Registration open for Lighthouse 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run on Sept. 18

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The Junior Service League of St. Augustine will host the Lighthouse 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run at 4 p.m. Sept. 18, beginning and ending at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine.

To register, go to jslofstaugustine.org/about/events/lighthouse-5k.

The League hosts the annual event to support the St. Augustine lighthouse. The inau­gural race in 1983 was titled “The Bud Light Twilight Lighthouse Run.”

The Lighthouse 5K is a chipped race that serves as a qualifier for the Gate River Run. An awards ceremony follows the race on the lighthouse grounds. Each year the staff at the lighthouse provides activities for the children, such as face painting, arts and crafts and more.

Visitors may climb the tower for free during Night Fest, a community event that coincides with the race and is held from 4 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the Lighthouse 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run benefit numerous JSL service projects and provide financial support for local nonprofit organizations.

RACE DETAILS

The 5K will start at 4 p.m. Sept. 18, and the Fun Run will begin at 5 p.m. The award ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. The race course is a flat 3.1 miles through the historic Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores. Parking is available at, or across from, the lighthouse and outside the nearby soccer fields off Red Cox Drive.

Online registration closes at 10 a.m. Sept. 17. Register early and save on the entrance fee. Registration is $35 before Sept. 1 and $40 through Sept. 17. The Fun Run registration fee is $15. The entry fee is non-refundable.

Packet pick-up will be on the front porch of the St. Augustine Lighthouse from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Pack­ets will also be available on race day. Walk-up registration will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on the day of the race.

Awards will be given at the post-race celebration on the lighthouse grounds. The top overall male and female run­ners will be awarded $100. The top three participants in each age group will receive awards.

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