Sat September 5, 2020 Directions

5K Run/Walk

7:30AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT

Virtual Run/Walk

$35 Registration ends September 5, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Non Runner Support

$20 7:30AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT Registration ends September 5, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
Fort Mellon Park

In light of the COVID-19 situation and following guidelines advised by the CDC, WHO, and local health officials, the City of Sanford is cancelling all special events scheduled through April 30, 2020 and we will also postpone Melissa's Race and Brews for Brains.

It is our intention to reschedule Melissa's Race and Brews for Brains in the Fall 2020 timeframe.

We will inform you as soon as the new date is known.  Once the registration site is reopened, all who have registered will be given the option to transfer their registration to the new date, or to change to a Virtual race. 

We thank you for your support, apologize for the unavoidable inconvenience and hope that we can count on your loyal support going forward.



The 5th Annual Melissa's Race to Battle Brain Cancer is SO much more than another 5K.

This event is a FUNDRAISER benefiting ADVENT HEALTH CANCER INSTITUTE for brain cancer research. It's also a fun, challenging, and certified chip-timed 5K run and walk, located at Fort Mellon Park on the scenic shore of Lake Monroe in Sanford, Florida. This event is in memory of Melissa Vosburg, a resident of Sanford and teacher at Midway Elementary School, who was lost to brain cancer in 2013. Hosted by Melissa Vosburg, Inc.

Melissa's Story

This year Melissa's Race will be immediately followed by Brews for Brains after party, also at Fort Mellon Park!  Live Music, Food, Drinks, Raffle! Open to all!


Packet Pickup
TBD when race is rescheduled
Deviant Wolf Brewing, 121 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

(NOTE: Team pickup must be for the entire team and must be arranged in advance.) 


Youth Pricing

Registrants aged 14 and under can participate at a discount.

The Youth 5K price is $25. This will be priced automatically based on the age of the participant.

Create or Join a Team

To create a team: Begin registration process and select "Create a Team" when prompted. You can also create your team as a fundraising team by selecting "Yes" when asked.

To join a team, begin registration process and select "Join a Team" when prompted. Choose the team you wish to join from the drop down menu.  

Your team will automatically be setup as a Fundraising team.  As an added incentive, your fundraising will enter you into a drawing for a Team prize.  

Awards and Timing
Among those choosing to be timed in the 5k, the overall top male and female, top male and female masters, and top 3 male and top 3 female age group winners will be presented with awards.

9 & under, 10-14, 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+

All 5K participants will have a timing chip on their bib and will be able to view your finish time and overall results in the Timing Tent.

Race Contact Info

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

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Race Day Parking

PARKING: From 17/92 turn down 3rd street at the “Burger King Light” then travel down to either Palmetto Avenue or Sanford Avenue. Turn left at either road, where they will be met with Police Officers working the Road Closures. Inform the officers you are attending the 5k and the police will instruct them where they will park


You must be a participant to view this content.

Have An Account?

Sign In

Fort Mellon Park


Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.

Race Participant Survey

Please complete the following survey to help us better understand your race experience.

Did you participate in the race?

Would you recommend this race to a friend?

Survivor Level

Survivor Level
Strength Level
Hope Level
Water Stop

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.