• Feb. 23 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Registration Opens For Garden's Get-Up-And-Grow 5K Fun Run

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Sign-ups Open for Naples Botanical Garden's Fun Run to Kickoff a Day of Health-Focused Family Activities

NAPLES, FL - January 24, 2011 - Whether you’re a serious runner or just someone looking to admire the scenery, registration is now open for Naples Botanical Garden’s first 5K Fun Run, part of its Get Up and Grow Day of health-focused activities and education on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Organized with the help of the Gulf Coast Runners, the Fun-Run will kick-off the day at 7:00 a.m. with registration and the official start of the run beginning at 8:00 a.m., followed by a 1-mile walk for those looking to take a more leisurely pace. 

Sign-up for your place in the Garden’s Fun Run online. 

Entry Fees:

February 23-28           $20 Non-Members / $15 Garden Members

March 1-11                  $30 Non-Members / $25 Garden Members

Race Day                    $35

Entry fees include registration for the Fun Run, a Get Up and Grow t-shirt, and admission to the Garden for all the day’s activities.

Pre-run snacks and preparatory activities such as stretching will take place on the Garden’s Event Plaza before runners and walkers take off on the designated paths around the Garden. Post race activities begin at 9am on the Event Plaza with additional programming in the Vicky C. and David Bryon Smith Children’s Garden from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. such as:

  • Get Up and Get Physical – Exercise-inspired fun for children
  • Story Time – Reading of The Ugly Vegetables
  • Get Cooking – Kids cooking demonstrations

The Third Street South Farmer’s Market will be traveling over to the Garden and setting up to sell their goods from 1:00-4:00 p.m. as well. Visitors can join group exercise presentations and activities throughout the afternoon around the Garden or meander the paths and enjoy the sights.

 Staying active and learning how to engage with your environment in a healthy way is a very important message for the Garden,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “We have such a tremendous opportunity to share these lessons with each of our visitors throughout the Garden with miles of walking paths and hands-on activities, especially the Smith Children’s Garden.”

 The Garden will be open for visitors during regular hours – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – with the Garden Event Plaza and running paths open during registration and the Fun Run from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Regular admission prices apply for visitors not participating in the Fun Run. Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org. 

*Due to the varied terrain no costumes, headphones roller blades or skateboards will be permitted during the Fun Run and walk. 

About Naples Botanical Garden

 Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. 

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

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