Health First Health Plans and Running Zone Foundation welcome you to the 13th annual Running Zone Foundation Race Series, driven by Coastal and Cocoa Hyundai & Mitsubishi. This year’s Series offers seven fun and family-friendly events including three 5Ks; one 3K and three 2-milers. We offer these shorter distances to promote participation among both walkers and runners of all ages and abilities.
Run All 7 Series races and earn an awesome SERIES MEDAL at the finish line of the Run for the Gecko 5k!
Registering for the SERIES costs just $23.57 per race vs. $30.00! A savings of $45.00!
Our 2017-2018 Series offers:
Firecracker 5K, Tuesday, July 4th at the Front Street Civic Center (New Venue) 7:00am
Front Street Civic Center 2205 Front Street, Melbourne
American flags and red, white, and blue popsicles to all finishers
Most Patriotic Costume Contest
Special awards to top 3 Local Heroes (Military/Fire/Police)!
Free Li’l Firecracker Kids’ Run with Zippy the Gecko
Breakfast catered by Einstein Bros Bagels!
Benefits EFSC Collegiate Veterans Society
Random Giveaway $500 gas card to fuel your Great American Road Trip!
Tailgate 2 Miler, Sunday, August 20th at The Avenue, Viera (previously I Run for Pizza Football Kickoff) 7:00 am
The Avenue, Viera (2261 Town Center Ave, Viera, FL 32940)
Support your Favorite Football Team on Race Day
Awesome Football Awards
Zippy the Gecko Mascot to lead the Kids’ Run
Tailgate Party after race at Pizza Gallery & Grill patio in the courtyard with pizza, wings and BEER (21+ and older)
Benefits Suntree/Viera Youth Football & Cheerleading League and WEGO Ministries
Random giveaway of a $500 NFL Package ($250 to Ticketmaster as well as $250 spending money)
Ghostly Gecko 5K, Saturday, October 28th at the Eau Gallie Civic Center 6:30 pm
Eau Gallie Civic Center (1551 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935)
Best Halloween Costume Contest for Adults
Seperate Costume Contest for KIDS!
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags to All Finishers
Fun Ghostly Gecko Awards
Free Li’l Goblins Kids’ Run with Zippy the Gecko
Food & Beer provided after the race at Squid Lips!
Awards ceremony at Eau Gallie Civic Center at 7:45pm
Benefits Eau Gallie High School Health & Wellness Academy
Random giveaway of a DRONE!
Jingle Bell 2 Miler, Saturday, December 16th at the Satellite Beach Library 5:45 pm
Satellite Beach Library (751 Jamacia Blvd, Satellite Beach, FL 32937)
Santa Hats to the 1st 500 Entrants
Jingle Bells for Everyone’s Shoes
Best Holiday Costume and Fun Stocking Awards
Free Santa’s Little Helper Kids’ Run with Zippy the Gecko
Santa Arrival on fire truck
Cookies provided by Long Doggers
New expanded race site area!
Benefits Satellite High School Running Programs
Random Giveaway: LED TV
Brevard Zoo’s Bat Boogie 3K, Saturday, February 10th at the Zoo 7:00 am "More Boogie" less than 20 Min , 7:35 am "Less Boogie" more than 20 min)
Brevard Zoo (8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940)
Check out Zoo Animals during the Run/Walk
Fun Bat Awards
50% Off Zoo Admission for All Participants on Race Day*
Free Li’l Bat Kids Run with Zippy the Gecko
Breakfast catered by Pizza Gallery & Grill!
Benefits Brevard Zoo
Random giveaway of $500 Disney Gift Card!
* Must show participants race number for discounts to Zoo
Pirate Plunder 2 Miler, Saturday, April 7th at Meg O’Malley’s 6:30 pm
Meg O'Malley's (812 E New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901)
Best Pirate Costume Awards
Fun Pirate Awards
Free Li’l Pirate Plunder Kid’s Run with Zippy the Gecko
Great Pirate Party at Meg O’Malley’s after the race!
Benefits Harmony Farms
Random giveaway $500 Gift Card to Downtown Melbourne Restaurants and Shops!
Run for the Gecko 5K, Saturday, May 12th at Wickham Park Community Center 7:00 am
(Eastern Florida State College 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne, FL 32935) next to the Senior Center in Wickham Park off of Wickham Road.
15th Anniversary Celebration Party
Pancakes and Birthday Cake for all Finishers after Race
Breakfast Sponsored by Pizza Gallery & Grill
Strawberries & Champagne for finishers 21 & Older
Free Kids' Run with Zippy the Gecko
Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training!
Random giveaway of a Dell Laptop
Amenities: All races provide participants with fun shirts, Chronotrack D-tag timing, and a festive post-race party. In addition, there will be a guest appearance by Zippy, our Gecko mascot, to start each of the free kids’ runs and to help with the awards presentation. Our standard overall and age group awards will be presented for each race along with door prizes and giveaways.
Fees (Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.)
Series Adult Registration (all 7 races): $165.00
Series Adult Registration - no shirt option (all 7 races): $135.00
Series Kid’s Registration (all 7 races):** $105.00 **Children 12 years old or under will receive a youth shirt. You may upgrade to an Adult shirt (+$60).
Series Kid's Registration- no shirt option (all 7 races) :$70.00
Start A Team Being a part of a team can be very rewarding. All you need is a minimum of 5 people (1 person of the opposite sex) that want to be part of the team. Everyone on the team saves $5.00 on the entry fees and you may be able to start training together for one or all of the upcoming races.
Team Competition Gather your family, friends and co-workers! Teams must participate in at least four series races to be eligible for the series award. Awards will be given to the top three teams. Each team consists of at least five members with one of the members being the opposite sex. The top four of the same sex and the 1st member of the opposite sex will be scored. (No Team Race Day Registration)
School Team Challenge: (Elementary and Middle Schools Only) An award will be given to the top three elementary or middle schools that have the largest participation. The School Team Challenge applies to each race as well as the series. Schools must participate in at least four series races to be eligible for the series award. Students only count towards participation challenge. Parents and teachers can form an open team. (No School Race Day Registration)
Eligibility Series races are scored for runners and walkers in all age categories. Participants in the series must complete a minimum of FOUR series races to be eligible for the series awards. Standard Race Series Age Divisions 8 & Under 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39 , 40-44 , 45-49 , 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 65-69, 70-74 , 75-79, 80+
Scoring & Points The first 10 runners/walkers overall will receive 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10 points in the open competition. The first 10 Masters (40 years and older) runners/walkers overall will receive 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10 points in the open competition. The first 10 runners/walkers within each age group will receive 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point in their age group competition.
Race Drop Scoring will be based on 6 races. If you participate in all 7 events, your lowest score will be dropped. At the end of the series, individuals who accumulate the most points receive awesome cash, gift certificates and prizes, and are recognized by Running Zone in June 2018. Note: Your age group for the Series is determined by your age as of the 7/4/17.
Standings The standings after each race will be calculated and displayed on www.runningzone.com/series
Free Child Care Kinder Care provides FREE childcare at each Running Zone Foundation Series' event. The kid's zone is available from 30 minutes before race time to an hour after the start of each series race. to guarantee your child's spot, please pre-register your child by 2 days prior to race day. You may pre-register online or at Running Zone or download the form on the website. www.runningzone.com/series/childcare and bring in to Running Zone. Please note that Kindercare is not able to change diapers during this time.