Polk County’s Only Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Lake Mirror Promenade
Polk County, FL –Building on InnerAct Alliance’s successful 20+ years of momentum in presenting one of the largest Red Ribbon Campaigns in the state, the popular Red Ribbon tradition continues with Polk County’s Only Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in support of bullying and substance abuse prevention, and in honor of our community’s many heroes.
The Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run, presented by Title Sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. and event partner MidFlorida Credit Union, is a Family Weekend where parents can compete in the Half Marathon or 5K, and children can participate in the Kids Fun Run. The scenic run course will take place along picturesque Lake Mirror and Lakeland’s beautiful downtown and Lake to Lake area. Early registration at www.RedRibbonHalf.com is encouraged! Start time for the Half Marathon is 7:00 a.m., and the 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. Check-in will begin at 6:00 a.m. for both races.
A Kids Fun Run for students in grades K-8 begins at 8:00 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is FREE and includes a commemorative Run t-shirt for pre-registered participants and free refreshments. Registration check-in will take place at the Lake Mirror Auditorium, at 7:00 a.m. The Fun Run will start and finish at Lake Mirror Promenade, 121 S. Lake Ave., in Lakeland, and follow a route that loops around Lake Mirror. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in gender categories, and to the top 3 elementary schools and top middle school with the largest percentage of participating students, based on school census.
New this year, we have added a Red Ribbon Virtual Race to track training efforts for the Half Marathon and 5K. Virtual race profiles can be created at www.makeyeshappen.com/heronation and your Garmin, Runkeeper, or Fitbit can be connected to automate workouts. Cost is just $50 and participants receive a Red Ribbon Hero Nation t-shirt.
We are excited about a new partnership with the Polk County Veterans Council that includes the Annual Veterans Day Parade in event festivities. The parade will end at the Lake Mirror Promenade at the conclusion of the day’s races with lots of red, white and blue events to honor our heroes, including a fly over presented by Draken International! Visit www.RedRibbonHalf.com (under race registration – race store tab) to preorder a delicious family lunch of a BBQ sandwich, chips and a drink for just $6 or 2 for $10, provided by Jimbo’s Pit BarBQ. Kids’ meals are also available.
For additional details and event info, please contact InnerAct Alliance’s executive director, Angie Ellison, at (863) 802-0777. Info is also available at the official event website at: www.redribbonhalf.com, on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/RedRibbonHalf and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedRibbonRunSeries