Myakka River Half Marathon / 5K - 3rd Annual "Run for the Memories"- presented by Publix

1 Mile, Other, 5K

Event Date

Sat, Nov 11, 2017


Sarasota, FL


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2017 Myakka River Half Marathon

$100 $100 Register

2017 Myakka River 5K

$35 $35 Register

Virtual Myakka River Half Marathon

$100 $100 Register

2018 Myakka River Half Marathon

$90 $90 Register

2018 Myakka River 5K

$35 $35 Register

About This Activity

The First 2 runnings of the Myakka River Half Marathon/5K were a tremendous success!      The 3rd annual “Run for the Memories” will be even more amazing!  


Saturday November 11, 2017 at the Myakka River State Park

The race is on Veterans Day!

All Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a 25%% discount using the discount code, THANKYOU.

The race is being hosted by Tracy and Kim Hussey’s foundation, Florida Compassion Foundation and Presented by Publix. 

Have race questions?    

Contact Tracy Hussey, Race Director at

This will become your favorite race!

 Your Registration Includes:

  • Entry into your favorite race!
  • Custom medal for all Half Marathon finishers
  • Custom medal for all 5K finishers
  • Accurately measured, USATF certified courses
  • Paved course with 65% shaded by an amazing moss filled tree canopy.
  • Extremely safe Closed course with substantial traffic control including cones and experienced course Marshalls'
  • Extremely fast course.  Last years overall winner, Fredison Costa ran a blistering 1:10:19.7
  • Accurate mile markers; computerized timing/scoring
  • 10 Hydration stations stocked with  Hydrate, water, and friendly volunteers and a water stop just past the Energy Station.
  • Port-a-Potty at every Hydration Station and at the energy station.  You will run past 12 on the course.
  • Medical Stations and Bike Medics
  • Top 3 Overall Men and Top 3 Overall Women receive an amazing Prize Package.
  • Awards for the top three in standard age groups in both the Half and the 5K
  • Amazing Awards for Overall, Masters, and Grandmasters and Senior Grandmasters for both the Half and the 5K
  • Special awards for our Veterans.
  • Regular e-mails, providing updated information
  • Opportunity to pick-up packets on race day and at multiple locations the week before the race or by overnight mail.
  • Ladies’, Men's and Youth tech shirts for both the Half and the 5K.   Your choice of a Tee or a Tank for the half.
  • Finish-line celebration at the South Pavillon in Myakka River State Park featuring R Anthony Band
  • Ice Cold Water and Chocolate Milk as you cross the finish line.
  • Live entertainment featuring the R Anthony Band.  Ice Cold Beer presented by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing Hot Pancakes provided by Publix!
  • Hot Bacon provided by Boars Head
  • Free Fun Zone for kids of all ages
  • Great give-a-ways and door prizes
  • a 20' HD Jumbotron in the After Party Area with a live feed from the finish line.

 Refund Policy

There will be no cash refunds.   Deferals and Transfers are now closed.We will however defer your registration to next years event. Derferal fee is $25.   You must notify the Race Director by email (not FB) before October 11, 2017 to receive a deferral. 


THERE ARE NO UNOFFICIAL TRANSFERS OF BIBS TO OTHER ATHLETES. You may not give or sell your number to another individual. The other individual will not be covered by USATF race insurance if there should be an injury. The other individual's results may compromise scoring as they may be in a different age bracket than yourself. They will be disqualified.

 Contact the Race Director by email (not FB) should you not be able to run the race and you want to officially transfer your registration to another runner.  There will be a $30.00 transfer fee.  Deadline for transfers is October 11, 2017


For more race information, please visit our website at:

We will exceed your expectations and give you an experience that makes you look forward to coming back year after year to run our race!


The earlier you enter the cheaper it is!

Parking again this year will be at the Suncoast Community Church with All Around Charters shuttling you to the Start/ Finish line.     This year we will have 9 large charter buses and a small additional bus.  Please arrive at the Suncoast Church no later than 5:30 AM to make sure you are on time for the start.    Personally I would arrive at 5:00 AM.

Our Charity - Florida Compassion Foundation

A Florida 501(c)(3).   FCF helps the families of Alzheimer’s Patients with expenses not covered by insurance. Working closely with the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimers Association, they team up to show compassion when it seems there is no hope. Your entry into this race will really make a difference for a family in need.

Please donate what you can to the Florida Compassion Foundation.


The first 75 donations of $100 or more will receive as a Thank You Gift, a VIP parking Pass.    

This will allow you to park just a few hundred feet from the start Start/Finsh line.     This will allow you drive directly to Myakka River State Park and have your vehicle with you at the race.

 VIP Parking is a fundraiser for the Florida Compassion Foundation and your donation is concidered a tax deductible donation.

 Free BagCheck will also be available at the Start/Finish line

Watch for additional emails as race day approaches!

This will become your favorite race!


We are SO excited to bring you the latest challenge to take on Southwest Florida..


WCTC is a locally produced challenge bringing together three of your favorite local races:

Remember the Fallen 5k/10k September 9th 
Bocca Lupo Howl at the Moon 5k September 29th 
Myakka River Half Marathon & 5k November 11th 


Are you excited yet? Do you want in?!


Step 1. Register for EACH of the three races (if the race has multiple distances, pick one!)

Step 2. Participate in each race!

Step 3. Invite your friends and family to join you! It’s more fun with friends!!

Step 4. Cross the finish line at the Myakka River Half & 5k and collect YOUR Inaugural West Coast Trifecta Challenge Medal. This HUGE medal has bling & local flair! And we take care of the rest!!


Each of these races is put on by a local resident, they each benefit a local charity and each race celebrates the southwest Florida road running community!! We hope that you will join us for this Inaugural challenge by getting signed up today!



Kimmi van der Veen and the Race Directors of the West Coast Florida Challenge races


P.S. Have Trifecta questions?  Reach out to Kimmi!

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