By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- The Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra is kicking off the new year with a bang, as it will host its third annual "Symphony Sprint 'FORMAL' 5K" on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The 5K, which begins at 8 a.m., will be hosted at Ryckman Park in Melbourne Beach.
"It is a great way to kick off your New Year Resolutions," said Danielle Stern, public relations specialist with the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. "We are the first race of the New Year, and we are celebrating 30 years of the BSYO. Proceeds are being used to establish a much-needed tuition assistance fund."
Ms. Stern said that the race will feature family-friendly entertainment, including refreshments, awards, tuxedo T-shirts, non-alcoholic toasts at the finish line, mini massages for participants, pearl necklaces to celebrate the group's 30 year anniversary and performances from members of the orchestra.
"The music gets everybody going," Ms. Stern said. "Our race is a lot of fun, with runners of different levels. The route is through Melbourne Beach, so it is a scenic location. The weather has always been great."
Running Zone will also do the timing for the 5K, which Ms. Stern said helps the race run smoothly.
"We have medals for our winners, along with a 'beat your record' award," she said. "Runners, who ran our race last year, have the opportunity to beat last year's time and we give a special award for that."
There will also be a "Wacky Bowtie" competition, where the individual wearing the craziest bowtie will receive an award.
The BSYO is a 501(c)(3) organization that has provided symphonic training to the youth of Brevard County. The 5K is one of the major BYSO fundraisers of the year and raises money for new instruments and tuition assistance.
"The BSYO is such a great organization, and they deserve some recognition for grooming our area's young musicians for 30 years," Ms. Stern said.
For more information, contact Enith Windle at (321) 693-3235 or email BSYO5K@gmail.com.