Rodeo Run is back and ready to go

More than 140 athletes participated in the 2011 Rodeo Run.

After last year’s revival of the Rodeo Run, things are right on track and ready to roll for Sunday’s 5K event at Clement Taylor Park.

“We already have 100 registered,” said Kimmy Meyers, race director for the event that will hit the pavement at 8 a.m.

Last year was the first time the race was held since 1994. In years’ past, The Destin Log and Harbor Docks sponsored the Rodeo Run, a 10K event followed by a Fun Run.

Today the run is a 5K and “we could have as many as 175 runners,” Meyers said, noting that race day registration usually brings in about 60 more people. Cost of entry is $20 and will be open on race day from 7 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. at the park.

Race will start at Clement Taylor Park run down Calhoun to Cross Street to the bay and back to Clement Taylor Park.

“I think it’s becoming one of the area’s premier races, because it’s a nice course … flat, fast and simple,” Meyers said.

In addition to the draw of the course, “Keys to a good race is a good T-shirt, after race party and goody bag,” Meyers said.

The shirt features an eight-color logo and the after-party will be held upstairs at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar. The bash will include red beans and rice, fruit salad and beer. Runners at the party will also be eligible for the raffling off of such things as dive trips, bottles of wine, T-shirts and gift certificates.

“Plus it’s a great view,” Meyers said. “And then they can walk right down to the seafood festival and the rodeo.”

The Destin Seafood Festival will be spread out along the harbor, and the Destin Fishing Rodeo scales will open at 10 a.m. on the docks behind AJ’s.

“The race ties in well with the festivities of the rodeo. It’s a good community event,” she said, noting it wouldn’t be possible without all the local sponsors and the Northwest Florida Track Club.

And all the money goes right back into the community with proceeds going toward the Miss Destin Scholarship Fund.