46th Annual Palace Saloon 5K

October 9, 2021 Tallahassee, FL 32304 US Directions

Palace Saloon 5K

$18 8:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Registration Opens June 11, 2021 at 12:00am EDT


$0 8:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Registration Opens June 11, 2021 at 11:09am EDT
Palace Saloon 5K Rescheduled to October 9, 2021

New Date: October 9, 2021

Due to the Corona Virus outbreak, we have rescheduled the Palace Saloon 5K to October 9, 2021.  Please review your options, and we hope to see you on October 9.  

Here Are Your Options:

We will transfer your registration to the new event date, October 9, 2021.  We look forward to having you join us. Thanks for your patience!

You understand that events are expensive, even when cancelled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

We understand and hope you can join us next time.  We will process your refund, and it should show up on your credit card within the next few days.

2800 Jackson Bluff Road
Tallahassee, FL US 32304

Due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation, and for the safety of all our participants, we have rescheduled the Palace Saloon 5K to October 09, 2021.  

Gulf Winds Track Club has a great and successful COVID plan in place, but the difficulty in obtaining permits for this event, at this time, makes it impossible to present the quality event you have come to expect each year.

Restrictions include limiting the number of runners, no congregating at the finish line, which means no music, no food, no beverages, and no awards ceremony. 

Safety is our priority and we want you to not only be safe but to enjoy the event.  We believe that is in everyone's best interest to wait until October. Thank you for your patience and for your support for 46 years. 


This a point-to-point race. While the finish line takes place at the Palace Saloon,  parking, and the race start are at the James Messer Sports Complex,. Program your GPS to 2800 Jackson Bluff Rd. for the Start and for Public Parking (free) at Messer Field. There is no public parking at the finish.


THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Race bibs and shirts that were preordered online are available for race day morning pickup beginning at 7:45 am at the start line location.

Because there is no Race Day registration you must register online before midnight on Friday, October 8.  If you prefer paper registration, then come to the early registration/ packet pickup at the Palace Saloon on Thursday, October 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and you can register via paper registration, pay, and pick up a shirt (if desired), at that time.  Be mindful that race shirts are ordered about 10 days in advance. We always order extra shirts for volunteers and last-minute runners, but late decisions risk not getting your preferred shirt size. In other words, register early if you want a guaranteed shirt size.


Race Day Procedures

Runners will be required to have their temperature checked and verbally asked a series of risk assessment questions. Individuals with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will not be allowed to race. Individuals who provide concerning verbal responses to the risk assessment questions will be directed to the Race Director and Medical Director to discuss the individual’s response(s). A decision will be made at that time as to whether the individual may participate. A decision of the Medical Director or the Race Director that someone should not be allowed to participate will be final. Individuals who are not allowed to race may receive a refund of their fee and/or a deferral to next year’s race. This would be the same for runners unable to race due to pre-race screening responses. Risk

Assessment Questions Include:

  • Have you experienced symptoms of a respiratory infection (such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell) that is not associated with a known cause?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19, or had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19?
  • Have you been in any social groups of 10 or more without wearing a mask and practicing social distancing?
  • Are currently waiting on COVID-19 test results?

Once the runner has passed both the temperature check and risk assessment, volunteers will direct runners who did not attend the pre-race packet pickup to a socially-distanced packet pick up. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the check in process. Runners will be provided a sticker to be placed on the front of their bib, indicating that they have gone through the race day protocols of having their temperature checked and do not have any concerning responses to the risk assessment questions. Only runners who have this sticker on their bib will be allowed on the starting line of the race.

Runners are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask prior to race start and to properly socially distance from individuals that are not in the same household. Spectators are also strongly encouraged to wear a mask and/or socially distance themselves.

Wave Starts & Aid Stations:

Runners will be assigned to a wave. Waves will consist of five participants, and race numbers will be sequentially assigned. Only those assigned to a given wave will be allowed to start with that wave. Wave switches are not allowed. Your assigned wave number will be printed on the back of your race bib. Racers are advised not to run next to one another during the race unless they are in the process of passing a runner. The term "wave" is for organizational purposes, and racers will not be required to stand near each other or congregate in an unsafe manner.

Aid Stations

Racers are advised to self-support for food and nutrition; however, aid stations will be provisioned with cups pre-filled and set on tables by volunteers wearing masks and gloves. There will be a volunteer nearby to restock the aid station if needed and to remind runners not to congregate.

Champions Awards

Custom beer mugs & monetary awards (CASH) will be presented to:

  • The overall first male and first female
  • Masters (40+) male and female
  • Grandmasters (50+) male and female.

All awards are donated by Gulf Winds Track Club. 

Overall Champions
  • 1st Place $100
  • 2nd Place $50
  • 3rd Place $25
Masters Champion
  • $50. Male and Female
Grand Masters Champion
  • $50. Male and Female
Age Group Awards
  • Custom pint glass awards will be presented to the top 5 in each five-year age group for both male and female
Team Awards
  • The Palace team competition has always been about outright speed. The competition was originally set up with a 7 person MAX team roster where the 5 fastest runners times are added together and the lowest time for the 2 team divisions wins. (Men & Women divisions).We award the top two teams in each division as we have in years past.
Team Competition

Team registration deadline is Thursday, October 7, at the close of early packet pick-up. Ideally, this needs to be the last opportunity to change a team roster….but we can be somewhat flexible with that deadline…with enough notice to enter the team into the database.

NO day of race changes allowed. Period. End of discussion. 
Everyone must register individually. Seven member team rosters must be sent to Race Team Coordinator, Tim Unger, (runner1612@gmail.com), and to Peg Griffin, peggriff91@gmail.com.

The other great benefit of running this local race is contributing to a couple of great charities. We are supporting the Parkinson's Foundation Rock Steady Boxing program and  Javacya Arts Conservatory.  Please donate generously.   

The 46th Annual Palace Saloon 5K is sponsored by Gulf Winds Track Club, a completely non-profit, volunteer-led organization.  All proceeds from the races support dozens of charitable organizations in our community. The race always needs volunteers. Free race shirt for helping. Sign up to volunteer: https://signup.com/go/onAqiNd

Our Partners: The Palace Saloon, Jackson Properties, Ragz, College Living Today, Team Cone


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