Jail Break 5K set for Saturday


INK! (Investing in Kids) and Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine will add festive activities and updates during this year’s 6th Annual Jail Break 5K run and walk fundraiser.

Race day registration and packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with the race starting at 8 a.m.

The race begins at The Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Blvd., St. Augustine. Among several new features, a race warm-up session featuring Matt Migut of Amp Hardcore Gym will be held at the  Old Jail at 7:30 a.m.

Family-friendly entertainment includes adult and children “jail breakers” who plan their escape from the 130-year-old historic venue and run through picturesque, historic areas. Scenic ocean, river and Intracoastal Waterway views are featured in the run on the Francis and Mary Usina “Vilano” Bridge, and wrap up at Vilano Beach Pavilion, 20 Vilano Road.

The event is a 5K USA Track & Field (USATF) Certified Course.

New this year will be live bands alongside the race route with The Grapes of Roth, featuring Elizabeth Roth and her local style of classic rock and contemporary music, and Skin & Bonz, featuring Tommy Bledsoe and company with bluegrass and modern folk music. There will be entertainment and activities for runners and attendees.

All runners will be rounded up as “prisoners” as they begin the race and will be transported back to the Old Jail from Vilano Beach by shuttle as needed.

Runners are encouraged to dress in festive Halloween attire. A costume contest sponsored by Ghosts and Gravestones will include $1,000 in cash prizes and will be judged along the race route. Commemorative, distinctive T-shirts and this year’s unique finisher medals will be provided for all race participants.

Online race registration is open until noon Friday, Oct. 29, and the cost is $40 per participant. Register in person at the pre-race packet pick-up from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Old Town Trolley Tours Welcome Center, 1305 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd.

Day-of-race entries are due by 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30, and the cost is $45 per participant.

Free race parking is available at Old Town Trolley locations including 167 San Marco Ave., 1305 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd. and 1700 Ponce De Leon Blvd. in St. Augustine. Paid parking is available at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, adjacent to the Visitor Information Center, 1 Cordova St.

For information and to sign up, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintAugustine/EscapeFromStAugustine. Registration check payments are payable to INK! (Investing in Kids) at 1 Christopher St., St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Overall male and female finishers and the top three runners will be in the following age groups: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and older. Water stations will be located at the race start, and at one mile, two miles and at the finish line.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to benefit the innovative programs and classroom resources at INK!, which promotes academic success for all St. Johns County public school students and teachers.

In the event of inclement weather, emergency or a natural disaster, INK! reserves the right to cancel or postpone the race. In the event of cancellation or postponement, there will be no refunds.