Endless Summer Run 10K/5K
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 7:30 a.m. at Anastasia State Park
The 16th Annual Endless Summer Run takes place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Anastasia State Park. Sponsored by Don’s Friends and the Friends of Anastasia State Park, the Endless Summer Run offers 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 Anastasia State 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, and be 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. The 10K is limited to 250 runners; the 5K to 200 runners. Both runs sell out fast, so interested participants should contact the organizations as early as possible by visiting here.
Each age category will have a first, second, and third place medal. The overall Male and Female runner will receive an award as well.
Admission: The Endless Summer 10K Cross Country and 5K Beach Run/Walk is free for spectators.
Registration: Registration fees are $45.00 per 10K runner/walker and $35.00 per 5K runner/walker. The registration period ends on September 19, 2019.
The Endless Summer race features a gorgeous t-shirt with sea-turtle graphics that changes each year. Many people sign up for the race just to get the t-shirt. This year, there are two additional options for t-shirt lovers who may not choose to run the races: for $20, non-runners can register to pick up their t-shirt at the race, and for $26, non-runners can register for the t-shirt to be mailed to them. Registration for the T-shirt-only options also ends on September 19, 2019.
When: Both races begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
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.