event will still be donated to our beneficiaries to support the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of malignant melanoma and other life-threatening forms of skin cancer, as well as keeping the 12 free sunscreen dispensers we have placed at parks, clubs and the beach maintained and filled!
Making lemonade out of lemons, we have made the decision to make the 2020 Run From The Rays a 100% VIRTUAL EVENT. Packet pickup from 4/17-4/25 will also include your race medal and t-shirt. 
*Medals will now be limited to the first 250 registered and paid participants* At this time there are 138 total registrants.
We will post the race course here and on our Facebook page. We encourage you to run or walk 1 or 3.1 miles either on the actual course, on your personal regular run course or on a treadmill. As an incentive to stay on as a Virtual Participant, in addition to receiving our awesome medal and t-shirt, The Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton will donate a $10 Starbucks gift card and Runner's Edge will donate a $10 gift card to each participant who posts a photo on our Facebook page (or emails a photo to fnachlas@aol.comanytime from April 17th- April 26th with the hashtag #SelfieForSafeSun. 
With that said, if there is anyone that prefers to be refunded, please call me at 561-350-5110 by April 3rd, and I will take care of it. 
For our "We Run Boca" Trilogy participants, first of all THANK YOU for supporting the Trilogy! Your options are: 
1) REMAIN an inaugural WE RUN BOCA participant. You will be changed to the Virtual option for the Run From The Rays portion. We LOVE this option! (This will also be the default option if there is no response from the participant by April 3rd) 
2) Receive a $25 refund for the Run From The Rays portion of the Trilogy. 
One last thing...If you would like to email your time for your virtual run/walk, we will post them during the week from April 27th-May 1st. 
Whatever your choice is, we at SafeSun™ want you to know how incredibly grateful we are to all of you who have chosen to support our mission whether it's your 1st time or your 8th! Call or email me with any questions. Stay safe and healthy, and we will see you in November for Martinis For Melanoma and in April 2021 for the 9th annual Run From The Rays! 
Thank you ALL so much, 
The Team at SafeSun™

8th Annual Run From The Rays 5K Run, presented by Vertical Bridge. Spanish River Athletic Complex (off Spanish River Blvd), Boca Raton. Accuchip timing, 5 year age group awards 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24...80+. Top 3 overall M/F. Top 3 Masters M/F. USATF certified 5K course.  1 Mile Event will offer awards to Top 3 Overall Finishers ONLY. Post run healthy & delicious breakfast, refreshments. Finisher medals and t-shirts guaranteed to first 750 REGISTERED & PAID participants!  1 Mile Run/Walk starts 8:00am . Proceeds from the event benefit selected charities which provide screening, treatment, education and research of Melanoma and other life threatening forms of Skin Cancer.  Past Race beneficiaries include: The Caridad Center of Palm Beach County, Melanoma Research at Moffitt Cancer Center now partnered with Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Center, Dermatology Medical Missions, Inc.,  The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, The League of Ribbons at Lynn Cancer Center, The Melanoma Foundation of New England, the Boca Raton High School Swim Team and The Boca West Children's Foundation and Special Compass.  Race director: Fran Nachlas, SafeSun™.  561-350-5110 for information. Managed by Runner's Edge Foundation.

The “We Run Boca Trilogy” will include 3 great races for 3 great causes at 1 awesome price!  Races include: Run From The Rays 5K (April 26, 2020), Run For The Ribbons 5K (June 7, 2020) and The Devil Dog 5K (September 27, 2020)!
 $75 registration fee includes a super soft long sleeved tee ONLY for the Trilogy participants and a custom Trilogy bib number at each event! If you have already registered for Run From The Rays, and would like to UPGRADE to the Trilogy, please email fnachlas@aol.com or call 561-350-5110 and it will be taken care of! Thank you!

Packet pickup: 4/18 (noon)-4/25 ( ends at 12pm on Saturday 4/25!) at Runner's Edge (3195 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton) or race morning in park from 6-6:45am.  YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PICK UP A PACKET OR BIB NUMBER AFTER 6:45AM ON RACE DAY.

FINISHER MEDALS AND T-SHIRTS LIMITED TO FIRST 750 REGISTERED AND PAID PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE NOTE: There are NO REFUNDS.  Race will take place RAIN OR SHINE--Please watch the weather and prepare appropriately!  We love our pets, but the park does not allow them to join us on race morning, so please leave them safely at home. THANK YOU!!

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