My Upcoming Races

I'm so glad this page is transitioning back to showing mostly in-person races, instead of the virtual-fest that was 2020 and 2021!

During those years, while completing a crazy amount of virtual races, I let pandemic despair get the best of me. I ended up gaining an unhealthy amount of Covid weight.

On top of that, in mid July 2021, I had a big setback with what had been mild but persistent knee pain that finally turned into something much worse. I finally saw an orthopedic doctor for help. Unfortunately, prescribed physical therapy is not helping as much as I had hoped. I'll be trying different treatments to get back on track.

Meanwhile, as I get back to it, I'll be mixing up walking with running intervals to find my new sweet spot. I still love running and participating in races is a lot of fun, so as I work to improve my fitness, lose this weight, and get my pain under control, I've got some events on my calendar.

In-Person Events

Barney Butter Lake Eola 5K

I'll be running this 5K, part of the larger OUC Orlando Half Marathon event put on by Track Shack each December, for the first time. BDR Orlando runners got a $10 coupon off for the event, and I took advantage! The race takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run Presented by AdventHealth for Children

Arthur and I will both participate in this fun run/walk through SeaWorld in Orlando on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

Naughty or Nice Lake Mary 5K

Naughty or Nice is a fun holiday race series that's been going on for a few years; I've run it a few times before. This year's Lake Mary event will take place on December 11, 2022.

WDW Marathon Weekend 5K

Registration for this anniversary WDW Marathon Weekend's events sold out in record time. Race bibs have been coming online in brief spurts since registration day, and I was able to snag a bib during one of these short windows of opportunity. The 5K takes place in the wee hours of Thursday, January 5, 2023.

The Feeding Frenzy 5K and Shark Bite 5K (5K Challenge)

I've run 5K races at the popular Shark Bite Half Marathon weekend a couple of times before. In 2023 I'm in for the 5K challenge, which takes place January 14-15, 2023.

Monroe Cross Trail 17K

This race was first put on last year as a 50 miler run across the trails of our beautiful county. The race director is a club mate and the inaugural event was a big success. Back for its second year, a 50K was added, and later, a 17K. I signed up for the shortest distance, a 10ish-miler. This race will take place on January 29, 2023.

AdventHealth Pump House Run 8-Miler

The Pump House Run 5K back in 2020 was one of my favorite races. In 2023 I'm in for the 8-Miler, which might be a bit ambitious considering that at the time of this writing I'm down with bad knees again and haven't been training at all. We'll see -- maybe I'll have to drop down to the 5K (like I did last time). Either way, the race will take place on February 18, 2023. And whatever happens, I'll go birding afterwards.

Best Damn Race Orlando 10K

I enjoyed running the BDR Orlando 10K in 2022 so I decided to get in on the early blitz pricing again for 2023. This race will take place on March 4, 2023.

AdventHealth Lake Minneola 5K

I'll be running this 5K on March 25, 2023. The popular event also includes a half marathon and 10K.

Bunny Hop 5K

This run is at my local park, Gemini Springs, where I like to sign up for all the races. I ran the 2022 Bunny Hop 5K and aim to beat last year's time on race day, April 9, 2023.

runDisney Springtime Surprise Challenge

I'm in for the second annual Springtime Surprise, again for the 3-race challenge. The races will take place April 14-16, 2023.

Virtual Events

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.

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 can't attend in person due to travel, but wanted to support the cause. Race day is October 22, 2022. I'm not sure when I'll complete this one virtually.

Lake Helen Holiday Stress Buster

I'll be out of town when this annual Christmas Eve race takes place this year. I'll be on a cruise ship and hope to complete the run on the day of, December 24, 2022. I've participated in the Stress Buster 4 other times.

Page last updated 11/23/22