Join Us Again for Run to the Arts 2019!
Save the date: Sunday, February 3, 2019.
Downtown Fort Myers Waterfront
Sunday, February 3, 2019
5 kilometers. Run or walk. Race or fun.
At the one and only ArtFest Fort Myers.
So much more than any ordinary 5K, the Publix Run To The Arts brings together the best that life has to offer: health and fitness, arts and culture, friends and family, and the scenic beauty of the Fort Myers waterfront. Post-race festivities include a scrumptious breakfast, a chance to make art at the Silk Experience, race awards, live entertainment, fabulous door prizes, and much more. Take part in a Fort Myers tradition, register for the Publix Run To The Arts today!
RACE FESTIVITIES AND GOODIES
The Publix Run to the Arts isn’t just a race, it’s a full morning of fun that kicks off Sunday at ArtFest Fort Myers with exceptional art, entertainment, and children’s art activities. Your registration fee guarantees you a spot in the race as well as all of these runners-only goodies.
You'll get your very own Run To The Arts t-shirt with beautiful art by an ArtFest Fort Myers artist.
Register by December 30, 2018 to make sure you get your size!
Your choice of styles -- standard straight-cut with crew neck OR ladies fitted cut, shaped with cap sleeves and v-neck. Both styles are made of the same great high-performance quick-dry fabric.
Enjoy the beautiful new 2019 T-shirt by artist Teri Causey!
Get Ready With KariKardio's 5K Kamp (FREE!)
Free drop-in class, open to all skill levels. You'll get expert instruction on endurance, strength and speed training PLUS hydration, pacing and equipment tips.
You can even go from couch to crossing the finish line!
Every Saturday from 10:30 am to 11:00 am, December 15 to January 26, at KariKardio, 12901 McGregor Blvd #10, Fort Myers, Fl 33919.
VIDEO FINISH LINE
All participants can view themselves crossing the finish line - on-line with bib number access. Available in the afternoon after Publix Run To The Arts.
GROUP ART EXPERIENCE
After you've worked out your body, you'll have time to exercise your creativity. Talented artists will be on hand to involve you in a group art creation – optional of course.
Your race bib is your ticket to the post-race breakfast, featuring tasty Publix treats — muffins & bagels with all the trimmings, bananas, yogurt, coffee, and a few surprises.
ART & ENTERTAINMENT
Enjoy live music and be the first to sneak a peek at the artist booths on Sunday morning, even before the festival opens to the public.
DOOR PRIZES GALORE
With your registration for the Run, you’ll be entered to win one of 50 great door prizes including weekends for two at 'Tween Waters Inn, South Seas Resort and Key West ... theater and symphony tickets ... art classes ... gift certificates to Fort Myers River District restaurants ... and many more. (Must be present to win.)
ALL awards will be based on CHIP TIME. There will be a starting time mat and a finish line time mat. Medals will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group. (See the FAQ below for age groups.) Plus awards for male and female overall, masters, grand masters, and senior masters.
Print your exclusive Certificate on-line after Publix Run to the Arts.
The course will begin and end on Bay Street at the corner of Monroe Street - front of Harborside Event Center. The route will be Bay St. to Lee St. over the Calossahatchee Bridge and back the same route – that’s right over the bridge both directions.
With professional CHIP TIMING services by Endurance Sports Timing, you can have your results posted as soon as you finish the race.
Free runners-only parking will be available at West First Street and Carson Street - 200 spaces. Look for the colorful signs. There is ample other parking along West First Street and all over downtown. Street parking is all FREE on the weekend.
SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES
$30 until 12/30/18, you’re guaranteed to get your T-shirt size
$30 from 12/31/18 to 1/20/19, includes T-shirt (while supplies last)
$35 from 1/21/19 to 1/30/19, includes T-shirt (while supplies last)
January 30 — Online registration closes at mid-night. There is no day-of registration ... everyone who wants to participate must register in advance on-line.
Registration will close at 950 runner/walkers - there were 900 in 2018.
EARLY PACKET PICKUP
After you've registered online, you can get your packet early complete with race bib and t-shirt and be all set for race day.
Special Pick-up for early registrations by December 30: You will be notified of location and date/time by personal email message.
Regular Pick-up dates and location:
- Thursday, January 31, 2019 5-7 p.m.
- Friday, February 1, 2019 3-6 p.m.
- Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Packet Pick-up Partner
AT BELL TOWER
NO ID required — friends can pick up each others’ packets … we’ll just ask folks to sign for what they pick up, so we can keep track of who’s got what. (Packets can also be picked up on race day, but be sure to get there early!)
RACE DAY: FEBRUARY 3
7:00-8:00 a.m. — Race day packet pick-up: Edwards Drive in front of Harborside Event Center. (No same-day registration. Everyone who wants to participate must sign up online by Jan. 30.)
7:30 a.m. — Warm up with Soni Yoga
8:15 a.m. — Race starts … woo hoo!
9:00-9:45 a.m. — Breakfast, awards, Group Art Experience, and door prizes — be there for all the fun!
Click the button to register conveniently online.
We love our volunteers! If you’re interesting in helping out ahead of time or on race day, please register to volunteer. All volunteers will get a cool Run to the Arts staff shirt, breakfast on race day, door prize entry, and preferred parking.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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SPONSORED BY PUBLIX
Run to the Arts is made possible by the generous support of Publix (long-time sponsor of ArtFest Fort Myers) — carrying on its tradition of being the kind of company a community can count on. Publix invites you to start your day with an invigorating run or walk and a healthy breakfast … then feed your mind and spirit at ArtFest Fort Myers. Kids love the Publix Art Yard, where they can make art treasures to take home, enjoy live performances, and buy artwork for just $5.
AN ARTFEST FORT MYERS EVENT
Southwest Florida’s Premier Art Festival
Saturday and Sunday, February 2 & 3, 2019, 10 am – 5 pm
Opening Night: Friday, February 1, 6 – 9 pm
You can use this form to send us your questions and we’ll get back to you right away.