Carillon Classic 5k Run & Walk
7:30 am - 10:30 am
The Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk at Bok Tower Gardens features what many consider Central Florida’s most challenging 5K course, since it requires runners and walkers to cope with elevation changes as well as a variety of terrains, including paved roads and gravel and mulch trails. As they compete high atop Iron Mountain, one of the highest points on the Florida peninsula, runners are also exposed to soothing music from the famed Bok Tower carillon as well as beautiful gardens, citrus groves and mountain vistas.
New Route in 2017
One of the most significant course changes will be evident in the early stages of the race when runners will continue running in a southerly direction along a straight and level paved road (Bok Tower Gardens’ main entrance road) instead of making an abrupt right turn onto the gravel-covered Preserve Trail near the quarter mile mark as was the case in the first five races.
Runners will pass the one mile marker as they make their way along a winding gravel trail inside a wooded area shortly after exiting the paved main road. They will continue on this trail for about a quarter mile before returning to the main road.
In the final mile of the race, runners will get a close-up look at all the attraction’s new children’s garden, outdoor kitchen, boardwalk, bogs, and sprawling lawn as they traverse new trails that did not exist during previous races. These new trails, featuring elevation changes and primarily clay and mulch surfaces, will bring runners in close proximity to the historic Pinewood Estate. Next, runners will get an awesome view of the tower housing the Carillon and then pass the Visitor Center.
In addition to seeing the tower close up, runners will hear soothing carillon music as they navigate the challenging course, which will also give them a vantage point for observing rare plant species, cactus, live oak canopies and orange groves.
Race day registration at Bok Tower Gardens begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Race Day entry fee of $30 includes free admission to Bok Tower Gardens on race day for runners and their families.
The event is open to adults and students in grades 1-12 and encourages groups to sign up for the team competition.