Sun July 7, 2019 Tampa, FL US 33614 Directions
Celebrate America's 243rd Birthday.
Run or Walk!

5K Run

8:05AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
Earn a PR!

10k Run

8:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
4810 N. Himes Ave.
Tampa, FL US 33614
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


Celebrate America's birthday by running a 5k or 10k!

On July 7th, we're hosting the 2ND ANNUAL Independence Run, a running event to celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States of America!

The 2nd Annual Independence Run is benefitting the Stano Foundation, a non-profit organization that puts together care packages for troops serving overseas.

This is a 5k walk/run and 10k run.  Both events are timed and every bib will have a timing chip.  Finishers get a race t-shirt, and a custom medal.  If you've ever ran one of our races, then you know our medals are AWESOME!

This course utilizes the Al Lopez Park large and small loop.

What do I get?

Every finisher will receive a medal, t-shirt, an opportunity to interact with local sponsors, and an epic great time.

  • A custom medal (image to be posted at a later date).
  • Race t-shirt.
  • Tons of local vendors.
  • Lots of food for runners.
  • Free access to race photos.
  • A certified time.
  • Food for purchase!

What's Allowed?

  • Strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on this course, but participants MUST stay to the right of the path to allow for passers.
  • Service animals.
  • Headphones are authorized, but we ask that you keep to a volume that allows you to hear race and park officials.

What's NOT Allowed?

  • Pets (except certified service animals).
  • Double-wide (or wider) strollers.  At some points on the course, the path isn't wide enough for three adults.
  • Skateboards, bicycles, tricycles, skates, etc...
  • Bandits. If you're not wearing a bib at the finish line, you won't get a medal!


Race day registration will END at 7:30am on race day.  No exceptions if runners are late and still want to register.  Please arrive early.

Last July, we had a GREAT TIME!  These runners celebrated America's birthday "running style"!  Check out the video, and be sure to sign up soon before prices increase!

The Stano Foundation

The Stano Foundation puts the care back into care packages by providing a personal, heart felt touch into every box.

They are committed to provisioning support to these selfless individuals who sacrifice so much for us by sending care packages, personalized letters, and cards.  They are also the beneficiary of all donations received in this event.  Please consider donating during the registration process, or click here to go straight to the donation page without registering for the race!

Want to run in this event FREE??  Become a fundraiser and raise at least $200 and we'll give you a 5k or 10k bib for free!

National Anthem Performer

We're having a live performer at the event to sing the National Anthem. Stay tuned for more information on the singer.

Course Map

The course utilizes the Al Lopez Park loops (both large and small loops). This is a TIMED event. Runners must run the course in the correct order.  5k runners will run the BIG LOOP first and finish with the SMALL LOOP second.  10k runners will repeat this sequence TWICE!!!!  (BIG LOOP, BIG LOOP, SMALL LOOP, SMALL LOOP). This is how the timing mats are programmed.

***Runners who do not run the course in the right order will not have a certified time!  If you run it incorrectly, there will be nothing we can do to fix your time.***

Pre-Race Packet Pickup

We'll have TWO locations for packet pickup.  Please see the image below!


When you enter the park, you can park your vehicle in the parking lot immediately to your left, or continue straight and park in the main lot (recommended).  The START line is in the main parking lot.

Military Discount Available

For 2019, we've increased the discount for military service members and veterans from 15% to 20%. We support the U.S. Armed Forces, and we want to give back.

If you're a military service member, reservist, or a veteran of the U.S. military, you get a 20% discount on your registration. To qualify for this discount, you'll be required to show one of the following forms of identification to the volunteers at the registration tent. Without these documents, you will be banned from future NeoEndurance races.

  1. Military CAC ID (must not say "Civilian" or "Contractor")
  2. Retiree ID Card
  3. Veteran Affairs ID Card
  4. Driver's License with "V" symbol.

A DD-214 alone is not sufficient without photo identification that matches your document.  You'll be asked to show one of the above forms of ID when you pick up your bib packet. Use the promo code MILITARY20 at checkout.

Form a Group

The group feature is a great way to get all your friends to run at a discounted price.  The set-up is very simple.  To get started, click on the "Groups" tab at the top of this page.  Group member pays the fees at the discounted price during registration.

If a team isn't created already, you'll need to create one during registration.  For more information on creating a team, click here.  If a team is already created, you can select the team when you register for the event.

Remember, you must have at least 5 runners identified before forming a group.

***Important!!  A password is needed to join the group.  If you don't have a password, contact the creator of the group! (Group pricing CANNOT be combined with any other discount)*** 

This feature will end on June 8th. After this date, all runners will be required to register individually at regular price.

5k Event

  • 5-9 Runners: $25
  • 10-15 Runners: $20

10k Event

  • 5-9 Runners: $35
  • 10-15 Runners: $30

Race Contact Info

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


This is a rain or shine event.  We don't anticipate a drastic change in temperature.  It is, after-all, the "Sunshine State".  However, in the unusual circumstance that this event is cancelled due to extreme weather (hurricane or heavy unrelenting downpour), there will be NO REFUND! Instead, the event will be rescheduled to the next available weekend.

In the event of lightening in the area, we will postpone the event by an hour, possibly longer, or until the "all-clear" is given by park and race officials.

The Store!

Are you looking for a comfortable sports bra? We have some in white AND black! Made from 90% polyester and 10% elastic, this sports bra will get you through a hot run and across the finish line.

Click on the "The Neo Store" icon under "More" in the menu bar to check out the sizes and selections (or just click here).


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