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Carillon Classic 5K Celebrates 10th Anniversary Saturday, May 1

Offering one of the most picturesque race routes in the country, the Carillon Classic 5K presented by AdventHealth returns to Bok Tower Gardens, Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m.

Registration for the event began Friday, March 12, and is available at The cost is $30 per participant and includes an event t-shirt, event momento, and post-race refreshments (price increases to $35 week of race). Prizes will be awarded for the top three runners in each age category.

The health and safety of runners and spectators are paramount to the success of this race. Organizers will follow all COVID-19 health precautions as directed by the CDC. Masks are required for all participants before and after the race, and runners must physically distance themselves while running. A virtual experience option is also available.

"We are very excited to be the presenting partner for the Carillon Classic 5K. Our support of the race aligns with our message of 'Feel Whole.' We encourage people to participate in life events that bring them joy and help them continue on a road to wellness and well-being,'' said Brian Adams, AdventHealth Polk Market CEO.

The race is a partnership of Bok Tower Gardens and Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing. Race logistics and operations are under the direction of Raelynn Dessart of Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing.

Popular for its demanding course and beautiful scenery, the race has become an annual tradition for running enthusiasts. The event was established in 2012 and has grown in popularity over the years as many runners consider it Florida's most challenging 5K course.

Runners experience elevation changes and various running surfaces, including paved roads plus grass, gravel, and mulch trails. One of the race's most unique aspects is the Singing Tower's musical encouragement as the bells ring out during the race.

A kid's fun run will occur post-race, providing junior runners with a shorter course.


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