175,000+ cheering spectators along beautiful, tree-lined, Manatee Avenue make this a unique 5k experience.
Runners will race an out-and-back course along the route of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society Heritage Festival Grand Parade on Manatee Avenue all the way to 37th St W and back to downtown Old Main. This is the most spectacular parade in the southeastern United States, attracting more than 175,000 spectators along Bradenton’s main drag.
Runners & Walkers welcome
Two water stops
Prerace warm-up provided by Anytime Fitness
port-o-lets & prerace water available in race area prior to start
Yeti-inspired tumblers for overall finishers and all age Group Awards (available for pick-up as results post): Overall, Masters 40+, Grand Masters 50+, Senior Grand Masters 60+, Veteran Grand Masters 70+; 3 deep in age groups 9 & Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19 & 5 year age groups 20-24 to 80+
Shirts and sizes guaranteed to runners preregistering on/before April 18th (those after or on day of race receive shirts & sizes as available) Registration will be open during packet pick up and race day. However, shirts are only guaranteed to those who register prior to the deadline.
Volunteer Note: We are currently seeking volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer link for a more detailed description of where we need help and when. Without you, there can be no race! (Students in need of volunteer hours for scholarships are eligible and will receive a signed letter from the club verifying hours.)
The De Soto Grand Parade 5k benefits the Bradenton Runners Club student athletic program which awards scholarships to high school seniors and financial aid to students wishing to attend summer running camps. Please visit our website www.bradentonrunnersclub.com for more information.