20th Annual Manatee River Run

Sun December 27, 2020 Palmetto, FL 34221 US Directions
Events
Manatee River Run

8K (Live Event)

8:00AM EST - 10:30AM EST
Place
4681 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL US 34221
Description

LATE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE UNTIL 3:00 P.M. ON 12/24/2020.  All late registrants will start in the last start wave.  You must pick up your packet at one of the packet pick up locations listed below.  NO RACE DAY registration or packet pick up.

The 20th Annual Manatee River Run 5 Miler will look a little different this year. Due to COVID-19, we have had to make several changes:

  1. There is NO race day registration or packet pick up.  You must pre-register here.
  2. The field will be limited to a maximum of 250 participants.
  3. No water provided on the course.  Carry your own water to drink during the race.  There will be bottles of water for runners on a table at the start and finish.
  4. Due to the wave starts, we had to move the start and finish lines, making it an 8K (4.971 Miles) instead of a 5 Miler this year.
  5. Each wave of 50 participants will start every 3:00 (three minutes).
  6. No race day packet/number pick up.  Packets must be picked up on Wednesday, 12/23/2020 at Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 S. Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, hours:  4:00-7:00 p.m. or Saturday, 12/26/2020 at New Balance University, 315 N. Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, hours:  4:00-7:00 p.m.
  7. No post race party or awards ceremony.  Awards will be available for you to pick up at Fleet Feet Sarasota starting Monday, 12/28/2020.  You may make a $5 donation to have your award mailed if you do not wish to pick it up at Fleet Feet Sarasota.
  8. No spectators.
  9. All participants must wear masks at the starting line and any time they are not running.
  10. Participants keep 6 feet of physical distance between each other.
  11. Participants leave the park once they finish the race.

 

The Manatee River Run is open to all ages and abilities. Please see FAQ for complete details.

8K run at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Chip timed by Florida Road Race Management.

 
Packet pick up:  

Packets must be picked up at one of these locations:

Wednesday, 12/23/2020 at Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 S. Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, hours:  4:00-7:00 p.m.

or

Saturday, 12/26/2020 at New Balance University, 315 N. Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, hours:  4:00-7:00 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 2020 BRC Racing Series.

Directions to Race Parking Lot:  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) turn right onto Tarpon Road, go north one block and make first left onto 17th St W. Parking will be on your left. There is no parking inside the park.  The race parking lot 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.

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

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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Parking

Plan to walk (or use the opportunity to warm up!) for 1/2 mile from parking lot 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I register for this event?
Answer: You can register online anytime 24/7 up through the deadline or up until the maximum field size has been reached.  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 info@runsignup.com.  

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, 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

Q: How do I pick up my race packet?
Answer: Packets must be picked up on either Wednesday, 12/23/2020 at Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 S. Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, hours:  4:00-7:00 p.m. or Saturday, 12/26/2020 at New Balance University, 315 N. Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, hours:  4:00-7:00 p.m.

Q: What if I can't attend a packet pick-up event?
Answer: There is no race day registration or packet pick up. You must pick up or arrange to have someone pick up for you at one of the packet pick up events.

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 a copy of your registration confirmation.

Q: Can I register on race day?
Answer: No. Due to COVID-19 restrictions at Manatee County Parks, race day registration and packet pick up is not permitted.

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 parking area to the park entrance, proceed further into the park to the starting area.

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:  No. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Manatee County Parks only registered participants are allowed.

Q: Are strollers allowed?
Answer: No. 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: No. 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 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: There is a 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot to the starting area.  We strongly recommend all participants arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. to park, use restroom, 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 that 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: No. Due to COVID-19 restrictions at Manatee County Parks, there will be bottled water provided at the start and finish only. There will not be water on the course. Please bring your own hydration to use during the race.

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 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: There is no awards ceremony at the race.  Once you finish, you are asked to leave the park due to COVID-19 restrictions.  We cannot have any groups lingering after the race.  Awards will be ready for pick up starting Monday, 12/28/2020 at Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota.

Q: Is there a bag drop?
Answer: No.

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 cross country 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

Packets must be picked up at one of these two packet pick ups:

Wednesday, 12/23/2020 at Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 S. Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, hours:  4:00-7:00 p.m.

or

Saturday, 12/26/2020 at New Balance University, 315 N. Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, hours:  4:00-7:00 p.m.

Awards

Awards to the following overall 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

Awards for top 3 in age groups based on standard 5 year divisions for male and female as follows:
8 & under
9-11
12-14
15-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69
70-74
75-79
80+

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