15th Annual Riverwalk Run

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Event Info
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Race Party
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APRIL 2, 2015 - RACE PARTY

APRIL 11, 2015 - RACE DAY

This year marks our historic 15th annual race and we want to make it the best one yet. Riverwalk Run has something for everyone!  Do you run?  We’ve got a certified 5K or 5 mile course.  Do you walk?  We’ve got a beautiful route to explore as you keep one heel on the ground.  Have a little one?  The Kids’ Fun Run is back and better than ever as our little runners will have the chance to celebrate their race in the bounce house afterwards.  Do you cheer?  We need you too!  Do you eat?  Then brunch will be waiting!  Whatever your specialty we want you to make our event complete! 

Since 2001 the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale has been hosting its Riverwalk Run Race in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.  The course starts at Huizenga Plaza, moves through the historic neighborhood of Rio Vista, continues along the New River, and concludes with the finish line along the Riverwalk.  The race is geared toward all fitness levels. Choose to participate in the 5 mile run, 5K run/fitness walk, or enter the children in the Kids' Fun Run!   Runners, walkers, and families are all welcome.

BENEFITING:  This event benefits the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale's current community projects including Childhood Fitness and Nutrition-Kids in the Kitchen and Healthfully Ever After, and numerous done-in-a-day projects benefitting other non-profits, children and families in Broward County. Our most recent project, The FLITE Center, helps children aging out of the foster care system. Help us Run for the Future and make a difference in the lives of Broward County!

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EVENT INFORMATION

DATE:   April 11, 2015

LOCATION:  Huizenga Plaza,  32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Huizenga Plaza is on the SE Corner of Las Olas Blvd. and Andrews Ave., in downtown Fort Lauderdale)

START TIME:  5K/5 mile 7:00am; 1K Kids’ Fun Run 8:15am

CATEGORIES & PRICES:

Individual Price

October

15th - 31st

Nov. 1st thru

April 10th

Race Day

April 11th

5 Mile Run

$25.00 $30.00 $45.00
 
5K Run/Walk $25.00 $30.00 $45.00
 
1K Kids’ Fun Run $10.00 $10.00 $20.00
 
Member of a team of 3 or more for 5M & 5K
 
$25.00 $25.00 $45.00

COURSE DETAILS:  This course is steeped in South Florida charm!  Participants will cross the Las Olas start line at Huizenga Plaza, pass over famed canals of the "Venice of America", stroll along tree canopied streets of the historic Rio Vista neighborhood, catch a glimpse of the Stranahan House from Smoker Park, and breeze through the final stretch along the New River and finishes on signature brick path of the Riverwalk.  If you have never taken part in this fantastic event before, please join us in 2015 and see why locals return year after year!

The 5 mile race has been ranked 1st in the State of Florida and 2nd in the nation (roadraceplace.com). The race has seen more than 1,500 runners and walkers each year.  All ages and fitness levels are welcome.  Favorite elements will return this year in full force:  a delicious post-race brunch, activities for the kids, and race shirt featuring the watercolor work of local artist, Audrey Spitzmiller.  More about the race:

  • The course is a USTAF certified flat single loop course.
  • There is one bridge along the course with a very slight graduated incline. The bridge is being held in the closed-to-vessel position for the duration of the race.
  • Digital time clocks will be positioned throughout the course.
  • Course markers, directional arrows and other signage will be positioned throughout the course.
  • Chip mats will be placed at the start and finish line.

BENEFITS:

USATF Certified Course
Top Finisher Prizes
Race T-Shirt
Brunch
Music & Entertainment
Exhibitors
Activities For Kids
Digital photo proof crossing the finish line
Runner goodie bag
Invitation to Race party

TIMING AND SCORING: The Riverwalk Run will use the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system. Timing and scoring will be provided by Split Second Timing. Click Here for downloadable instructions on how to wear the B-Tag.

BRUNCH:  We will have a great brunch available to runners after the race. Please be sure to eat and drink something before you come, so you stay hydrated and have the energy needed to get your best time!

AWARDS & AGE DIVISIONS:  The top 3 finishers in each category will walk away with a beautiful print of the Riverwalk by local artist Audrey Spitzmiller as it appears on the race t-shirt! Overall M/F, Masters M/F, Grand Masters M/F, Wheelchair M/F, Age divisions: 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-25 and each five-year interval thereafter through 80.

RACE PACKET PICK-UP: check back soon……

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RACE DAY

IMPORTANT TIMES:

  • 5:45 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. – Race Check In, Packet Pick Up & Race Registration
  • 7:00 a.m. – Race Starts for 5M and 5K Run/Walk
  • 8:15 a.m. – Race Starts for 1k Kids’ Fun Run
  • 6:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Race course roads closed to vehicle traffic
  • No Gear Check Available

ATTIRE:  We recommend you wear cool, comfortable clothes and running shoes. Be prepared for the early morning sun and bring sunscreen, a hat or visor, sunglasses, etc. Note there in no gear check available!

DIRECTIONS:  From I-95: Take the Broward Blvd Exit. Go East on Broward Blvd. Turn right onto Andrews Avenue. Turn Left onto East Las Olas Blvd. Huizenga Plaza is on the right.  From US-1: Turn West onto Broward Blvd. Turn left onto Andrews Avenue. Turn Left onto East Las Olas Blvd. Huizenga Plaza is on the right.

PARKING:  is available at the city parking garage on SE 1st Avenue and SE 2nd Street. Parking is not complimentary. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Additional metered parking can be found on the street near Huizenga Plaza.

RACE NUMBER & BIB: Each person registers for the race will be assigned a race number and given a bib to wear with that number located on it.  The bib can be found in your goody bag that you get at Packet Pick Up. The ChronoTrack B-Tag®  is affixed to the back of bib number. Use the safety pins that came with your goody bag to attach the bib to your clothing on the day of the race. Other important things you should know about your bib.

  • The ChronoTrack B-Tag® affixed to the back of your bib is your running timing device for this event. This is a single use bib tag.
  • Your bib MUST be clearly visible and worn on the front and outside of all clothing during the entire race.
  • Do NOT alter, fold or wrinkle the bib in any way.
  • You must securely fasten your bib to the front of your running outfit with the safety pins provided.
  • Tags are non-transferable and MUST be worn by only the participant to whom they are assigned.
  • Participants MUST cross the START Line during the official start time.
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WAYS TO HELP

The Riverwalk Run race and party is the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s main fundraiser each year.  Volunteering or running is a great way to participate, but there are many other things you can do to participate and help make Riverwalk Run A Success!

SPONSOR:  The Riverwalk Run has raised over $750,000 in its 14 year history.  We offer a wide range of sponsorship opportunities.  Download our sponsorship packet to learn more about opportunities and how you can help.  For more information please email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org (Subject: RWR Sponsorship)

PROMOTE:  help us spread the word.  The Riverwalk Run is a day of fitness and fun for the whole family.  So encourage your friends, family and coworkers to sign up!  We have plenty of tools to help you do so: from our e-flyer, postcard, poster to our brochure.  Just say the word and we’ll send you a marketing packet to get started.  For more information please email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org (Subject: RWR Marketing)

FORM A TEAM:  Gather your friends and form a team. Whether it is a Corporate Team, a running club or a family, we offer discount registration rates for teams of 3 or more people.   Additional benefits include: race packet delivery to your office or designated “team” headquarters before the race so you can avoid the lines!  For more information please email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org (Subject: RWR Team Registration)

DONATE: Help make the Race or Race Party a big success and donate.  For the race we accept food, drinks, event supplies and our Race Party is always in need of silent auction items.  Donating is a great way for you to support our community projects and a great way to advertise one’s business.  For more information please email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org (Subject: RWR Donations)

VOLUNTEER: It takes over 100 volunteers to "run" the Riverwalk Run and its Race Party. Volunteers are needed to help with at the registration table, direct runners on the course, distribute water, handout awards and assist in the many other areas that make up the race day.  For more information please email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org (Subject: RWR Volunteers)

START A PLEDGE PAGE: Create a pledge page by going to www.riverwalkrun.com and clicking on Fundraise.  Or donate to your favorite team.  Don’t know which team to pick?  Don’t worry!  It’s perfectly ok to pick the team based on mascot or team colors!  For more information please email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org (Subject: RWR Pledge Pages)

SPONSOR A KID’S RUN: The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale will be providing registration entries to sponsored children that would otherwise be unable to participate in the Kids’ Fun Run.  Individuals can sponsor a child for $10 and give a child a chance to experience a day full of fun and accomplishment as they cross the finish line and get their medal!  For more information please email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org (Subject: RWR Kids)

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RACE PARTY

This year's events officially kick off at the Race Party at Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Enjoy Caribbean style fare while sipping on festive specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Spend the night shopping one-of-a-kind silent auction items and enjoy music from our DJ. Tickets for the Race Party are $45 in advance or can be purchased at the door that night for $50. We hope you will join us for an evening of fun benefiting the many community initiatives that the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale supports!

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SPONSORS

Coming soon.

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RESULTS, AWARDS & PHOTOS

ALL persons that register will receive a race t-shirt and goody bag.  The top 3 finishers in each category will walk away with a beautiful print of the Riverwalk by local artist Audrey Spitzmiller as it appears on the race t-shirt! Overall M/F, Masters M/F, Grand Masters M/F, Wheelchair M/F, Age divisions: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24 and each five-year interval thereafter through 80.

*Please note that all age awards are based on B-Tag time, NOT gun time.

2014 Race Day Result  

5K: Race results

5 Mile: Race results

Photos: Click HERE for Race Day photos.

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KIDS ACTIVITIES

1K KIDS’ FUN RUN:  The Riverwalk Run also features a Kids’ Fun Run along the New River. The race course begins at Huizenga plaza on Las Olas and is approximately 1K. The course will be well lined with parents and volunteers to guide
the kids through the course and to cheer them on as they race. Every participant will receive a Kids' Fun Run t-shirt and a medal for crossing the finish line.

KIDS’ FUN ZONE:  Family is important to the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale.  Whether your child participates in the run or not there are lots of fun free activities for them to enjoy!  Past events have included: Face Painters, a Bounce House, Photo Booth, and Characters & Super Heroes.

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TRAINING FOR THE RACE

We have partnered with several organizations that can provide you a fun, friendly, supportive and social atmosphere as you train for the race. Stop by one of the running stores listed below or contact one of these running clubs. The possibilities are endless but the race won’t be! Find out more and good luck with training!

RUNNING STORES:

Running Wild

Runner’s Depot

Sport’s Authority

RUNNING CLUBS:

F.I.T.

Runner’s Depot

Running Wild

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CONNECT

CONTACT US:

2015 Race Chairs:  
Jennifer Brin Kovach and Ellis Lester
Email: riverwalkrun@juniorleagueftl.org 
Jen: 954-740-0621  and Ellis: 954-684-1255

Junior League:   
info@juniorleagueftl.org
954-462-1350

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ABOUT US:  Founded in 1937, the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale has created several of Broward County's top charitable organizations including Kids in Distress, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Henderson Mental Health Center, Museum of Discovery & Science, Jack & Jill Children's Center and more! Over this 75 history, the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale has invested over $1 million and provided over 1 million volunteer hours that have directly improved our community. The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale is an organization of over 600 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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