By Pete Williams
This is the first weekend of the endurance sports season and Floridians have no shortage of high-profile options, including the Disney Marathon at Lake Buena Vista, the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West, and the new HITS Triathlon in Naples.
For those wanting an easier transition into 2012, there’s the MADD Dash 5K at Tampa’s Al Lopez Park. Organized by Tampa running guru Lynn Gray, it’s a fast course that likely will be run in ideal race conditions. (Think 58 degrees or so.)
Gray, who has completed 93 marathons, has introduced thousands to the joys of long-distance running over the years, most recently through her Take the First Step Program. She joined us this week on The Fitness Buff Show to discuss the MADD Dash and tips on making 2012 your best year yet as a runner. You can listen to that broadcast HERE.
Name of Race: MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Dash 5K – A Resolution Run
When: Saturday, January 7, 8 a.m.
Where: Al Lopez Park, Tampa
History: This is a 10th annual event
Format: 5K, plus a 1-mile kids fun run
Amenities: Long sleeve t-shirts and goodie bags for the first 300 registered runners. Trophies for overall winners, along with masters/grandmasters/and high school winners, along with standard 5-year age groups (9 and under through 80-plus)
Projected Turnout: 300-plus
Cost: $25 for the 5K or $10 for the fun run
Sign-Up: Race day registration available