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Runners shine, even in the rain

Runners shine, even in the rainDespite sporadic rain showers, runners from around Nassau – and neighboring counties – shined bright during the Micah’s Place “Taking Strides to End Abuse” 5K/Fun Run/Kids Zone.

The 2nd annual event, which kicked off at Central Park, was held on Saturday, April 25th, took runners on a trek down Atlantic Avenue, with a finish line near the Park.

While temperatures in the mid-70s and a steady rain overshadowed the race, they couldn’t outshine the blistering pace set by many runners on what many considered a “fast” course.

race-1The race’s overall winner was Laura DiBella, 36, of Fernandina Beach, who finished the race with a time of 19:18, and an impressive pace of 6:13. DiBella was one of eight runners who finished the race with a pace under seven minutes.

While not all participants ran at top speed, everyone shone brighter than the overcast skies, with many runners wearing purple in support of Victims of Domestic Violence.

“It was a fabulous day for runners, walkers and spectators. We are so thrilled to have so many committed community members show their support, despite the weather. As we know, Domestic Violence doesn’t stop for bad weather – so neither will we.” said Heather Jones, Chief Executive Officer for Micah’s Place.

Race 4-cropThis event was emceed by John Drew, with all proceeds going to Micah’s Place to assist victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

Micah’s Place nonprofit is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Its mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence.

All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or our Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

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2015 Micah’s Place Taking Strides to End Abuse

2015 Micah's Place Taking Strides to End AbusePlease join Micah’s Place for the 2nd Annual Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K/Fun Run & Kid Zone on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 4:30 – 9:00 P.M at Central Park on Atlantic Boulevard, Fernandina Beach, FL.

This event features an evening 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run, Food Trucks & Vendors, FREE Kid’s Zone, Beer and Wine, Live Music, and more!

Online registration is now available on 1st Place Sports website, and a link is available on the Micah’s Place Face Book Page.

Once online registration closes you my still register on race day, prior to the event.

Packet pick up will take place on Friday, April 24th from 10 AM to 6 PM at the 1st Place Sports Baymeadows Store – and from 11 AM – 6 PM at Current Running in Fernandina Beach. Packets will then be taken to the race site for race day pickup beginning at 3:00 PM.

Awards will be presented to the top three men and women overall and the top three in each of the following male and female age groups. Stay after the race for the post race celebration, including Food and drinks, vendor booths, FREE kid’s zone, and live music!

Last but not least, the day’s music will be generously provided by local musicians, including Dan Voll, Julia Savage and more.

All proceeds for this great event will go to Micah’s Place to assist victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

Micah’s Place nonprofit is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Its mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or our Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

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Whimsical Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K

Whimsical Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5KThe Whimsical Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K, Kids 1 mile, 1/2 mile and 100yd dash is a selection of fun races and activities for the entire family.

There will be musical Christmas entertainment on the route, and a Kids Zone with free arts and crafts and bounces houses. For the adults there will be a Beer Garden, and there will be Chocolate milk and holiday cookies and treats for all participants.

The half marathon starts at Main beach park goes north through a residential area and returns to Main Beach, then into Fort Clinch, down to historic Fernandina Beach, and back through the Fort with the finish on the beach.

The 5K route is the same route going through the residential area.

Half Marathon/5K Awards: Overall and age group

There will be a special reindeer bib lottery, a Christmas costume contest, and a new hoofs drawing (shoes).

A unique medal will be awarded to all half marathon finishers.

Walkers are welcome and must complete the course in 3.5 hours.

Official race rules: No headphones, animals with the exception of service animals, bicycles, or strollers on course.

Tech T-shirts for half marathoners/cotton shirts for 5K runners. No shirts for kids races. $5 registration fee for kids runs or instead, bring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots!

Kids Awards and Activities: 1 and 1/2-mile fun runs (12 and under) with Santa along with a tiny reindeer run 100 yard dash (1 to 4 years). Prizes to all finishers. Best Christmas costume.

Proceeds benefit: The Healthy Families Program, Friends of Ft. Clinch and Amelia Island Runners Youth Running Program and our Featured Charity Girl Power 2 Cure. The Power of Girls to Cure Rett Syndrome. To learn more go to www.girlpower2cure.org

Amelia Island Runners is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Register here: http://www.ameliarunners.com/#!reindeer-run/c10e8

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Micah’s Place Taking Strides to End Abuse

Micah's Place Taking Strides to End AbuseMicah’s Place Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K/1 Mile Fun Run and Food Truck Rally will benefit Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center, serving Nassau County, Florida.

Saturday, March 1, 2014, Central Park on Atlantic Avenue on Amelia Island will be THE place to be with a Food Truck Rally, activities for kids, live music, amazing food and beer.

Registration is only $25.00 until February 27, at 9 am when online registration closes. Registration will be $30 on March 1st, which is race day.

The Fun Run is for children 12 and under, it is FREE, and all finishers will receive a medal!

The Fun Run is FREE and is for children 12 and Under.

Register online by clicking HERE.

(An additional processing fee will be charged by ITS Your Race.com for online registration.)

For Mail in registrations, Make checks payable to: Micahs Place and mail to: 10518 Fort George Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226. Sorry, no refunds.

T-Shirts will be given to the first 300 pre-registered entrants, so sign up early.

The race will be timed and scored by Jaguar Timing Systems electronic bib tag. Your entry fee covers the cost of the disposable chip which does not need to be returned. Bib MUST be worn on the front chest to be scored electronically. Please do not fold the microprocessor.

Race packets may be picked up at Current Running from Thursday February 27, at noon – until Friday at 6 pm.

For RACE DAY PICK UP, please arrive early to avoid lines.

Results will be posted near the finish line within minutes of the conclusion of the race and on the internet at www.milestoneraceauthority.com.

Be sure to plan to stick around for all of the fun and entertainment after the race at Central Park.

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2013 5K for Cedar Haven

2013 5K for Cedar HavenSaturday, November 9, 2013 is the Women of Power 5K Run for Cedar Haven. Join your friends at WIN WIN and participate in the run for Cedar Haven that begins at Main Beach.

Walk, run, or jog for the Women of Power 5K to support Cedar Haven Transitional House. It’s not too late; go directly to www.active.com and search women of power 5k to register.

Again, you do not have to run; there will be a group of walkers enjoying our beautiful beach this Saturday.

The November monthly meeting has been cancelled, so participating in the 5K is a great way to lend your support this month.

Thank you for your continued support of WIN WIN and Cedar Haven Transitional House for Women.

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Ben Byrns Foundation 5K Runway Rally 2013

Ben Byrns Foundation 5K Runway Rally 2013The Byrns family created the Ben Byrns Foundation after the loss of their son, Ben. The Foundation hosts a 5K run at the airport to raise funds to support their mission to strive to educate and guide young adults to make good decisions in their lives.

This is an all volunteer-organization.

This year’s race is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2013. The Ben Byrns Foundation will be at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market on N. 7th Street in downtown Fernandina Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with a table to let people know about their organization and its mission. They will also be handing out race information and accepting race registrations.

Proceeds from the first annual Ben Byrns 5K Runway Rally went to the Boy and Girls Clubs of Nassau County and the Nassau Humane Society. The Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County is creating a “Teen” center that will cater to young adults who tend to shy away from the club at the age fourteen, so once again, proceeds will be shared between the two groups.

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Quick Reminder Women of Power 5 K

Quick Reminder Women of Power 5 KHere is a quick reminder if you want to participate in the 2nd Annual Women of Power 5K: “Run into Your Purpose!”

The run will be held at Main Beach on Saturday, November 10th, 2012. The proceeds from this 5K Run/Walk benefits Cedar Haven, a transitional house for women facing homelessness in Fernandina Beach. Cedar Haven gets NO MONEY from the government; it is 100% privately funded!

Cedar Haven is a project of Women of Power, 501c3, whose founder LaVerne Floyd-Mitchell was recently recognized by the Florida Times Union as one of “10 Who Make a Difference.”

Registration is open at: www.active.com/running/fernandina-beach-fl/women-of-power-5k-2012.

To learn more about LaVerne Floyd-Mitchell you can see the Florida Times Union article HERE.

Even if you don’t want to come out and walk or run for this great cause, you could show your support for the local sponsors helping with this event:

    North Florida Appraisals, Inc.
    The Bridge Family Worship Center
    FiFi’s Fine Resale Retail Therapy
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