LEGENDS NEVER DIE 5K Hosted by Madeira Beach Fire Department

Sun October 22, 2023 Madeira Beach, FL 33708 US Directions


15100 Gulf Boulevard
Madeira Beach, FL US 33708


LEGENDS NEVER DIE 5K Hosted by Madeira Beach Fire Department 
Beach Run/Walk                                                                                                                                                 

Sunday, October 22, 2023

9:00 am   

7:30 am – 8:30 am                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Archibald Beach 
15100 Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach 

The course will be in the sand/along the shoreline  


KIDS UNDER 12 yrs old ARE FREE  

REGISTRATION  (T Shirts with EARLY Registration ONLY & pick up at check in
Early Registration  (Race T shirt)           
June 1 – September 11th
Regular Registration                            
September 12 – September 30th     
Late Registration                                   
October 1   - October 20th               
DAY of RACE Registration               


ENTRY Fees are NON-Refundable, no exceptions.  

Race Shirts Available for Purchase at the Race   $25  -  Limited Quantity
Since 2021, Madeira Beach Fire Department has hosted Legends Never Die 5K.  Our mission for this event is to bring awareness to mental health, PTSD and suicide in first responders, veterans, active military personnel and their families. 
We all have a role to play in listening, connecting and reaching out to those who may be struggling with challenges. By talking about mental health and suicide, it not only helps reduce stigma and increase awareness, but it also has the potential to save a life.
Join us on October 22, 2023 as we honor those that have lost the battle to traumatic stress, and show support for those who are currently battling and those who have survived the battle.  We will stand together to advocate for education, resources and treatment for mental health for first responders and military/veterans.  



How the idea for this race started. In 2019, one of Madeira Beach Fire Department Firefighters lost his friend to suicide.  His name,  Emilio Rivera.  Emilio joined the United States Marine Corps in 2009 and was assigned to artillery in the 5th battalion 11th Marines unit where he specialized in HIMARS.  After four honorable years of service, Emilio returned to his family in Pasco County, Fl. While serving Emilio and his battalion/unit broke two military records while overseas. After a few short months after his discharge, Emilio had the urge to continue his service. Emilio attended the Florida State Fire College and received the “Top Dog” reward which is earned by having the overall best physical shape and dedication among his classmates. After fire academy, he was hired on by Marion County Fire Rescue, he served 5 years as a Firefighter/EMT.  The Madeira Beach Firefighter worked with Emilio and his brother Gary for several years in Marion County before his position with MBFD.  Emilio was 29 years young, he left behind his 3 year-old son.  This race is to honor Emilio Rivera, Marine Col. Jim Turner and many others.  


To watch a video from Legends Never Die 5K 2022 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2000451676812600
or to learn more about Madeira Beach Fire Department visit our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/MadeiraBeachFD
Proceeds from the race will be donated to The Franciscan Center's  First Responders Post Trauma Training Program. The Franciscan Center provides life-changing programs to the Tampa Bay community and beyond. The First Responders Post Trauma Training creates a safe, confidential environment for individuals to work through their most critical incidents and process the cumulative stress of risking their lives throughout their careers.  



Paid Parking @ Archibald Beach 

Free Parking - Madeira Beach City Centre Complex, 300 Municipal Drive or along Rex Place in front of Sports Complex  - Both properties are in walking distance to Archibald Beach 

Participants are not authorized to park in the lots of CVS, WinnDixie and other private businesses. You may face parking violations and/or be towed.    


Contact Trish Eaton  via email:  teaton@madeirabeachfl.gov  or call 727-391-3400

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read how we use cookies and how you can control them by visiting our Privacy Policy.

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies.