The Strawberry Distance Challenge is 5k 10k run dedicated to making a difference in people's lives. The SDC benefits organizations and places in need including The Shade Tree, a nonprofit that offers ongoing support as well as a resource for families in ministry to step away from the sacrifice of a 24/7 position and be poured into, encouraged and
receive a time of respite.
Youth is also a special place in our hearts and SDC
benefits local youth organizations.
We encourage a lifestyle of fitness, and building relationships in the process is important. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned runner, we invite you to join us and bring the family and friends along for the fun.
Mike Nelson: Logistics: Mike is a daredevil at heart. Leaps tall buildings in a single jump. Rarely sleeps because it’s overrated. He loves a challenge and will work at it until he wins. He loves all sports! He is married to Peggy, and they have two sons and three sweet grandchildren.
Bruce Baerwalde: Race Director: Bruce is lifelong runner who has a passion for fitness and the community. Bruce is married to Sunni, and they have four children. Bruce is Senior Vice President of McKibbon Hotels.
Peggy Nelson: Registration: Peggy is an organizing machine. She enjoys spending time with her grand babies, reading, going to the beach and loves cinnamon donuts!! She works hard to keep things moving smoothly.
3035 Griffin Blvd Plant City, FL 33566
All must be inside parking area by 7:00 AM.
The course will close at 9:00 a.m. to open local traffic for the neighborhood. Awards will begin at 9:00 a.m. Allow for an 8-10 minute walk to the start line. Jarrett Scott Ford and Plant City Police Department will lead the run. There will be a trail car and golf cart assistance as needed.
What you get…coolest shirt in town, fresh strawberries, bananas, water, medals for all finishers, 1st and 2nd placement medals and tickets to the Strawberry Festival for 1st Place division winners. Oh, yeah, and the coolest place to be on a Saturday morning in February.
Packet pick-up and check-in
No touch check-in
All shirts, medals bib, pins, in a prepackaged envelope.
Race starter, moderator and DJ will remind and enforce social distancing via sound system.
All runners are asked to keep a safe social distance between other runners.
• Runners are asked to pass at a safe distance.
Signs indicated by S on map
Please Respect Social Distancing
Keep at least 6-feet of space
between you and others.
• Runners must bring their own reusable water containers.
• Water coolers will be at the start/finish line and at two other location on course for refills.
• Safe distances at the refill area with sanitizer.
• Hand sanitize before/after touching.
At the two water stations, a staff member will monitor and supervising sanitizing.
Personal Protective Equipment
Management will wear masks. Runners must wear masks when not out on the course.
•Runners encouraged to stay 6-feet apart
•Wave start instead of mass start to reduce crowding
Sanitation and Cleaning
•Hand sanitizer will be available at the event at the S on the map.
•Hand wash stations when possible.
COVID Plan Posting
We have posted our COVID plan on registration platform, website as well as email reminders in pre-race communication.
At-Risk or Sick Persons
Individuals who are in the higher risk categories are encouraged to postpone their return to the SDC until a later date. If you feel sick or have a fever, please stay home and do not attend the run.