Scrub Jay Races

Sat January 21, 2023 Osprey, FL 34229 US Directions
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23rd Annual

Scrub Jay 5K

$35 8:00AM EST - 10:00AM EST 5K course is more on the road, mostly on prepared asphalt, pavers, and crushed shell paths with the last mile or so on the trails through the scrub of Oscar Scherer Park. (Only a small patch of sand to help you appreciate the natural terrain of the park.)
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Scrub Jay Scramble 10K

$40 8:00AM EST - 10:00AM EST For the trail runners, more fun on the "Scramble" course. Different start and course than the 5K, you'll only share the last bit and the finish chute.
Run Virtually Anywhere

Virtual Scrub Jay 5K

$40 Register and do the Scrub Jay 5K virtually, anywhere and any time during January.
Run Anytime During January

Virtual Scrub Jay 10K

$40 Register and do the Scrub Jay 10K virtually, anywhere and any time during January.
Place
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL US 34229
Description

Join us for the 23rd Annual Scrub Jay Races on Saturday, January 21, 2023. 

The 5K and Scramble 10K will utilize different starts and courses!  Same great finish through the picnic area and post race party by the Nature Center and pavilions.

The Scrub Jay 5K is a course designed with the road-runners in mind.  There is still the beauty and nature of Oscar Scherer Park on mostly hard packed surfaces but there are still some tree roots and a section on the trails and a little bit of the dreaded "sugar sand."  You will begin near the Nature Center and travel the length of the main entrance road just about to the entrance before turning onto the Lester Finley trail and South Creek Nature Trail on mostly prepared-surface park trails including crushed shell and paver paths then onto earthen trails for the last 3/4 mile with only a very small sandy area.

Getting all "thumbs ups" and great reviews from its introduction in 2022, the Scrub Jay Scramble 10K is a course on the trails, sugar-sand included, with some ups and downs using recently created pedestrian underpasses and overpasses. Designed by trail runners for trail runners using the parks' features to challenge even experienced trail runners.  Check out the detailed description and map of the Scrub Jay Scramble 10K.

Your registration includes a custom finisher's medal for all finishers and a post-race featuring hot dogs (veggie dogs on request), bananas and other snacks.  Participants will receive a snazzy tech race shirt as long as supplies last.*

*NOTE:  Race shirts will be ordered approximately three weeks before race day to have them ready in time.  At that time all sizes will be in the online inventory and available only while supplies last.  We do this to ensure that participants who register early will be sure to get the shirt size they select during registration.  Any race shirts not picked up by the close of packet pick up race morning will be forfeited and available to swap sizes or for those who may not have had shirt inventory available at the time they registered.

5K and 10K Awards: Overall, Masters (40+), Grandmasters (50+), Senior Grandmasters (60+), Veteran Grandmasters (70+) and Youth Overall (14 & under)
5K Age Groups: 3-deep in 9 & under, 10-12, 13-14 and 5-year increments 15-19 to 90 & over
10K Age Groups: 3-deep 14 & under and 5-year increments 15-19 to 80 & over.

Special Youth Pricing

Family friendly pricing for the Scrub Jay Races for young runners is made possible with the generous grant from Lee Wetherington Foundation: 

Registration for the Scrub Jay 5K or Scrub Jay Scramble 10K  - Free for 5 & under, only $5 for 6-13 years old and $15 for 14-18 years old  (Youth Pricing applied automatically during checkout, Club discounts do not apply to Youth Pricing)

Race Flyer

Prefer paper registration?  Download the flyer and be sure to mail it in so we get it by 12/22/2022 to be sure to get your shirt size.  

Registering for the Virtual Scrub Jay?  Mail it so we get it by 1/07/23 and your race swag will be mailed "race week" before the Scrub Jay.   Sorry but delivery date cannot be guaranteed but you can still do your own Virtual Scrub Jay, enter results and get your digital finisher certificate and your shirt and medal will be to you soon enough.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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About Your Fees & Benefits

Registration fees are non-refundable and not transferable.  100% of your entrance fees benefit the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park,  Inc. a 501 (c)3 and the threatened Florida scrub-jay. Friends of Oscar Scherer Park supports the park through charitable, scientific, literary and educational functions, and through programs, activities, and fundraising to foster awareness of its importance as an environmental and recreational asset and to assist in conserving its natural and cultural resources.

The cost of this event is covered by the support of our loyal sponsors and a generous grant from Lee Wetherington Foundation, a Supporting Organization of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. 

If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact us.

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