5K run planned in Jay, Fla., by well-known runner

Published 12:14 pm Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Runners throughout the region will recognize the name of Matt Dobson and the well-known runner is organizing a special event in Jay, Fla.

In its 22nd year the annual Celebrate Freedom 5K Road Race will once again commence in the small town of Jay, Florida on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

The 5K Run/Walk will begin and end in the Jay City Park. Race time for the 5K is 8:00AM and the One Mile Fun Run will begin at approximately 9:15AM.

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“It’s an ideal event for active families,” said race organizer Matt Dobson, “We will celebrate freedom and we will do it in a healthy and fun way. Everyone is welcomed at this family-friendly event.”

This year the Santa Rosa County Health Department will participate by having an information booth with educational material concerning healthy eating, healthy living, and how to become more physically active.

The event will kick-off with the singing of the National Anthem. Your entry fee will grant you a cool t-shirt, an attempt at a patriotic award, water, Gatorade, cookies, fruit, and watermelon. The entry fee is low at $20 for early registration and $25 on race day. Registrations cover the expense of the shirts and trophies. Part of the proceeds of the race go towards the Jay Volunteer Fire Department and Jay High School Cross-Country Team. The Town of Jay will end the day with an exciting firework display at dark (approximately 8:45-9:00PM).

Participants can register on-line at www.active.com and on Race Day, July 3rd beginning at 6:30am at the Jay City Park, 5259 Booker Lane, Jay, Florida. Shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 registered runners and walkers. All registered participants are eligible for awards in 34 different age groups. Come kick off your 4th of July Weekend at the Celebrate Freedom 5K & One Mile Fun Run/Walk in scenic Jay, Florida. “It’s a Home Town race with Home Town Hospitality”. For more information visit the website: https://dobsonduo.weebly.com/22nd-annual-celebrate-freedom-5k-runwalk.html  or call the race director at 850-217-2603.