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Celebrate Fall with These Local 5K Races

Anthony Malafronte

TEAM LEADER and HEAD of STUFF @ My Tampa Agent, Anthony has been a resident of Tampa Bay for over 23 years.

Jan 24 4 minutes read

If you’re a runner, a walker, or someone who likes to stay active, local 5Ks are even better during the fall. Best of all, these races are often charity races so you can help your local community, enjoy the crisp, cool air, and maybe get a little fitter and healthier in the process. Check out these local 5K races around the Tampa Bay area, and find one to register for!

The Great Westchase Race

Saturday, October 29
West Park Village

Marking its 15th run, The Great West Chase has become a fall tradition, kicking off the cool running season for many Tampa Bay runners. The race offers a kids run, both 5K and 10K distances and the focus is raising funds for literacy programs for local schools - this year its Bellamy Elementary.  Beginning in West Park Village at the base of Montague Street, the race proceeds west on Linebaugh Avenue (and, in the case of the 10K, north on Countryway Boulevard) before returning and finishing near its start.  Wear some funny Halloween costumes and run/walk for a great cause.  Learn More.

5K Bakas Charity Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk/Trot

Saturday, November 5
Bakas Equestrian Center, Tampa

Run a race and support local therapeutic horseback riding programs at the same time. This race benefits the Bakas Equestrian Center and “Horses for the Handicapped” a 501(c)3 non-profit. The off-road course runs through the facility grounds and around Whisper Lake. It’s not advertised as a mud run, but you’ll get one through part of the course anyway. Learn more.

Sports Fan 5K

Saturday, November 12
Coachman Park, Clearwater

This out and back route goes over the Clearwater Memorial Causeway and is a chip-timed race. All proceeds benefit Clearwater for Youth, an organization that helps children have the opportunity to play sports no matter what their financial situation may be. Learn more.

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Florida’s Greatest Seafood 5K

Saturday, November 19
Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grille, Tarpon Springs

You can’t live in this area without checking out the “greatest seafood 5K” in Florida, can you? This out and back race benefits the Boys and Girls Club which might be enough of a reason to participate. But wait, there’s more. All participants receive a Happy Crab medal, a t-shirt, a free draft beer, and a seafood sampler from Rusty Bellies. Learn more.

The 5K Color Blast Tampa

Saturday, November 19
Northwest Equestrian Park, Odessa

If seafood isn’t your thing, maybe a party disguised as a 5K works for you. Become a racer and a human canvas at the Color Blast race. There are five color zones, so you will definitely get painted. Everyone gets a medal plus a shirt, a color pack, and more! Learn more.

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Waterset 5K Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 24
Waterset, Apollo Beach

No Thanksgiving (or fall) is complete without a Turkey Trot. You’ll feel less guilty about all the food you eat if you run or walk a 5K first. This is an easy flat course, and the race is chip-timed. Get the kids involved with the fun run. All proceeds benefit local schools: Doby Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School, and East Bay High School. Learn more.

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