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Scrub Jay Races

Sat January 25, 2025 Osprey, FL 34229 US Directions
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25th Annual on 1.25.2025

Scrub Jay 5K

$37 $25 8:00AM EST - 11:25AM EST
Increases to $37 after the first 25 people register.

5K course is more on the road, mostly on prepared asphalt, pavers, and crushed shell paths with the last mile or so on the trails through the scrub of Oscar Scherer Park. (Only a small patch of sand to help you appreciate the natural terrain of the park.)
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Scramble 10K

$37 $25 8:00AM EST - 11:25AM EST
Increases to $37 after the first 25 people register.

For the trail runners, more fun and challenge on the "Scramble" course. Different start and course than the 5K, you'll only share the last bit and the finish chute.
Run Virtually Anywhere

Virtual Scrub Jay 5K

$47 Register and do the Scrub Jay 5K virtually, anywhere and any time during January.
Run Anytime During January

Virtual Scrub Jay 10K

$47 Register and do the Scrub Jay 10K virtually, anywhere and any time during January.


Join us for the 25th Annual Scrub Jay Races on Saturday, January 25, 2025. 

The 5K and Scramble 10K utilize different starts and courses!  Same great finish through the picnic area and post race party by the Nature Center and pavilions.

The Scrub Jay 5K is a course designed with the road-runners in mind.  There is still the beauty and nature of Oscar Scherer Park on mostly hard packed surfaces but there are still some tree roots and a section on the trails and a little bit of the dreaded "sugar sand."  You will begin near the Nature Center and travel the length of the main entrance road just about to the entrance before turning onto the Lester Finley trail and South Creek Nature Trail on mostly prepared-surface park trails including crushed shell and paver paths then onto earthen trails for the last 3/4 mile with only a very small sandy area.

The Scrub Jay Scramble 10K is a course on the trails, sugar-sand included, with some ups and downs using recently created pedestrian underpasses and overpasses. Designed by trail runners for trail runners using the parks' features to challenge even experienced trail runners.  Check out the detailed description and map of the Scrub Jay Scramble 10K.

Your registration includes custom silver anniversary finisher's medal for all finishers and a post-race featuring hot dogs (veggie dogs on request), bananas and other snacks.  Participants will receive a snazzy tech race shirt locally designed and printed by Gulf Breeze Apparel as long as supplies last.*

*NOTE:  Race shirts will be ordered approximately three weeks before race day to have them ready in time.  At that time all sizes will be in the online inventory and available only while supplies last.  We do this to ensure that participants who register early will be sure to get the shirt size they select during registration.  Any race shirts not picked up by the close of packet pick up race morning will be forfeited and available to swap sizes or for those who may not have had shirt inventory available at the time they registered.

5K and 10K Overall and Category Awards: Overall, Masters (40+), Grandmasters (50+), Senior Grandmasters (60+), Veteran Grandmasters (70+) and Youth Overall (14 & under)

  • 5K Age Group Awards: 3-deep in 9 & under, 10-12, 13-14 and 5-year increments 15-19 to 90 & over
  • Scramble 10K Age Group Awards: 3-deep 14 & under and 5-year increments 15-19 to 80 & over.


Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL US 34229

Race Flyer

Prefer paper registration?  Download the flyer and be sure to mail it in so we get it by 12/20/24 to be sure to get your shirt size.  

Registering for the Virtual Scrub Jay?  Mail it so we get it by 1/13/25 and your race swag will be mailed "race week" before the Scrub Jay.   Sorry but delivery date cannot be guaranteed but you can still do your own Virtual Scrub Jay, enter results and get your digital finisher certificate.  If we receive your registration for the Virtual Scrub Jay after 1/13/25 it is likely your shirt and medal will be to you after the Scrub Jay Races.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


About Your Fees & Benefits

Registration fees are non-refundable and not transferable.  100% of your entrance fees benefit the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park,  Inc. a 501(c)3, their projects, and the threatened Florida scrub-jay. Friends of Oscar Scherer Park supports the park through charitable, scientific, literary and educational functions, and through programs, activities, and fundraising to foster awareness of its importance as an environmental and recreational asset and to assist in conserving its natural and cultural resources.

If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact us.

Race Contact Info

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Special Youth Pricing

Family friendly pricing for the Scrub Jay Races for young runners. 

Registration for the Scrub Jay 5K or Scrub Jay Scramble 10K  - $15 for 14 & under and $20 for 15 to 18 years old  (Youth Pricing applied automatically during checkout, Club discounts do not apply to Youth Pricing)



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