Kids’ Summer Beach Runs to begin again on June 8

Events to be held on Tuesdays on Siesta Beach; on Wednesdays, at North Brohard Park in Venice

Youngsters pound the sand during a Fun Run in 2018. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

The popular Kids’ Summer Beach Runs will begin again on June 8, Sarasota County staff has announced.

The free 1-mile fun runs are presented by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR), Sarasota Crew and New Balance of Sarasota, a news release says.

Kids’ Summer Beach Runs are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in June and July. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., and races kick off at 6:30 p.m., the news release adds.

At Siesta Public Beach, the runs will be conducted on Tuesdays, from June 8 through July 27, the release notes. Participants are asked to meet near the playground.

An aerial view of North Brohard Park shows the fishing pier. Image courtesy Sarasota county

On Wednesdays, from June 9 through July 28, the runs will be held at North Brohard Park in Venice, which is located at 1400 S. Harbor Drive. Those participants are asked to gather near the Venice Fishing Pier.

“Registration is required on-site,” the release points out.

Each fun run participant will receive a ribbon for finishing a race, the release adds. After a youngster has completed four runs, he or she will earn a T-shirt and a discount coupon for New Balance shoes, the release points out.

Other sponsors of Kids’ Summer Beach Run are Manasota Track Club, Sharky’s on the Pier, Janoff and Khatri Pediatric Dentistry, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, and Siesta Key Kiwanis.

For more information, call the county Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit

During  inclement  weather, the release suggests that those planning to compete in a fun run please call the contact center for up-to-date event information.