Fernandina Beach, FL – One of the most festive running events in North Florida is returning to Fernandina Beach! It’s the 10th annual Pirates on the Run, featuring a free pancake breakfast for registered runners and walkers, courses that include cross-country routes through the Egan’s Creek Greenway, and lots and lots of pirates!
The Ned Tyson Memorial Pirates on the Run 5K/10K will begin at 8:30 AM. The start and finish lines are at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of 8th and Atlantic Streets.
All registered entrants get a free pancake breakfast after the race. Breakfasts for guests who aren’t registered in the run will be $5.00 each.
And here’s another great perk: The Fernandina Beach Market Place will be offering special discounts with all of their vendors for anyone with a Pirates on the Run race bib on race day! The Market Place is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturdays, just a block west of our race headquarters on Centre Street.
Both race courses run through Fernandina’s streets and onto the Egan’s Creek Greenway where runners will enjoy beautiful views of nature and wildlife through a grass cross-country route. (The Greenway nature trail is hard-packed, but portions will be muddy if there’s been rain.)
Members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, in full regalia, will be on the course to cheer the runners and walkers, and handing out Mardi Gras beads to finishers!
Scoring for the 5K and 10K races will require a chip on your shoe. This year disposable chips are being used, so you won’t have to return them after the race. You will pick up your chip at the same time you get your race packet. If you have your own chip, you can preregister with your chip number and deduct $2 from your entry fee. (Sorry, personal chips can’t be used if you sign up on race day.)
Walkers are welcome and are encouraged to enter the 5K. Walkers also can wear a chip if you’d like your time recorded. Walkers, please stay on the sidewalk as much as possible.
NO STROLLERS, dogs or headphones in the 5K/10K. (No kids’ fun runs this year.)
The Greenway surface is especially non-conducive to strollers, so please don’t use them. Be aware that there will be traffic on the course, except in the Greenway. (The 10K Greenway course will cross a road with traffic, out-and-back.)
Please don’t switch from the 10K to the 5K, or vice versa, without telling us before the race at the registration tables so we can assign you a new number. If you switch distances without telling us at registration, your results will be listed in the wrong race, which will also make other runners’ rankings wrong.
The event is run and walked in memory of Ned Tyson, who came up with the idea for the race in 2004 and helped nurture it for its first three years. The Amelia Island Runners club assumed management of the event in 2007, and it quickly became one of the community’s most popular races.
Proceeds benefit Amelia Island Runners’ youth scholarships and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church mission trips.