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Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota Has Ongoing Virtual Marathon Events

The folks at Nathan Benderson Park have something very special going on for the next several months. They have put together – 1 mile, 5K, 10K and half-marathon virtual events that registrants can run or walk at their own pace, in their own place and at their own time. The first event is ongoing, and it’s not too late to sign up for the Toilet Paper Scramble, which runs from April 13-26.

Nathan Benderson Park Virtual Events

— Toilet Paper Scramble, April 13-26
— CoRUNa, April 27-May 10
— Hand Sanitizer, Anyone?, May 11-24
— Cabin Fever, May 25-June 7

Participants will win a finisher medal and bib for signing up for at least one race; for two races, a water bottle is an additional incentive. If you sign up for three races, race drink ware will be added. For participating in all four races, a race T-shirt will be awarded. You can get More information here.


Registration is ongoing at , and the races are $15 each (there’s a 19 percent discount for signing up for all four). Participants may report their times at

Park Status Now

— Open for casual use only (paved and shell trails, open space, water surface is open)
— Parking is in four lots — the upper finish tower lot, the grass area outside the Honore Avenue entrance, the Green Lot (adjacent to the SCAT station north of the playground) and the North Lot (accessible from the mall ring road, north of the north lakes). A map is available at
— Social distancing is required, and groups will be no larger than 10 people.
— Organized group activities of any size are prohibited.
— Lakes still open for fishing; electric motors only (gas motors must be tipped up, out of the water). Boaters must watch for any rowing activity and stay out of pattern. A small floating dock is placed at the north end of the north lakes, between the two land bridges, for small watercraft to launch.
— No boat washing — no salt-water boats allowed.

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Nathan Benderson Park virtual events might be just what you need to feed your competitive spirit during this time of quarantine.

Click here for an interesting story about The Fence that was in Nathan Benderson Park earlier this year.

Photo from Nathan Benderson Website.

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