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2015 BUDDY RUN 5K AND FUN RUN
5TH ANNUAL


IMPORTANT UPDATE - VENUE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO TROUT CREEK PARK DUE TO SINK HOLE IN ACCESS ROAD AT LAKE PARK.

Otherwise, the event will go on as planned following the same schedule.  The address for Trout Creek Park is 12550 Morris Bridge Rd. (near intersection of I-75 and E. Fletcher Ave/Morris Bridge Rd)


Join us for the 5th Annual Buddy Run 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run and Buddy Dash!  

Chip-timed 5K or 1 Mile run in lots of shade through beautiful Lake Park on packed shell road and unpaved exercise path.  The "Buddy Dash" will be held after the Fun Run for runners with special needs and their Buddies.  The Buddy Run is put on by Congregation Beth Am and benefits....

Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs.  Each player is paired with a “Buddy” to assist the player as needed.  The league fosters friendships and breaks down barriers.  Buddy Baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with special needs.  Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie. 

Registration fees

1 Mile Fun Run Closed

Register by Oct 14 to guarantee a Sport-Tek shirt. First come, first served thereafter. Registration fee is based on total dollar amount at checkout.

  1. $10.00
    Jul 1 - Oct 30

Buddy Dash Closed

FREE and open to all runners with special needs and their buddies. There is no online registration fee either!

  1. Free
    Jul 1 - Oct 30

5K Closed

Registration closed
  • Register by Oct 14 to guarantee a Sport-Tek shirt. First come, first served thereafter. Registration fee is based on total dollar amount at checkout. "Same Day" off line price of $35 applies as of Saturday Oct 31 through Nov 1.

    1. $25.00
      Jul 1 – Oct 14
    2. $30.00
      Oct 15 – Oct 30

Awards

5K Run

Awards:  Top Male/Female Overall and Masters win $50 Columbia Restaurant gift certificates!  Medals three deep in 5 year age groups (10 & under through 70+)

 

Buddy Dash

Awards: Medals for all Buddy Dash participants

 

1 Mile Fun Run

Awards:  First place medals for fastest girl/boy (12 and under).  Ribbons for all Fun Run finishers

 

Training Program

Our FREE 5K training program starts on Sunday, September 6, 2015.  8:00 am to 9:00 am

Train to run (at your own pace) the Buddy Run 5K with Certified Running Coach, Brian Brink of FitNiche.  This FREE 8-week training program meets on Sunday mornings for 1 hour at the 18205 Bruce B. Downs entrance to Flatwoods Park in New Tampa.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Participants stretch and receive tips and training for a gradual walk-to-run program that prepares participants to complete the Buddy Run 5K.  For more information send email to BuddyRunDirector@gmail.com. Set a goal!  Invite a friend!  It's not too late to join!

2015 Sponsors (so far!)

Directions & Parking

The Buddy Run is held at Lake Park – 17302 N. Dale Mabry, Lutz, FL  33549

Lake Park is a 1/2 mile south of Van Dyke Road and about 2 1/2 miles north of Ehrlich Road/Bearss Ave. on N. Dale Mabry.

Once you get inside the park, follow the signs to parking area, which is right by the start/finish line and check-in area.

Hillsborough County charges a $2 park entery fee per vehicle.

MAP

5K Course Map

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship Level Details

Level of Support

Grand Slam

Home Run

  Triple     

   Double

    Single

   Fan        

Donation

$2500

$1000

$600

$400

$200

$100

Category Exclusivity*

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Inclusion in Press Releases

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Event Flyers

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Event Registration Forms

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Event Shirts

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Free Race Entries

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Facebook “likes”

Yes

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Goody Bag Opportunities

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Announcer Mentions

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Booth Opportunities

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Course Signs

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  1. Category Exclusivity – No other like vendor will be accepted, subject to timing. *
  2. Inclusion in Press Releases – To the best of our ability, we will try to get your name out there in newspapers and other media serving the Tampa Bay community.
  3. Logo/Name on Print Material – Your logo or name will be printed on flyers, registration forms, etc.   Subject to timing and space availability in some instances.
  4. Logo/Name on T-Shirt – Each runner and volunteer will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  Your logo or name will be placed on the T-shirt.
  5. Free Event Entries – Free race entries will be awarded to sponsors.  We can also assist in matching the free entries with needy runners.
  6. Facebook “likes” – The Buddy Run Facebook page will “like” your page to help broaden your social media reach.  Please reciprocate!
  7. Goody Bag Opportunities – Each participant will receive a “goody bag”.  This provides the opportunity for your business/organization to get specific promotional material directly to the consumer.
  8. Announcer Mentions – Our emcee, Russell Rhodes of Fox 13's Good Day Tampa Bay, will highlight your business/organization by mentioning and thanking your group on the day of the event. 
  9. Booth Opportunities – You will have the opportunity to set up a booth at the event site and promote your business/organization.  Selling of merchandise will require a one day vendor permit from the Hillsborough County Parks Department.  Set up a booth and get 2 Buddy Run tech shirts!
  10. Course Signs – You will get a number of signs placed along the course route with your logo or name prominently displayed.

 * exception - exclusivity subject to timing and car dealers must be a Triple level sponsor or above to show cars.

Proceeds benefit Buddy Baseball and Congregation Beth Am.  If you have any questions please email the Sponsorship Coordinator at BuddyRunDirector@gmail.com

Photos

     
On your mark, get set, GO!
     
1st Place

     

     

     

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Timothy Woodward $200.00
2 Anonymous $50.00
3 Carla Hunt $25.00

Event Schedule

  • October 31 2:00 PM EDT - 2 to 4 PM Pre-race packet pick up at FitNiche - Wiregrass Mall

  • November 1 7:00 AM EST - Same day registration and packet pick up opens

  • November 1 8:00 AM EST - 5K Run

  • November 1 9:00 AM EST - 1 Mile Fun Run

  • November 1 9:00 AM EST - Buddy Dash - Immediately BEFORE the Fun Run (approximate time)

  • November 1 9:45 AM EST - Awards Ceremony (approximate time)

Contact Information

Event Location

Lake Park, 17302 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz, FL, United States

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