SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News 10 a.m.) – Start the holiday season by attending the 45th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run at Siesta Beach, Saturday, December 11th.
Runners and hikers of all ages are welcome to 1-mile or 5K fun runs and are encouraged to enter the holiday-themed costume contest. The fun one-kilometer race has been redesigned this year to include gathering supplies to create the ultimate cup of hot cocoa under the racetrack.
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Participants will earn a ribbon for the 1-mile race or finisher medal for the 5K race, which will be chip-timed. Adapted prizes will be awarded to first to sixth places in all age categories. After the races, runners and their families are invited to join for music, food and raffle prizes. This annual event is presented by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, Dr. Heidi K. Anderson-DOCS and Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key. The 5K race is also sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club and the proceeds go to benefit the “Summer in the Parks” Adopt-A-Camper scholarship program.
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Sign up by November 17 to guarantee the best price, and receive a running bag and a long-sleeved performance event shirt.
For online registration or a complete program of events, visit scgov.net (keyword registration and reservations). Registration forms are available for pickup at any county recreation center, library, or government building. Completed forms can be sent to Twin Lakes Park, Building C, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241. Early package pickup will be from 6 p.m. 15-18 Thursday, December 9 at the New Balance Sarasota Store, 1872 Stickney Point Road. Registration for the race day begins at 7.00
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The fun run with hot cocoa of one kilometer starts at 8.00, followed by the 5K race at. 8.20. The winners of the holiday-themed costume contest will be announced at 9.15. Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road, Sarasota.
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