Friday, January 19, 2018
Events

New Safety Harbor event features food, Fido and fun

SAFETY HARBOR

Walk before you crawl, or crawl before you run.

Whatever your preferred means of ambulating, you'll want to mark your calendar for Saturday, when the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Humane Society of Pinellas will present a trifecta of outdoor activities, food and libations.

The inaugural "Tail Waggin' Walk, 5K Race for the Hounds, and Pub and Restaurant Crawl" is designed to appeal to all ages, fitness levels and lifestyles.

"The chamber wanted to create a family-friendly event that would bring people downtown and introduce them to some restaurants and bars that are fairly new," said event coordinator Susan Petersen. "And we have a large pet-loving community and wanted to do something to include them."

Activities begin with food and merchandise vendors and fun activities at the Safety Harbor Marina at 4 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m. Food options will include hot dogs, hamburgers, deli sandwiches and ice cream. Vendors will be marketing a variety of goods, including pet-related paraphernalia. No adoptable pets will be showcased during the event.

At 5 p.m., the 1-mile "Tail Waggin' Walk," a family- and pet-friendly event, launches from the marina. Starting at 8 p.m., a 5K "Race for the Hounds" will snake throughout the downtown area.

Sandwiched in between the two will be a 7 p.m. pub and restaurant crawl featuring food and drink specials at 10 establishments, including newcomers Nantucket Bucket, The Sandwich on Main and Bar Fly. Old favorites include 8th Avenue Pub, Copperheads Tap House, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Nolan's Pub, Whistle Stop Grill and Bar, Cold Stone Creamery and Safety Harbor Dominic's Pizzeria.

"We have some interesting new shops on Main Street that aren't part of the crawl," said Petersen, "but we hope people will stop in and see what they're all about."

Registration fees are $30 per family for the walk and $30 per person for the run. An $8 wristband entitles wearers to specials at participating restaurants and pubs. Proceeds benefit the chamber's foundation and the Humane Society.

Pre-register online, by phone or at the chamber. Registration begins at 4 p.m. at the marina on Saturday. The first 100 walkers to register will receive a goodie bag from the Humane Society; the first 100 runners to register will get T-shirts.

Petersen said the event will be held rain or shine.

"Hopefully, the evening pattern of thunderstorms will go away, but runners do run in the rain," she said.

 
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