Glad you joined us for Run to the Arts! Be sure to save the date for next year: Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Downtown Fort Myers Waterfront
Sunday February 4, 2018
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. Here's the 2017 shirt, designed by Florida artist Leoma Lovegrove. Stay tuned for 2018!
NEW FOR 2017: Your choice of styles -- standard straight-cut with crew neck OR women's cut, shaped with cap sleeves and v-neck. Both styles are made of the same great high-performance quick-dry fabric.
GROUP ART EXPERIENCE
After you’ve worked out your body, you’ll have time to exercise your creativity. Dynamic artists will show you how to make your own art — with your fellow runners!
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
You’ll be entered to win one of 50 great door prizes, including:
- Garmin GPS watch
- Running shoes
- Theater and symphony tickets
- Art classes
- Gift Certificates to Fort Myers River District restaurants
- ArtFest Fort Myers VIP Tickets for 2018
- ArtFest Fort Myers Posters
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, plus special awards for male and female overall, masters, grand masters, and senior masters.
More benefits: Our timing company, Endurance Sports Timing, will provide two great services for all runners:
- Video finish line. You’ll be able to see yourself crossing the finish line — in an on-line video you can access with your bib number, in the afternoon after the Publix Run to the Arts.
- Personal certificate of completion. Print your exclusive certificate on-line after the run.
With professional bib 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. Look for the colorful signs.
SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES
$30 until 1/6/17 — you’re guaranteed to get your T-shirt size!
$30 from 1/6/17 to 1/20/17 — includes T-shirt (while supplies last)
$35 from 1/21/17 to 1/31/17 — includes T-shirt (while supplies last)
Keep an eye out for 2018 sign-up later this year!
EARLY PACKET PICKUP
If you register 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 registrations by January 6 — you will be notified of location and date/time by personal email message.
Regular Pick-up at three convenient locations:
- Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at Tidewater Building 1375 Jackson St. in covered parking area facing Bay St. (downtown Fort Myers at corner of Bay St. & Jackson)
- Friday, February 3, 2017, 3-6 p.m. at Coastline Cyclery, 10676 Colonial Blvd #50 (at Treeline)
- Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1-4 p.m. at Coastline Cyclery, 10676 Colonial Blvd #50 (at Treeline)
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 5
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. 31.)
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!
See you next year!
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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Dogs and other pets are NOT ALLOWED on the course as they are a safety hazard to all runners. This rule will be enforced by race officials, without exceptions. Please leave your pets at home.
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 3 & 4, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm
Opening Night: Friday, February 2, 6 – 9 pm
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