Manatee River Run 5 Miler and RRCA State Championship

Sat December 28, 2019 Palmetto, FL US 34221 Directions
Manatee River Run 5 Miler

5 Miler

8:00AM EST - 10:30AM EST
5801 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL US 34221

The Manatee River Run 5 Miler is open to all ages and abilities.  In addition, it has been awarded RRCA State Championship status so there will be special state championship awards for the overall, masters, grand masters, senior grand masters, and veteran grand masters winners.  Age group awards will be awarded in standard 5 year age groups.  Please see FAQ for complete details.

5 mile run at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Chip timed by Florida Road Race Management. The Manatee River Run After Party follows the run with awards, door prizes, and refreshments from area restaurants for all participants and their families.  

Online registration closes 12/25/2019 at 11:59 p.m. but you may register in person at our two registration/packet pick up parties listed below.

Race morning packet pickup and registration is 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. only so please arrive early.
Sorry, no mail-in entries accepted.  However, please join us at one of our sign-up parties if you do not wish to use the online registration process. 

Early packet pick up and in person registration: 
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Darwin Brewing Co., 803 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205 (next to McKechnie Field):  5:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 27, 2019 at New Balance University Park, 8204 Tourist Center Dr, Bradenton, FL 34201 (on University Parkway by Ruby Tuesday):  4:30-7:00 p.m.

Bradenton Runners Club members save $5 on online registration (discount automatically applied using your RunSignUp account at checkout). Membership must be in good standing. 

Racing Series Reminder! This is the final race in the 2019 BRC Racing Series!  It's not over until it's over!

Directions to Snead Island. From I-75: Take exit 224 and then to US 301 south. Continue west on US 301 crossing US 41 through Palmetto. US 301 becomes 10th Street. Continue on 10th Street West to Snead Island. Just after the bridge to Snead Island (In front of the Bradenton Yacht Club) to Tarpon Road, go right (north) one block and make first left. Parking will be on your left. Packet pick up and race day registration are in the parking area.  It is a half mile walk to the start so please arrive early.


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Course Map

A scenic adventure on hard shell-packed winding trails through a variety of native ecosystems including beaches, lagoons, salt marshes, mangrove swamps, tropical hardwood hammocks, coastal strands and finished on a paved 1.5 mile roadway to the finish and great post race party

See image for a (rough) map of the course.

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Plan to walk (or use the opportunity to warm up!) for 1/2 mile from parking and registration to the starting line.  There is ample parking in the identified field.  Restrooms are available in both the parking area and the starting line area.  We recommend using the restrooms close to the start.

Registration closes promptly 15 minutes before the race start.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I register for this event?
Answer: You can register online anytime 24/7 up through the deadline.  We do not have a mail-in option for registration.  You can register at the packet pick-up events and on race day.  Sign-up events and packet pick-up dates, times and locations will be announced in the event information section as they are confirmed.

Q: How much is this event?
Answer: Please review the Event Info section of this page for specific race fee schedule information. 

Q: Do BRC members get a discount?
Answer: Bradenton Runners Club members in good standing will receive a $5 discount which will be applied at checkout.  If you are not receiving your discount during the online registration process, please ensure you are logged into your RunSignUp account.  You can confirm if your membership status by logging into RunSignUp and clicking on My Profile then locate the My Club Memberships section.  Provided that your membership is still active and not expired when you register you will receive the discount. If you're still having problems receiving your discount at checkout, please contact RunSignUp at  

Q: I'm not a BRC member, how can I get a discount on this race?
Answer: We strongly encourage people to become a BRC member.  That is the easiest way to save money on our races and also includes other benefits which will save you money.  The membership more than pays for itself. Click here to learn more. 

Q: I'm not sure if I'm registered, what should I do?
Answer: If you registered online or at an event, you should have received a confirmation email.  Be sure to check your spam filter if you cannot find the confirmation email.  If you think you may have deleted the email, you can search the Participant List by clicking here.  if you registered in person at a sign-up party, please give 48-72 hours to receive your confirmation email. 

Q: How do I pick up my race packet?
Answer: We will be hosting two packet pick up events in the week prior to the race. Please check the event page for more information.

Q: What if I can't attend a packet pick-up event?
Answer: We strongly recommend all runners attend a packet pick-up event.  However, we will always have race day registration and packet pick up. 

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
Answer: We do allow friends and/or family to pick up packets.  Anyone picking up packets for another participant will be required to show ID and provide a signature at the event.

Q: Can I register on race day?
Answer: Most likely, yes.  This race does have a 700 participant cap and our participant numbers grow each year. While we plan on having race day registration, there is a possibility this race will sell out.  Also keep in mind, that only those who register online by December 14th are guaranteed their shirt size.  Certain shirt sizes often sell out and the inventory is updated in real time.  We cannot guarantee a shirt to those who register at a packet pick up event or race day.

Q: How is the race timed?
Answer: This race is chip timed with the chip attached to the back of the bib number which is why all bib numbers must be worn on the front.  There will be timing mats at the start and finish.

Q: Where can I see results from the race?
Answer: Race results will be posted on this website shortly following the race.

Q: I lost my bib/chip, what do I do?
Answer: Bibs are chipped so if you lose your bib and attempt to run without it, you will not be included in the results.  Please contact us as soon as possible so we can deactivate your old bib/chip # and assign a new one.  There is a $5 fee to replace a lost bib/chip so please bring exact change with you on race morning to expedite this process.

Q: Will there be plenty of parking?
Answer: Yes.  We have never run out of parking at this event.  However, please note the parking area is roughly a half mile from the start area so please plan ahead to walk to the start.

Q: Is the course USATF certified?
Answer: Courses that include sections of trail cannot be certified.

Q: Where is the starting area?
Answer: The starting area is about a 1/4 mile into the entrance of the park.  After you walk (or do a nice warm up jog) from the registration/parking area to the park entrance, follow the sounds of the DJ.  When you get to the DJ, stop and enjoy the music or drop your bag in the bag drop area. Then proceed further into the park to the starting area as instructed by the DJ.

Q: Where is the finish line?
Answer: The finish line is not far from the start and is located about 0.1 miles from the starting line. Check out the course map for more details.

Q: Can my friends and family watch me finish or participate?
Answer:  There are a few points on the course where spectators can get a glimpse of the runners.  Additionally, there is generally enough room for spectators to watch participants near the end of the race or at the finish line. However, for runners safety, spectators will not be allowed on the course while the race is still in progress.

Q: Are strollers allowed?
Answer: Strollers are not allowed at this event.  As a member of RRCA we observe all guidelines and recommendations related to safety.  Strollers present a risk to other runners plus the Manatee River Run course in particular has various types of terrain including soft sand, narrow trails, and some curbs that have to be crossed over which makes strollers not possible.  All participants must sign a waiver stating "If I violate the safety guidelines I accept legal responsibility for any injuries I may directly or indirectly cause to myself and/or others."

Q: Can I run with my dog?
Answer: Dogs are not allowed at this event.  As a member of RRCA we observe all guidelines and recommendations related to safety.  Dogs present a risk to other runners and with the narrow trails on our course, present a tripping hazard for participants.  Dogs and crowds often don't mix, even with the best behaved dogs due to tripping hazards and unpredictable behavior.  In crowded, unfamiliar places, even well-mannered dogs can become unpredictable and protective of their owner.  All participants must sign a waiver stating "If I violate the safety guidelines I accept legal responsibility for any injuries I may directly or indirectly cause to myself and/or others."

Q: What about headphones?
Answer: Headphones are strongly discouraged due to safety concerns and any participants wearing headphones during a race accept legal responsibility for any injuries caused to themselves or others.   The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, The Bradenton Runners Club encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Manatee River Run.  We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.  Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Q: What time should I arrive?
Answer: Registration opens at 6:30 am.  It could take up to 20 minutes to pick up your packet.  Then there is a 1/2 mile walk to the starting area.  Registration will close promptly at 7:45 a.m.  We strongly recommend all participants and spectators arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. to park, pick up bibs, and walk to the park entrance.

Q: Is there a time limit?
Answer: Yes. The timing will shut off after 1.5 hours. 

Q: Can I walk this event?
Answer: Yes, although keep in mind this is a State Championship race and timing/results will cease after 1.5 hours.  Walkers are permitted but must complete the course in under 90 minutes.

Q: Will there be water stations?
Answer: Yes. there are two water stations.  Each water station can be viewed on the course map, marked by a WS.

Q: What are the age groups for the awards?
Answer: Age group awards will be awarded to standard 5 year age groups starting at age 15 up to age 80+.  Youth age groups are 8 & under, 9-11, and 12-14. Overall and Masters female and male will receive RRCA State Championship medals and are as follows: Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+), Senior Grand Masters (60+), Veteran Grand Master (70+).  There are no finisher medals.

Q: Where do I pick up my award?
Answer: The awards ceremony will take place near the DJ booth.  If you cannot stay for the award ceremony, you may have someone pick up your award for you.

Q: Is there a bag drop?
Answer: Yes, the bag drop will be near the starting area and will be provided free of charge by one of our wonderful sponsors.

Q: Who benefits from this race?
Answer: The Bradenton Runners Club is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.  All of our races are hosted by our board members and generous volunteers.  All of the proceeds from the race, after expenses are deducted, go to our scholarship fund and summer camp financial aid programs for Manatee County student athletes.  We also provide financial assistance to local high school and track programs for gear and uniforms on a case-by-case basis. We give upwards of $7500 per year to local Manatee County student athletes.



Packet Pick-Up

Thursday December 26, 2019 at Darwin Brewing Co., 803 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205 (next to McKechnie Field) 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday December 27, 2019 at New Balance University Park, 8204 Tourist Center Dr, Bradenton, FL 34201 (on University Parkway by Ruby Tuesday) 4:30-7:00 p.m.

There will be registration available at packet pick-up.  Registration will cost $40 and shirt sizes and quantities will be limited.



RRCA State Champion Medals are awarded to the following categories:

Male and Female Open Champion
Male and Female Master Champion
Male and Female Grand Master Champion
Male and Female Senior Grand Master Champion
Male and Female Veteran Grand Master

All other male and female categories will receive this custom medal as follows:

Awards for top 3 in age group based on standard 5 yr divisions for male and female as follows:
8 & under


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