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The 2022 Scrub Jay Races will be in-person at Oscar Scherer Park as well as an option to for a Virtual Scrub Jay 5K and 10K. While there are currently still restrictions on organized events in Florida State Parks, race planning will implement precautions in accordance with Florida State Parks restrictions and CDC guidelines and amend the plans as circumstances warrant.
New for 2022 - The 5K and 10K will utilize different starts and courses! Same great finish through the picnic area and post race party by the Nature Center and pavilions.
The Scrub Jay 5K will utilize the same course as the 2021 "Virtually There Scrub Jay." A course designed for the road-runners, it begins on and travels the length of the main entrance road then onto mostly on prepared surface park trails including crushed shell and paver paths then onto earthen trails for the last 3/4 mile with only a very small sandy area.
The Scrub Jay Scramble 10K is a new course on the trails, sugar-sand included, with some ups and downs using recently created pedestrian underpasses and overpasses. Designed by trail runners using the parks' features to challenge even experienced trail runners. Check out the detailed description and map of the Scrub Jay Scramble 10K.
All participants will receive a custom finishers medal, custom race bib and a snazzy tech race shirt.
5K and 10K Awards: Overall, Masters (40+), Grandmasters (50+), Senior Grandmasters (60+), Veteran Grandmasters (70+) and Youth Overall (14 & under)
5K Age Groups: 3-deep in 9 & under, 10-12, 13-14 and 5-year increments 15-19 to 90 & over
10K Age Groups: 3-deep 14 & under and 5-year increments 15-19 to 80 & over.
Family friendly pricing for the Scrub Jay Races for young runners is made possible with the generous grant from Lee Wetherington Foundation:
Registration for the Scrub Jay 5K or Scrub Jay Scramble 10K - Free for 5 & under, only $5 for 6-13 years old and $15 for 14-18 years old (Youth Pricing applied automatically during checkout, Club discounts do not apply to Youth Pricing)
Prefer paper registration? Coming Soon! Download the flyer and be sure to mail it in so we get it by 12/31/2021 to be sure to get your shirt size.
Registering for the Virtual Scrub Jay? Mail it so we get it by 1/15/22 and your race swag will be mailed "race week" before the Scrub Jay. Sorry but delivery date cannot be guaranteed but you can still do your own Virtual Scrub Jay, enter results and get your digital finisher certificate and your shirt and medal will be to you soon enough.
Registration fees are non-refundable and not transferable. 100% of your entrance fees benefit the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc. a 501 (c)3 and the threatened Florida scrub-jay. Friends of Oscar Scherer Park supports the park through charitable, scientific, literary and educational functions, and through programs, activities, and fundraising to foster awareness of its importance as an environmental and recreational asset and to assist in conserving its natural and cultural resources.
The cost of this event is covered by the support of our loyal sponsors and a generous grant from Lee Wetherington Foundation, a Supporting Organization of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.
If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact us.
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