Spring Break 5K runs into April

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 02:02 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Vacationers and locals are invited to the Spring Break 5K series, which began March 5 and runs noon Wednesdays through the first week in April.

“Last week we had some students from Minnesota and a few locals came out,” said Race Director Amy Mann. “We have great sponsors, and we are gaining momentum to put together a summer series. We think for families we will have an earlier start time. But for this, I had to put myself in the mind set of a spring breaker. We know they’re going to go out late dancing and whatever but a lot really want to get their workout in. It’s something to offer students a new positive option while on vacation.”

All participants receive a 2014 Spring Break 5K T-shirt and prizes are awarded for first, second and third place each week.

“Gayle’s Trails is a nicely paved outdoor course with water station,” Mann said. “But the biggest things are prizes and swag bags.”

Runners receive bags filled with Pineapple Willy’s and Wicked Wheel T-shirts and goodies from Liza’s Kitchen.

“I’m going to try to run all five of them,” said Chef Mike Meek, who owns Liza’s Kitchen with his wife, Cat. “It’s kinda getting to that point now that Liza’s getting older and we want to make sure we instruct her well with healthier habits. And that way we also are around a lot longer and we feel better, have a better attitude.”

The Meeks’ daughter, Liza, turned 8 in October.



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