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Buddy Run 5K and Fun Run

Sun November 3, 2024
Countdown to Race Day



$35 8:00AM EST - 8:00AM EST Price increases after October 20, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

1 Mile

$20 9:00AM EST - 9:00AM EST Price increases after October 20, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Buddy Dash

$0 8:50AM EST - 8:50AM EST Registration ends November 3, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

Virtual 5K

$40 Registration ends November 3, 2024 at 11:59pm EST


Lake Park
17302 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Lutz, FL 33548


The Buddy Run is back!

We all love Buddy Baseball and the chance to support this incredible organization that provides kids with special needs the opportunity to play ball!  If your local, you can participate in our in-person race, and we also offer a virtual option to allow people from all over the country to participate!  So sign up today and refer your friends and family.  Referrals can even lead to registration rebates!

The Buddy Run is put on by Congregation Beth Am Tampa and benefits Buddy Baseball, a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs based in Temple Terrace, FL.  Each player is paired with a “Buddy” to assist the player as needed.  The league fosters friendships and breaks down barriers.  Buddy Baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with special needs.  Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie.  The Buddy Run is the largest fundraiser of Buddy Baseball and helps keep participant costs affordable for all.


Pre-race packet pick up will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 3 - 5 pm at The Running Center - Tampa on 14427 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL, 33618


The road to the back parking lot has been raised and paved!  Please note, a $2 cash fee per vehicle will be charged upon entry to the park.  This usage fee is standard for all Hillsborough County parks and helps maintain this beautiful green space!


Choose Unisex or Ladies cut before 10/21 to guarantee shirt and size


Run the virtual 5K anytime anywhere from 10/28 - 11/3 and post your results on the website (optional).  This is a great way to help support Buddy Baseball without being at the in-person event.

Referral Program

Once you register you will receive a unique referral link that will allow you to share with your friends, family, coworkers, ANYONE!  If you get three people to run, you receive a refund of up to $15 as our way of thanking you for spreading the word about this great race supporting Buddy Baseball!


We've got great sponsors!  Please take a look below, click the logos on the right and consider giving them your business as a way of thanking them for supporting the Buddy Run.

5K Course Route

The course at Lake Park is the same one that was used last year, see the map below.  It is an out and back route with the start and finish in front of the Eagle Shelter. 

If you are signing up for the virtual option, run anywhere you want to!  That's the beauty of a virtual race.

Race Contact Info

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