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Sat March 2, 2024 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 US Directions


Ages 12 and under FREE!!

Twins Tot Run/Walk 5K

7:00AM EST - 11:59AM EST

Twins Tot Vigil Walk

9:00AM EST - 11:59AM EST



VIRTUAL Vigil Walk


TWINS TOT 5k Run/Walk 


Sign up by  Feb 20th to guarantee your shirt!

We are delighted to announce the return of our Twins Tot 5k Run/Walk event this year!  Please join us at Gilchrist Park on March 2, 2024 for the Twins Tot 5k Walk/Run! In our commitment to participant safety, we have secured a dedicated lane on HWY 41, ensuring a secure pathway for both runners and walkers over the bridge. The route guides participants from Gilchrist Park over the US 41 Bridge and through Punta Gorda's Harbor Walk.


For those seeking an alternative route, a walk-only option is available post-race at 9am, serving as a vigil to those tragically lost to drowning.

Your participation, whether in the walk or race, or through a donation, supports the mission of Just Against Children Drowning. All proceeds from the event contribute to the provision of free swimming lessons for children and the implementation of essential drowning prevention tools.

The Run/Walk is a professionally chip timed event timed by Beach Bum Timing. The Vigil Walk only is not timed. 



 - Hot Breakfast provided by Leroy's Southern Kitchen!!!!

- High Quality race shirt (register by February 20th)

- Raffle prizes!!!! Raffle tickets included in packet and additional tickets will be for sale on race day!

-Silent Auction



 SCHEDULE - (Subject to change)

Packet Pickup, Friday March 1st-

4:30-6:00pm Gilchrist Park Pavillion-400 W Retta Esplanade

5:45am - on site registration and packet pick up. 

7:00am - Race Start 

7:30am - Hot Breakfast provided by Leroy's

8:15am - Awards and presentations 

8:45am - Moment of silence and guest speaker. 

9am - Vigil Walk Begins

10:15am - Raffle Prize Announcements 



There are virtual options for both events. Virtual 5k Run participants will receive their medal and shirt by mail.  Virtual Walk only participants will receive their shirt by mail. 




JACD, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit foundation, was incorporated on April 1, 2010, after the tragic drowning of 13-month-old twins Joshua and Christian DeMello. Our hope is that through spreading awareness and being able to financially help when needed, we can prevent similar events from happening. At JACD, we strongly believe and recommend that every home with a pool needs to have a child barrier (even if you don’t have children yourself ), along with proper supervision at all times. We also promote swimming lessons and CPR.

Surprisingly, 58% of parents report that they don’t consider drowning a risk to their children, yet statistics show that a swimming pool is 14 times more likely to be involved in the death of a child, aged 1 — 4 years old, than a motor vehicle. In fact, while most parents worry about things like a hot stove, iron, sharp objects, a fall from tall surfaces, perhaps animals, or even a loaded gun in the house, the most dangerous thing is something that is always around us in some way: water. And the worst part is that we don’t tend to think much about this. Whether it be the toilet, sink, pool, bathtub, a puddle outside, a pot or pan, there is a constant need to protect your child from becoming a victim. Please take the time to check out the information offered here.

It could save a life!

4-19 pool safety abc 9am interview

Child Safety Source Interview With Paul Demello

Race Contact Info

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400 W Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL US 33950


Age Group Awards

M/F 1st- 3rd place awards in the following age groups:

>6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 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+

Overall Awards

M/F Overall, Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grandmaster, Veterans Grandmaster



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