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9th Annual Riverside Dash is back!!
For 2021, we have moved the traditional April race date to September 12, 2021 due to COVID-19. After a disappointing cancellation of the live race last year, we were hoping for a race date that would be free from any remaining challenges with the pandemic. While we still face challenges in a return to normalcy, we are still approved to have this event.
August 30, 2021 UPDATE - At this time, there are no COVID restrictions in place for any of the running events or in the staging area. We do ask participants to be mindful of others in the staging area and while on the course.
Riverside Dash 15K, 5K and Kids Dash is a premier footrace destination for serious runners and those who simply enjoy distance running. Featuring a series of races, the Riverside Dash is a place where personal records are set on the flat, fast course through beautiful scenery. No other race offers a unique opportunity to run along the mighty St. John’s River on roads that are unavailable to runners at any given time. The flat and fast course allows you to push yourself, making sure you accomplish greatness in a great race.
The Riverside Dash will include the 15K race – the only one in Seminole County – and the 5K race. Other activities include the Kids Dash, award ceremony and display booths. Bring the entire family and make a trip of it, exploring historic Sanford and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens after the event.
The highlight of the Riverside Dash is the 15K Course. The 15K course takes long-distance runners along U.S. Highway 17-92 on a newly constructed trail along Lake Monroe and the St. Johns River. You’ll weave through unique Florida ecosystems, spotting dozens of types of birds and other wildlife along the way. There is no elevation on this route allowing runners to set personal records and prepare for upcoming half and full marathons. After spending time on the scenic highway, the route shifts into history, traveling along the historic Sanford waterfronts, once a major port for Central Florida and through the historic shopping district in downtown Sanford. Because of street closures, the City of Sanford is asking that 15K participants have a maximum 15 minute per mile pace. After this time, runners will be asked to move to the sidewalks.
The 5K Course is a great opportunity for the leisure runner/walker to compete on a great course as it weaves through historic downtown Sanford and along the lakefront of Lake Monroe. Sanford is one of Central Florida’s oldest cities and was once the largest city in the area. Along the route, runners will pass by buildings that are more than 125 years old and still being used today. Runners will also travel along the waterfront district and marina, a popular spot for runners on any day.
15K LIVE RACE (all registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable)
$55 through July 5
$60 July 5 to August 29
$65 August 30 to September 10
5K LIVE RACE (all registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable)
$25 through July 5
$30 July 5 to August 29
$35 August 30 to September 10
Kids Dash LIVE RACE
FREE through September 10
Timing and Scoring:
Both the 15K and the 5K course are chip timed. Each registered runner will receive their individual chip time. Times will also be posted on the results board onsite as well as live results online.
All participants will receive a custom finisher medal.
All runners registered by Monday, August 23rd will be guaranteed their requested shirt size. We will do our best to accommodate anyone registering after Monday, August 23rd to get their requested shirt size, however shirt sizes may limited. Only unisex size shirts will be offered after Monday, August 23rd. There are no shirt exchanges until after the event.
Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers for the 15K and for the 5K. Awards will also be given to the top three male and female finishers in both races for the following age groups: 16 and Under, 17 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 45, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74 and 75 and Over.
Race Course Maps
Pre Race Packet Pickup:
Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up their race packets before the day of the event. Packet pickup will be held at Front Running Sports in Lake Mary, Florida.
Packet pickup times are the following:
Thursday, September 9 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Friday, September 10 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 11 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Front Running Sports
1061 S Sun Drive, Suite 1097
Lake Mary, FL 32746
*** IMPORTANT: If you are picking up for four or more participants, please email each participant's name in your group to email@example.com at least four hours before you pick up the packets. This will greatly help keep the time to pick up packets for everyone to a minimum. ***
Packets will be available to pick up on the day of the event starting at 5:30am. Please plan to arrive at least an hour before your race if you are picking up on the same day to allow for time to park and pick up your packet. PLEASE NOTE: the walk from the parking area to the staging area can take 10 to 15 minutes.
Schedule of Events:
5:30 a.m. Check In/Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. 15K Starts
7:10 a.m. 5K Starts
7:30 a.m. Post-Race Celebration Begins
8:10 a.m. 5K Ends, 5K Award Ceremony Begins
9:00 a.m. 15k Awards Ceremony Begins
9:35 a.m. Kids Dash
9:35 a.m. 15K Ends
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Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!
We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Riverside Dash 15k/5K.
Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!
Some key RaceJoy features include:
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