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15th De Soto Grand Parade 5K

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  • Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2018
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Downtown Bradenton
  • Location: 427 12th St W. , Bradenton, FL US 34205
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The BRC is still making improvements on the race and we guarantee this course this year will be even better! On Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. runners will race a simple out-and-back course along the route of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society’s Heritage Festival Grand Parade on Manatee Avenue W.

Overall winners and 1st-3rd place age group winners receive an award.

Runners will start and end the race in downtown Bradenton in front on O’Bricks Pub on Old Main with a similar out-and-back course along beautiful, tree-lined Manatee Avenue. Runners will no longer take a bus to the race start, as in past years.

The De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade is the most spectacular parade in the southeastern United States, attracting more than 175,000 spectators along Bradenton’s main drag. The race is held right before the Grand Parade kicks off.  100,000+ cheering spectators along beautiful, tree-lined, Manatee Avenue make this a unique 5K experience. 

Click here to register for the De Soto Grand Parade 5K!

The De Soto Grand Parade 5K benefits the Bradenton Runners Club’s student athletic program which awards scholarships to high school seniors and financial aid to students wishing to attend summer running camps.
Click here to register for the De Soto Grand Parade 5K!


  • Runners and walkers welcome
  • Chip timed
  • De Soto ConquistadorsWater stops
  • Pre-race warmup provide by Anytime Fitness Bradenton West
  • Port-o-lets and pre-race water available in race area prior to start
  • Age Group Awards (available for pickup as results post): Overall, Masters 40+, Grand Masters 50+, Senior Grand Masters 60+, Veteran Grand Masters 70+; 3 deep in age groups 9 & Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19 & five-year age groups starting at 20-24 to 80+.
  • Beads to all finishers
  • Shirts and sizes guaranteed to runners who preregister by April 18th. (Those after or on day of race will receive shirts and sizes as available.) Men’s tech crew-neck tee shirt. Women’s tech v-neck tee shirt.
  • Awesome post-race food and a DJ!
  • As always our race photos are FREE!  Courtesy of the Manatee School for the Arts Photography program!
  • Race After Party at Darwin Brewing Company! Runners receive a “Beer for a Bib” at Darwin on race day, April 28th!

Click here to register for the De Soto Grand Parade 5K!

Race Schedule:
  • 4:30 p.m. Race-day registration, pre-registration shirt and bib pickup
  • 5:30 p.m. Race warmup, provided by Anytime Fitness Bradenton West
  • 6:00 p.m. Gun Start
  • 7:00 p.m. Course Closes

*Note: Gun time depends on safety clearance from local law enforcement. The race may start as late as 6:15 p.m. but will begin no earlier than 6:00 p.m.


Note that Manatee Ave. road closures for the parade begin at 5:00 p.m., starting at the 1st St. intersection and working west. The avenue will be completely closed by 5:00 p.m. We suggest runners be prepared to arrive by 5:00 p.m.

Click here to register for the De Soto Grand Parade 5K!



Packet Pickup and Signing Up after Online Registration Ends:

Volunteer Note: BRC is currently seeking volunteers to help with the De Soto 5K.  Please visit our Volunteer link for a more detailed description of where we need help and when. Without you, there can be no race!  (Students in need of volunteer hours for scholarships are eligible and will receive a signed letter from BRC verifying hours.)

Click here to register for the De Soto Grand Parade 5K!

Sponsor Note: BRC is in need of De Soto Grand Parade 5K sponsors! Would you like to have your company or organization featured on the De Soto Grand Parade 5K race shirt? Gain great exposure by sponsoring a race shirt seen by tens of thousands of people! Contact for sponsorship information.

Thanks to our sponsors:

BLAKE LOGO FINAL_ALTBlake Medical Center: Platinum, Lead Sponsor

Fit2Run – University Town Center: Race Bib Sponsor



1-DBC-Logo april versionAs a bonus for race runners, Darwin Brewing Company will give you a “Beer for a Bib,” just bring your race bib to the brewery on Saturday, April 30, after the race. This offer is only applicable on race day.

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