SPORTS

Rodeo Run ready to roll out Oct. 4

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
More and 200 runners participated in last year's Rodeo Run. Organizers are expecting an even bigger turnout this year on Sunday, Oct. 4 at Clement Taylor Park.

The Rodeo Run is not just a foot race anymore, it’s an event, fundraiser and competition all wrapped up in one.

As a fundraiser, the Rodeo Run raised more than $5,000 for The Ronald McDonald House last year, plus additional funds which were set aside for the Destin Fishing Rodeo Miss Destin Scholarship Fund.

As for it being an event, runners who participate in this year’s Rodeo Run 5K set for Oct. 4, will be able to walk right down to the 37th annual Seafood Festival stretched out along Destin harbor or visit the Destin Fishing Rodeo on the docks behind AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar. The rodeo scales will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

"I'm excited, with the seafood festival and rodeo it's going to be an awesome day," said race director Kimmy Meyers.

Last year the Rodeo Run had 225 finishers.

And the competition, it’s all fun and games.

“We have a lot of people from out of town that come back year after year,” Meyers said from such places as Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky.

Last year’s winners from Tennessee, Tim and Missie Gregory, were repeats having ran the event in 2011.

But it’s not all out of towners, the locals turn out in droves as well, Meyers said.

“People are already registering,” she said.

Entry fee is $25 and registration will be open on race day at 7 a.m. at Clement Taylor Park on Calhoun Avenue. The first 200 to register will receive a Rodeo Run T-shirt.

"Wait until you see the T-shirts … they are cool as always," Meyers said.

The race, which is flat, fast and simple, will start at Clement Taylor Park run down Calhoun to Cross Street to the bay and back to Clement Taylor Park.

All runners are invited to the after-party upstairs at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar immediately following the race. In addition to food and beer, runners will be awarded for their efforts and will also be eligible for the raffling of prizes.

“The party at AJ’s is the kicker,” Meyers said, noting it’s always the best.

Registration is available online at active.com or forms can be picked up at Run With It in Fort Walton Beach or at the Destin Fishing Rodeo Office on Stahlman Ave. in Destin. For more information, call Meyers at 850-496-0590.

Early packet pickup will be at the Destin Community Center at 101 Stahlman Ave. on Oct. 1 fromm 4-6 p.m. and on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.