NEW! Get moving with the
Publix Virtual Summer Run
While we're social distancing, get up and moving with the Publix Virtual Summer Run! No need to join a large crowd for a race. Simply run or walk around your neighborhood or wherever you enjoy being active.
You'll get a Virtual Swag Bag with promotions and special coupons from ArtFest Fort Myers' friends and supporters. They invite you back to their businesses, restaurants and stores after the Stay @ Home.
Date: May 15, 2020 - June 30, 2020
Location of your choice
Registration Fee: $10
Optional Custom Designed T-shirt
Racerback tank or long sleeve moisture wick fabric - to commemorate your Summer 2020 Virtual Run.
Pick-up at Grand Illusion beginning 1 week after your Registration Confirmation. Please call in advance if you are making a special trip to downtown Fort Myers.
No T-shirts will be mailed or delivered.
Grand Illusion - 2443 First St. Fort Myers, FL 239-461-7245
Share the fun!
Have a prior year Publix Run To The Arts t-shirt? It would be fun to wear it -- or this year's optional Virtual Run t-shirt -- and share your photos. Post your photos with #PublixVSR or email to RunToTheArts@ArtFestFortMyers.com
You can also input your race time results in your profile at RunSignUp.com.
NEW FOR 2021:
Run or Walk Together on the Downtown Fort Myers Waterfront OR Take a Virtual Run or Walk
In-person Run To The Arts: February 7, 2021.
Centennial Park Downtown Fort Myers; Edwards Dr. @ Monroe St.
Virtual Run To The Arts: January 30 - February 7, 2021.
Your choice of location anywhere in the world.
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, 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 morning 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 lots of runners-only goodies.
You'll get your very own Run To The Arts t-shirt with beautiful art by a ArtFest Fort Myers artist. Your choice of styles -- standard straight-cut with crew neck OR ladies fitted cut, shaped with cap sleeves and v-neck. If selecting the ladies fitted cut please be aware that it is very fitted. Both styles are made of the same great high-performance quick-dry fabric.
Register by December 30, 2020, to make sure you get your size!
This was the 2020 T-shirt by artists Dale & Jeff Ocasio. The 2021 T-shirt will be revealed soon.
Gather around the stage area at Run To The Arts check-in about 7:30am for a wakeup session.
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 14 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.
VIRTUAL SWAG BAG
All Publix Run To The Arts participants, in-person or virtual, will receive a Virtual Swag Bag with promotions and special coupons from ArtFest Fort Myers' friends and supporters. They invite you to their businesses, restaurants and stores. All Virtual Swag Bags will be emailed to you February 10, 2021.
ALL Awards (age group and overall) will be given based on CHIP TIME. There is a starting time mat and a finish line time mat.
Medals will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group. 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 Caloosa Sound Event Center (previously known as Harborside Event Center). The route will be Bay St. to Lee St. over the Caloosahatchee Bridge and back the same route – that’s right over the bridge both directions.
With professional CHIP TIMING services by Florida Road Race Management, you can have your results posted as soon as you finish the race.
There is ample parking along West First Street and all over downtown. Street parking is all FREE on the weekend.
SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES
$35 until 12/30/20, you’re guaranteed to get your T-shirt size
$35 from 12/31/20 to 1/20/21, includes T-shirt (while supplies last)
$40 from 1/21/21 to 2/4/21, includes T-shirt (while supplies last)
February 4 — Online registration closes at midnight. There is no day-of registration - everyone who wants to participate must register in advance online. Registration will close at 1,000 in-person runner/walkers - there were 954 in 2020. Registration for Virtual Publix Run To The Arts is unlimited.
EARLY PACKET PICKUP
IMPORTANT: Everyone who registers for Run To The Arts, whether in-person or virtual, gets a T-shirt and bib ... so be sure to pick up yours! (No T's and bibs will be mailed.)
Get your packet early complete with race bib and t-shirt and be all set for race day. 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!)
Special Pick-up for early registrations (both in-person and virtual) by December 30 — you will be notified of location and date/time by personal email message.
Regular Pick-up at Fleet Feet - located in Bell Tower Shops @ corner of Daniels & US 41:
- Thursday, February 4, 2021 5-7 p.m.
- Friday, February 5, 2021 3-6 p.m.
- Saturday, February 6, 2021 1-4 p.m.
Packet Pick-up Partner
RACE DAY SCHEDULE: FEBRUARY 7
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Race day registration and packet pick-up: Edwards Drive in front of Caloosa Sound Event Center (previously known as Harborside Event Center).
8:15 a.m. Race starts ... woo hoo!
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Breakfast, awards, Group Art Experience, and more. Be there for all the fun!
Click the button to register conveniently online for the 2021 Run to the Arts.
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, 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 6 & 7, 2021, 10 am – 5 pm
Opening Night: Friday, February 5, 6 – 9 pm
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