Are you a runner, or an aspiring runner? Even if you say no, you may still be inspired by the marathoners in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2019. These runners will be completed 26.2 miles along one of the most well-known courses in the world: The Boston Marathon. This course attracts half a million spectators, watching thousands of runners who must qualify for the event by running another event in a qualifying time. These runners wind through Boston and surrounding cities, climbing up and down hills – including the famous Heartbreak Hill – and through the Scream Tunnel at Wellesley College. It can be a truly inspiring event to watch, as people sprint or struggle across that finish line on Boylston Street.
But you don’t have to head to Boston to be inspired – you can watch the marathon online or on TV news. You may even find yourself ready to get out and put in a mile or two in your neighborhood after watching the race. If that’s the case, then you can get started with shorter races. Here are some of the top running events in Florida that can even be fun!
The Tampa Bay Hoppy Easter Bunny 5Kat Whiskey Joe’s Tampa Waterfront Restaurant: Who doesn’t want to run for beer? Get a free sample after you complete this race, along with your finisher’s medal!
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend(5K/10K/Half Marathon) at Walt Disney World Resort: Put on your tutus and tiaras for this family fun weekend at Walt Disney World! There’s even kids events so your little ones can get in on the running fun.
Taco Trot 5Kin Saint Augustine: For those who love tacos, this race fundraises to fight cancer and gives all finishers two tacos and a fun finisher’s medal to show off your accomplishment!
Engine 15 Brewing 5Kin Jacksonville: Another event for avid beer drinkers! The first beer is free for finishers at this event through the Rail Yard District along the s-line rails to trails course.
Big Cat Raceat Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society: For animal lovers, a free zoo entry for runners and spectators may be a big draw to this 5K, and proceeds help protect animals in the wild.
Turtle Trot 5Kin Jupiter: This year is the 29thannual event for the flat, fast race along the Jupiter beach! This year, runners are encouraged to wear their favorite Star Wars themed running costume for May the Fourth Be With You (the event is May 4 this year)!
The Color Runin Orlando: You’ve probably seen this one on Instagram. The Color Run calls itself The Happiest 5K, where runners get to run through color zones and throw their own color packets to celebrate the finish line!
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