The GD5K is a fun fitness event promoting the College Game Day ritual of Tailgating. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in support of their favorite college team. All proceeds from this fundraising event will be gifted away in the form of academic college scholarships. This event is fully sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club and will have all their mandatory levels of excellence.



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colleges represented

Hurry Up! Only spots remain available for 2017


May 1, 2017

Registration Opens — Both online and mail-in registration begin.    $25/each  - Discount pricing in effect for all.


November 1, 2017

Must be registered by November 1st for guaranteed  shirt size.   $30/each - Regular pricing in effect for all.

6:30 am

November 18, 2017

6:30am Packet pick-up and Race Day registration begins at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. $30/each - Race Day pricing in effect for all.

7:55 am

November 18, 2017

7:55am : National Anthem   -  Mia Petrov (youth singer)


November 18, 2017

8:00am Race Scheduled to Start  -  Dan Pollock (MTC starter and announcer)


November 18, 2017

9:15am  - Awards Ceremony and Scholarship Presentation scheduled to start


Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota FL 34240.

More Info

How to get to the Race

From Route 75

Take University Ave (Exit #213) and head East towards Lakewood Ranch. In 1 mile turn South (Right) off of University Ave onto Lakewood Ranch Blvd. In 1 mile, turn East (Left) off of Lakewood Ranch Blvd onto Wireless Court and into Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Follow signs to parking lot on the right.







Contact Tom Flanagan - Race Director - tomflan51@gmail.com

All proceeds from the race will be gifted away in the form of College Scholarships.  The 4 schools with the most number of registered runners will be proportionately awarded the scholarship revenue.  Scholarship winners will be announced at the start of the Awards Ceremony on race day.

No, all of the scholarship money does not go to Ohio State.  The 4 schools with the most number of registered runners will receive the scholarship proceeds.  Dollar amount of the 4 scholarships will be proportionately distributed based on the registrations.

There will be a line on the registration form for you to designate which school you support.  You can only vote for one school per registration.  In 2016, there were 50 different colleges and universities represented.  US Military Academy, Indiana University, University of Florida and The Ohio State University had the highest number of votes.

Yes, strollers and walkers are welcomed to register, vote and participate in the GD5K.  However, it is highly recommended that slower participants migrate to the back of the field so as not to hinder the safety of the faster runners.

Yes, of course there will be free Jet's Pizza and free beer after the GD5K.  Other food items such as Smoothies from Keva Juice, fresh apples and bananas from Detwiler's Farm Market and breakfast pastries and fresh vegetables from Sprout's Farmers Market will be available to all participants as well.



Discount Pricing - May 1st

  • Race kit
  • Game Day Race T-Shirt
  • Beer & Pizza
  • Awards Ceremony


Regular Pricing - Nov 1st

  • Race kit
  • Game Day Race T-Shirt
  • Pizza & Beer
  • Awards Ceremony


Day of Race - Nov 18th

  • Race kit
  • Game Day Race T-Shirt
  • Pizza & Beer
  • Awards Ceremony