Due to the unforeseen circumstances of Hurricane Matthew and the accompanying collateral damage, the first annual Beacon College Navigators 5K Run/Walk has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 4th.
LOCATION: Venetian Gardens 109 E. Dixie Avenue Leesburg, FL 34748
Behind the Leesburg Parks and Recreation Building is the location of the start/finish line.
RACE The inaugural Beacon College Navigators 5K Run/Walk will benefit the intramural sports program and other needs at Beacon College, a nonprofit, private school noted as the first higher-education institution accredited to award bachelor's degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other learning differences, where 83 percent of students graduate and better than 80 percent within six months of graduation find worthy work or pursue post-graduate education. Research shows that movement and exercise benefits this population of students physically and scholastically.
5K RUN/WALK ENTRY Until December 31st – $30.00 January 1st - February 3rd - $35.00 Race Day $40.00
DAY OF REGISTRATION & PACKET PICK UP You may pick up your packet on race day at race site from 7:00 a.m. to 7:50am.
DAY OF EVENT SCHEDULE 7:00am – Registration Opens 8:00am – Race Start 9:15am – Awards Ceremony
TEE SHIRTS Shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered participants. Shirts not guaranteed on race day.
AWARDS Top overall male and female and top 3 male and female age groups will receive awards. Age groups include 14 & under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+ & over
Also each runner will recieve a medal for finishing the race.
Parking is easy and free. There are 2 areas:
1) There is parking in Dozier Circle and near Pat Thompson Stadium. This is directly near the race site at 201 E Dixie Avenue
2) The large grassy area between Lake Shore Drive and Lake Harris Drive provides plenty of free parking. This is located on the other side of the race course.
The proceeds from this event will go towards developing our new Fitness & Athletics program and a scholarship fund for students who may be in need of financial assistance.
TIMING & SCORING Race will be timed and scored with a disposable chip provided, which will be attached to the bib.
QUICK FACTS When and where does the race take place? Saturday, February 4th, 2017. The race course will be in the Venetian Gardens going around the lake. Registration opens at 7am. Race start time is promptly 8am.
How long is the course? The 5K is 3.1 miles.
How will I be timed? The race uses an electronic timing system that records race time and place via a transponder chip, that will be given out at registration. Each individual competing in the 5K is required to use the race chip. Official times will not be recorded without a chip. There will be a clock at the finish line to view your time.
When and where do I pick up my registration materials? Registration starts at 7am for all participants – pre-registered, walk-up, voucher – Pre-registered runners have a separate registration station that is further split into three lines based on the first letter of the runner’s last name. Walk-Up and voucher holders have their own registration station.
How will I receive my results? Official results are posted for the top runners in each category, race staff has all results for on-site inquiries and results are posted on the race website.
Can I use my own race chip or tag rather than utilizing the one that is provided? No, for this year's race, we are not equipped to utilize individuals’ personal chips or tags.
Who gets a T-shirt? Only pre-registered runners that successfully complete the registration and payment processes seven weekdays before the race are guaranteed a free race t-shirt. Several shirts are printed for the race. Pre-registered runners in the seven days leading to the race are first to receive their shirt and preferred size. The remaining shirts for walk-up and voucher runners are available for free until they run out. Also, day-of and voucher participants may face limited sizes and availability.
Can I participate in the event with my dog? Sorry, as much as we love our pets too, the safety of participants is our main concern. Therefore, we do not allow pets on the course.
Can I participate with a stroller? No, unfortunitly for safety purposes they are not allowed
Should I bring my own water? Yes, but water will be provided on the course and at the finish line.
How do I register? You may register online (preferred method). Go to RunSignUp.com. Same day in-person registration is available at the race at 7am. Both cash and checks are acceptable.
I will be out of town on race day and not able to participate. Can I get my money returned? We appreciate your race registration. As the race brochure states, we are unable to issue refunds. We are not in a position to credit your credit card or issue checks.
Will the race be held if it's raining? The race is a "rain or shine" event. All participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, such as in a rain coat or hat. Umbrellas can pose a safety hazard to others, so please do not bring them.
What will be provided after the race? An awards ceremony will take place after the race 9:15am.
Can I transfer my entry to someone else? We have a strict NO TRANSFER policy.