SPECIAL NOTICE: All need to be in the parking lot by 7:00 a.m. due to closing road and placing of the timing devices. 10K, 5K and 5k Ruck will start at 7:30 a.m. The course will close at 9:00 a.m. to open local traffic for the neighborhood. Awards will begin for 5K at 8:15 a.m., 10K at 8:35 a.m., (immediately following 5K). Please allow 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 is the Strawberry Distance Challenge?

The Strawberry Distance Challenge is 5 kilometers long (3.1 miles), 10 kilometers (6.2), or 1 mile fun run.

Strawberry Distance Challenge is designed for fitness awareness and fundraising for charities.

What is the 5k Ruck?

American soldiers have been doing a simple fitness activity since the American Revolution, and it’s turned our military into the fittest, most feared fighting force in the history of the world.

That activity: rucking, or walking with a weighted pack on your back.

The activity gets its name from “ruck sacks,” which is military talk for “backpack.” “Rucking” is marching or walking while wearing your ruck sack (which is always loaded down with gear). For the SDC, if you weigh 150 pounds or less, 15 pounds of weight;  151 pounds or more, 25 pounds of weight. This could be a weighted backpack or small child. You will start right behind the 10K runners and take the running 5K route. Participates get medals and shirts but NO awards for this division.

Is the run timed?

Yes. The run will be chipped timed. Usually disposable bibs are used, but if a separate chip not attached to the bib is given, each person will be responsible to return the chip after the course is completed. Chips not returned will be charged $30.  

Are there awards?

YES! Age divisions are determined based on your age on race day. All times are based on the official net time. Awards are not shipped, so make sure you are present at the award ceremony after the run.

Medals Awarded

Overall Male/Female
Overall Masters Male/Female (40 years old and up)

Top 2 Finishers for 5K/10K in each age group:

11 & under male/female                40-44 male/female
12-14 male/female                         45-49 male/female
15-19 male/female                         50-54 male/female
20-24 male/female                       55-59 male/female
25-29 male/female                       60-64 male/female
30-34 male/female                        65-69 male/female
35-39 male/female                        70+ male/female

All 1st Place winners receive an entry ticket into the
Florida Strawberry Festival


Can I get a refund on registration?

All registrations are final.

Is there a time limit to finish the course?

Yes.  Streets must be cleared by 9:00 a.m.

Can we check bags?

No. It is important to lock items in the trunk of your car. Parking and start/finish line is very close.

Can I register the day of the event?

Yes. But prices are higher if you wait.

Is there an age limit?


Can someone else pick up my race packet?

Yes. As long as the person you are picking up for has a signed waiver on file and you have a photo copy of his/her ID (printed or phone picture). 

Looking for a mail in registration?

SDC Mail in Reg copy (pdf)


How many awards will be given out?

The top two of each category receive medals. On our awards page you can see all the medals and awards that will be given out.

Will there be photographers at the event?

Yes. And all pics will be posted on the SDC Facebook page as well as our flickr page

Do spectators pay admission?


Is there a parking fee?


What about the weather?

Unless it is lightning, we will be good to go. Obviously, there are possible cancellations such as mandatory evacuations or acts of nature which we have no control over.

Are pets and strollers allowed?

Pet on leases are allowed as long as you clean up behind them.  We welcome strollers but please stay behind lead runners.