Mad Dash 5K 2017 - Tampa-St. Pete

Apr 22
Hosted by:Forward Performing Arts, ...
April 22, 2017 at 8:00am to
Weedon Island Preserve map 1800 Weedon Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Goal: $6,000
$5,413 4 90% Complete

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Created by Forward Performing Arts & the Madison Scouts, The Mad Dash 5K was started to support and promote a healthy lifestyle and fitness in our nation's youth, with particular focus toward those young people participating in high school marching bands, color guards, and drum lines. Proceeds raised through the Mad Dash 5K will be used to advance health & wellness initiatives in the marching arts through practice and a series of educational clinics.

Proceeds from the Tampa-St. Pete event will also support the music education programs at Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida.



The 2017 Tampa-St. Pete Mad Dash 5K is a combinations street and trail run in Pinellas County, Florida. The start and finish are at the Weedon Island Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The course runs through the Cultural Center parking lot to Weedon Drive, east to the Fishing Pier, then doubles back west along Weedon Drive to the second trail entry.

For the next 2.1 miles participants run under the canopy on the trails at Weedon Island. The course path is varied, from sand trails to a dirt path (and yes, maybe some mud). There are twists and turns in the path, bridges to cross and an abundance of wildlife to experience, including the protected Gopher Tortoise. Finishers receive the commemorative Mad Dash Dog Tag, water, fruit and the satisfaction of knowing they have supported music education on a local and national level!

NOTE: Participants registered after April 6, 2017 are not guaranteed a #RunLikeMad Event Tee Shirt.  We will accommodate as many people as possible who register past that date.

The 2017 Mad Dash St Pete is sponsored by 102.5 The Bone/Mike Calta Show, Gold and Diamond Source, Hands Across the Bay, Fit2Run St Petersburg, Suncoast Fitness, Ted's Firearms/St Pete Police Supply, Billy's Corner Barber Shop, Urban Brew and BBQ, The Avenue Eat/Drink, Punky's Bar and Grill, Dr Eric Springer/Northeast Chiropractic Center, Dr Mike Hopkins/Hopkins Restorative Dentistry, Sacino's Formalwear and


The mission of Forward Performing Arts is to provide a program for youth in music and performance training through a positive environment that emphasizes character and social development, leadership, self-discipline, and the pursuit of excellence. This is exemplified through its educational pursuits and performing ensembles, including the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.

The Madison Scouts is a World Class drum and bugle corps that competes in the Drum Corps International (DCI) league. Founded in 1938, the Scouts have become one of the most recognized corps in the activity, winning two World Championships and consistently placing as a finalist throughout its history. To learn more about the Madison Scouts and Forward Performing Arts visit


Registrations after Wednesday, April 19 - Please print out and bring your confirmation email to the registration table on site!

THANK YOU for participating in the 2017 Mad Dash 5K Run/Walk for Music Education. We're excited about our second year on the trails at Weedon Island Preserve.

Here's what you need to know this week.

While the weather for the week looks great right now, the Mad Dash runs rain or shine. Be prepared for a trail run. That means uneven surfaces, bridges, sand, and perhaps some muddy parts of the trail.

Bring bug spray. We are running in a Nature Preserve.

Packet Pick Up: Friday, April 21 from 5p-7p at Fit 2 Run St Petersburg. (3rd Ave N at 2nd St N Downtown St Pete)

Registration and Check In: Saturday, April 22nd, 7:00am On site registration is available. $40.00. There is no guarantee of a #RunLikeMad tee shirt for late or walk up registration. We will do our best to accommodate everyone.

Parking: At the Cultural Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702. There are a limited number of spaces. Carpooling is encouraged. Overflow parking is at the Experimental Research Station. Guides will direct you should that be necessary.

Restrooms: The public restrooms at the Cultural Center will be open.

Weedon Island Drive will close to traffic at 7:45am. It will reopen at approximately 8:15am. Plan to arrive prior to 7:45am.

Because we are on a Nature Preserve, the County asks all participants to be mindful of the surrounding. Check under your car before leaving for Gopher Tortoises.

Thank you to our Sponsors: 102.5 THE BONE, Gold & Diamond Source, Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay, Fit2Run-St.Petersburg, Suncoast Fitness, Billy's Corner Barber Shop, URBAN Brew and BBQ, The Avenue Eat + Drink, Punky's Bar and Grill, Northeast Chiropractic Center- Dr. Eric Springer, Hopkins Aesthetic & Reconstructive Dentistry, Ted's Firearms - St Pete Police Supply, Sacino's Formalwear and Rainbow411

Thank you to the Staff and Members of the Seminole High School Band for your volunteer efforts.

I also want to thank Danny Rogers and Dawn Peters for their efforts to make our race happen.

And THANK YOU for participating. Bring your friends on Saturday and let's raise even more money for the arts.

Feel free to reach out to us anytime with questions:

See you Friday night at Fit 2 Run and Saturday as we #RunLikeMad to support Music Education!


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