8th Annual Run for the Reef 5k, 10k, and Fun Run

Run for the Reef 5k 10k

You spent your summer bumming around the beach, and now it’s time to put your body back in motion. Test your limits at the 8th Annual Run for the Reef 5k, 10k, and Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run. Racers will take off from the Navarre Beach Pier on Oct. 14, and the proceeds will benefit the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary.

About the Race

Registration and packet pickup will be Friday, Oct. 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach.

Run for the Reef T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 300 participants, so register online to reserve yours.

An awards ceremony and post-race party will be on Juana Pagoda’s deck afterward. Enjoy live music and refreshments while you recover from the run.


If you weren’t able to pick up your packet on Friday, you can do so before that race on Saturday 6 a.m.–7 a.m.

Both the 5k and 10k races begin at 7:30 a.m. The one-mile kids’ Fun Run will be immediately after the race at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Navarre Beach Marine Park.

How to Prepare

Sounds like a great event, doesn’t it? There’s just one problem. It’s hard to jump into a 5k after spending a few months lounging around and sipping piña coladas. Here are some tips that will get you race ready quickly.

It Starts with the Shoes

It turns out it’s not your fault you can’t run a 5k. You just have the wrong shoes. Change up your shoes and you’ll fly all the way to the finish line.

Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but the right shoes do help. You need to get shoes made specifically for running. Here’s a tip. Don’t try them on until the end of the day. Your feet will be a little swollen at the end of the day, and that will give you a more accurate fit.

Alternate Between Running and Walking

If you’ve been watching hours and hours of Netflix for the last few months, you might not be race ready quite yet. Don’t do too much too soon or you’ll get hurt. Begin your training by mixing up walking and running. Walk for a bit, and then add in some running. Go back to walking and alternate between the two. That will help you build up your stamina. Add to the amount that you run each day until you are able to run a 5k all at one time.

Don’t Forget Strength Training

Add some strength training exercises a few days a week to condition your body. You will build muscles and have more power to run. This will also help you burn some additional calories, so you can expect to have a nice, sleek body by the time race day hits. That will give you an extra boost of confidence when you head to the starting line.

Follow these tips so you can make an impression at the Run for the Reef race. You can also make an impression when you’re on the road by getting a new or pre-owned vehicle from McKenzie Motors in Milton, Florida. We have Buicks and GMCs that are ready to go home today. Stop by, ask questions, and let us help you get in the right vehicle today.