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Sandy Claws Beach Run set for Siesta Beach
SARASOTA COUNTY - Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Sandy Claws Beach Run, which returns Dec. 9 for its 41st year on Siesta Beach.
With many participants wearing fun holiday costumes, this annual event sponsored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources in partnership with Dr. Heidi K. Anderson-DOCS draws hundreds of runners, walkers and joggers to the No. 1 beach in the nation for the 5K run and one-mile fun run.
Early registration deadline is Nov. 20. Participants may also register by Dec. 4 for a reduced rate, but registration will also be available the day of the event. Early registration also guarantees a collectible long-sleeve event shirt and a gift bag. Race-day registrants receive event shirts while supplies last.
There will be kinesiology (body movement) taping offered both pre- and post-race and holiday photo opportunities during the event. Runners will also be invited to participate in holiday-themed costume contest.
The 5K run is sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club. With all participants receiving ribbons, custom awards will be given to overall categories and age group winners, first through sixth place. Proceeds benefit the "Summer in the Parks" Adopt-A-Camper scholarship program.
For online registration or a full schedule of events, visit scgov.net/parks or active.com. Participants can also complete and return a flier/registration form, which are available at any county recreation center, library or government building. Early packet pickup takes place at the New Balance Sarasota store, 1872 Stickney Point Road, from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.
Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road, Sarasota. Race-day registration starts at 7 a.m. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K run is at 8:20 a.m. The holiday-themed costume contest begins at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.