For the 12th year in a row, Coconut Creek residents and visitors have an opportunity to get off the coach and go enjoy a Sunday morning run during the city’s Butterfly Run 5K.
Part of the city’s annual Butterfly Festival, the 5K will be a week earlier this year, running on the last weekend of January rather than the first weekend of February. According to city staff, this is so the race doesn’t interfere with the popular Miami Marathon & Half Marathon (formerly the ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon), which takes place on February 2 when the Butterfly Run would have been.
“We used to have the [Butterfly run] the weekend after the [Miami Marathon] weekend, but since that race changed its date, we decided to move our race to the weekend before,” said Coconut Creek Parks and Recreation Supervisor Janet Hull, who is also the new race director. “Now it’s a nice warm up.”
The USA Track & Field-sanctioned race will start at Sabal Pines Park, run down Winston Park Road onto Lyons Road, turn onto Wiles Road, and finish up back at the park. The city is expecting about 800 people to run the race. According to Parks and Recreation Superintendent Danielle DeBarros, more people sign up every year.
“This race was first started by our fitness staff 12 years ago,” DeBarros said. “It was supposed to be a fitness program, and those who participated did two laps around Sol Press Boulevard. The people liked it so much, we decided to get it sanctioned and did the full-fledged run at Sabal Pines Park. Our residents loved it, so we’ve kept doing it, and it’s grown every year.”
Hull recommended that race participants pick up their packets before race day in order to guarantee correct shirt sizes; she is also excited for this year’s version of the event.
“I really like the energy that this brings to the community,” Hull said. “I’ve directed other races, and there is always that special energy that comes with doing an event in the running community.”
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Wildlife Federation. To sign up for the race, or for more information, visit coconutcreek.net/parks/2014-butterfly-run.
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