By Amanda Hatfield
MELBOURNE -- Even from a young age, there are few things that compare to the excitement of dressing up in fun costumes and old clothing.
And on March 23, the Junior League of South Brevard will provide athletes of all levels an opportunity to do exactly that -- all while giving back to the community.
The League is expecting hundreds to attend its fourth annual Re-Run 5K run and walk at Squid Lips in Melbourne.
"The original committee members of the Re-Run 5K wanted to have a fun race that would set us apart from the many great races we already have in our area," said Rebecca Shireman, vice president of fundraising for the Junior League of South Brevard. "Somewhere along the way, someone had the idea to make it a 're-run,' so that runners could wear their old shirts or dress in fun costumes."
The family-oriented event is for runners of all ages and abilities and will be held in the Eau Gallie Arts District. The theme for this year's Re-Run 5K will be "A Blast from the Past," with an 80's and 90's flair.
"Each year, we encourage participants to dress up in costume, either with their favorite race shirt or in a costume from their favorite decade," Mrs. Shireman added. "One year, we did an 80's theme; the theme has grown in popularity because it is fun and unique."
The Re-Run 5K run and walk begins at 7:30 a.m., with a kid's "fun run" at 8:30 a.m.
The Re-Run 5K takes participants over the Eau Gallie Causeway and back to Squid Lips, where awards and prizes will be passed out.
"We will award best team costume, top five teams and more," Mrs. Shireman said. "We have some amazing prizes and raffles from our sponsors. Dr. Michael Diaz has donated an amazing basket, gift certificates from restaurants like Cabana Shores, movie tickets, passes for bowling and much more."
Like many of events the Junior League of South Brevard hosts, the Re-Run 5K is a fundraiser for the numerous community projects they do.
"The money raised will stay in our community to fund our newest project, 'Fueling Kids,' which is an adjunct to after-school programs to provide healthy snacks, nutrition education and physical activity instruction," Mrs. Shireman added.
The Junior League of South Brevard will also support the Children's Hunger Project, a program that provides elementary-aged students with weekend food backpacks.
Along with the many benefits to the Brevard community, Mrs. Shireman said there is one more reason to come out: "Free beer for participants, thanks to Stone Brewing Company and Florida Beer Company!"
The Re-Run 5K is on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 a.m. at Squid Lips in Downtown Eau Gallie, with day-of registration beginning at 6 a.m.
Cost is $25 for adults before March 22, and $30 the day of race. Cost is $15 for children 12 and younger before March 22, and $20 the day of race.
An awards ceremony will immediately follow the race at Squid Lips Beach and Deck.
To become a sponsor or donate goods/services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, visit http://www.jlsb.net/support-jlsb/re-run-5k-2013/ or http://register.runningzone.com/search/event.aspx?id=18213.
For more information about the Junior League of South Brevard, visit www.jlsb.net.