Endless Summer 10K & 5K Beach Run/Walk
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 | 7:30 a.m. at Anastasia State Park
The Annual Endless Summer 10K and 5K Beach Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Anastasia State Park. Both runs are sponsored by Don’s Friends and the Friends of Anastasia State Park and offer runners of all levels an opportunity to participate in a 5K or 10K run through the natural beauty of Anastasia State Park.
The 10K (6.2 miles) is a cross-country run through the park's diverse terrain, including beach, hammock and salt marsh. The race begins with a beach loop, then traverses pavement, dirt roads and soil areas through the east nature trail and hammock loop. Runners must be fit to run or walk on soft sand, uneven terrain, mixed pavement types and hills in addition to being able to tolerate sun exposure, heat and humidity.
The 5K (3.1 miles) is a beach run/walk that is almost completely over sand. Both runs are timed for low tide.
Each age category will have a first-, second- and third-place medal. The overall male and female runner will receive an award as well.
This year, virtual 5K and 10K races have been added to the event. Virtual Runs are on the honor system. You can run on your own schedule, and there is no need to prove your date or time. You will, however, receive the entire race packet, including the Fantastic Turtle T-shirt, quality bag and turtle finisher's medal. Virtual participants can pick up their packet or have the packet shipped to them.
Car pooling is recommended on race day since parking space will be limited at the park.
Admission: Free for spectators. Park entry fees apply.
Registration: Registration fees range from $22 to $47, depending on the time race option and the time of registration. Visit here for details on registration and on purchasing the traditional sea-turtle t-shirt.
When: Both races begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Where: Anastasia State Park is located at 300 Anastasia Park Road in St. Augustine, FL 32080.
About the Sponsors
Don's Friends is dedicated to "having fun and helping others." They hold an annual Don's Friend's 5K Run/Walk and Fun Fest from the Saint Augustine Beach Pier in remembrance of Don Ausman, who passed away in January 2009 at the age of 22, but who had already set a great example in leadership. The Don Ausman Foundation works to raise funds to send College students like Don on "Alternative Break" trips around the globe to help those who are less fortunate.
The Friends of Anastasia is a citizens support organization for Anastasia State Park, providing additional programs and services that the state of Florida may not have the resources to offer. The organization also assists in the ranger station, purchasing native plants for eroded areas, funding educational materials, sponsoring park events, and providing volunteers for general park works.