By Pete Williams
Many runners know the joy of running along a golf course early in the morning. Long before golfers show up, it’s possible to enjoy the smell of fresh-cut grass and enjoy the natural sounds of wildlife without worrying about getting hit by errant shots.
Unfortunately, such running usually constitutes trespassing, which is what makes the Innisbrook Green Day 5K such an attractive race. Held on Saturday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. on the North Course of the Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, which hosts annual PGA and LPGA events, the 5K gives runners the chance to run along the fairways and cart paths of one of Florida’s finest golf destinations.
Innisbrook is a green resort and as part of the Green Day 5K runners and guests can donate gently-used shoes to Soles4Souls. There also will be a free electronic recycling drive in partnership with Intercon Solutions.
Name of Race: Innisbrook Green Day 5K
History: This is a third-annual event held at the Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, located at 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North between Alderman Road and Klosterman Road.
Format: 5K course on the fairways and cart paths of the North Course, which will be closed to golf. The course offers elevation changes and scenic golf course views.
Amenities: Goodie bag for each 5K participant. Family-friendly activities, age-division awards, live music, and free beer (while supplies last)
Signature Features: Running on the course itself. This is the course to break out the Vibram Five Fingers or similar footwear. The race also is dog friendly. Be sure to bring a six-foot leash and your own bags for cleanup.
Projected Turnout: 200
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 race day. Just $5 for kids 6-12 and children under 5 are free.
Sign-Up: Via IMAthlete