The area’s largest and most established private builder, Neal Communities, is the presenting sponsor at $5,000 for the 9th Annual Robinson Preserve 5K and 10K on March 31, 2017.
This year, funds raised will benefit Feeding Empty Little Tummies, a nonprofit that founded a backpack program designed to meet the needs of Manatee County’s homeless children during the weekends.
The races, held at the 637-acre Robinson Preserve in Bradenton, showcase a scenic and authentic coastal Florida experience through the remarkable conservation property, with over 110 colorful directional signs and 18 course marshals.
“We are extremely grateful for Neal Communities’ commitment to the community and their sponsorship,” said Kimberly Bailey, executive director of Feeding Empty Little Tummies. “Manatee County is home to more than 1,800 homeless students. With donations like this from community leaders, we are able to meet the nutritional needs of many homeless students. Without local support, children go 65 hours without nutrition.”
There will be five race corrals based on a participant’s estimated finish time. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with the 5K and 10K beginning at 6:30 p.m. Runners are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. Following the runs, the Fit2Run after-party event will feature catered food, refreshments, live music and adult beverages. The award ceremony will start at 8 p.m. with crafted awards, including $1,250 in prize money distributed to top three male and female finishers in each race.
Tickets range from $10 to $40. Free parking is available before the Palma Sola property on 99th Street and in the subdivisions on 99th Street. Shuttle buses will run continuously. Participants can register at www.Active.com.
The Robinson Preserve is close to several Neal Communities neighborhoods, including The Estuary and Tides End, which is coming soon.