My Upcoming Races

This is a list of the upcoming race events for which I'm registered.

Since I'm still working through knee pain that's been plaguing me for a couple of years, I'm doing a lot of walking at these races. It's still fun -- after all, the party's at the back!

In-Person Events

Volusia County Schools Trails to Success 5K

I'll participate in this race that takes place at my local park, Gemini Springs, on October 15, 2023.

U Can Finish 5 Mile

On Global Running Day, Track Shack offered a $5 discount on their upcoming races. I took advantage by signing up for a couple of races that will coincide with my upcoming training plan. The plan calls for a 5 mile run on race day, so it was a perfect fit. This will be my first time participating in this popular race at UCF that attracts students, alumni, and faculty. This race will take place on October 22, 2023.

Central 28 Monster Mash-N-Dash 5K

Last year was fun so I'm in again -- I'll participate in this 2nd annual event at my hometown beer brewery on October 28, 2023.

United With The Blue

I had to participate in the inaugural running of this race virtually last year. I'm in for the in-person experience this time, on November 5, 2023.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

I'm hoping to get my 2nd Coast to Coast by running this race on January 6, 2024 and the half in Disneyland the following week.

Disneyland Half Marathon Race Weekend

OMG races are returning to Disneyland after a 5+ year hiatus, and boy, are runners excited! The races, plus kid's runs and yoga, all sold out within an hour! I was lucky to grab a half marathon bib, and Arthur and I are both in for the 5K. I wanted a Dumbo Double Dare bib, but they sold out first. I might try to upgrade to the challenge, but for now I'm super happy I got in for the half, and have a chance to get my second Coast-to-Coast Challenge medal. Race weekend begins with the expo on January 11, 2024, and concludes with the half on January 14, 2024.

Ivy Hawn 5K

I'll participate in this race that supports a local elementary school track team on January 27, 2024.


Arthur and I will participate in this popular 5K through downtown Deland on February 3, 2024.

Lake Apopka 5K

I've run this 5K twice before and had a lot of fun, so I'm in again. This year the Pumphouse 8-Miler and 5K joins the Scenic 30K which used to be a separate event on a different date. This year the events all take place on February 18, 2024.

Best Damn Race Orlando 10K

I unfortunately missed running the 2023 event due to a painful case of bursitis in my left knee. This is always an enjoyable race day so I hope I'm fit to make a triumphant return on race day, March 2, 2024.

Springtime Surprise Weekend at Walt Disney World

I'm in for the third edition of the Springtime Surprise Challenge at Walt Disney World taking place April 19-21, 2024. Like the previous two events, the challenge consists of a 5K on Friday, a 10K on Saturday, and a 10-Miler on Sunday.

Hero Hustle

I'll participate in this local DeBary race on May 18, 2024. I've run this race (and its previous iteration) four times before.

Mount Dora Double (5K and Half Marathon Challenge)

I deferred my 2023 registration to 2024 due to a conflict for the original 2023 date. The event consists of a 5K on Saturday morning and a Half Marathon on Sunday morning. These races will take place in December 2024.

Virtual Events

2023 Melissa's Race to Battle Brain Cancer

I've run this local race three times; for my 4th run I'm participating virtually (switched from in-person due to a conflict). Race day is May 6, 2023; I'm not sure when I'll run it.

2023 AdventHealth Lake Minneola 5K

Due to an unfortunate case of bursitis in my left knee, I opted to convert this race entry to the virtual option. Race day was March 25, 2023. I'm not sure when I'll get this one done.

2022 Black Bear Romp 5K

This race raises money to help save Florida's Black Bears by subsidizing bear-resistant trash cans for Wekiva Basin residents. I couldn't attend in person due to travel, but wanted to support the cause. Race day was October 22, 2022. I'm not sure when I'll complete this one virtually.

2021 Scrub Jay Race 5K

This annual race series in Osprey, Florida, has been on my bucket list for a while. The races benefit the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park and the threatened Florida Scrub-Jay. Since the races had to go virtual I decided to sign up. I was a late registrant for the event which took place from January 2nd to January 10th, 2021 (I signed up on the 10th). I am hoping to complete this at our local Florida Scrub-Jay hotspot, Lyonia Preserve, but I don't have a date in mind just yet. And I still hope to participate in person some day.

Page last updated 9/9/23