By Pete Williams
Each week we’re going to feature a race coming up in Florida in the next two weeks. This week, it’s the 2011 Pasco Challenge, which will take place on Saturday, March 12 at Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. We’ll be there filming the latest EnduranceSportsFlorida.com video.
Name of Race: Pasco Challenge
Location: Starkey Wilderness Park, New Port Richey, Florida
History: Race has a long history, and has been organized by the Alzheimer’s Family Organization for the last decade. The event raises funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Format: There’s a 5K, 10K, and half marathon, all USA Track and Field certified; a non-competitive 1 mile run/walk and bike tours of 25K, 50K and 100K. Start times are between 8 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. and there’s also registration from 3 to 5:30 Friday afternoon at Starkey Park.
Schwag: T-shirts (guaranteed to those who pre-registered by Feb. 14), and finisher’s medal for all half-marathon entrants.
Signature Feature: Run on asphalt through the beautiful 8,000-acre park, which features 27 miles of hiking trails and 6.7 miles of asphalt trails that connects to the Suncoast Trail.
Projected Turnout: 500-plus
Post-Race: Catered by IHOP.
Cost: $30 for 5K/10K, $40 for half marathon. Kids 16 and under $15 except for half marathon.
Sign-Up: Active.com or alzheimersfamily.org
Comment: “We had 37-degree temperatures at the start of the race last year, so we’re expecting much bigger turnout this time around” – race director Dominick DePetrillo