Cariovascular and Vein Center of Florida
presents the
23rd Annual

Canes Classic 5K and 1K
5K & 1K

Labor Day 2015

Organized by and benefitting Manatee High School Cross Country

Part of the Suncoast Striders Walking and Running Club 2014 Grand Prix Racing Series

Part of the Bradenton Runners Club 2014 Racing Series

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Location & Directions


Awards & Amenities

Course Details



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Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015

7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.   Packet pick up and race day registration

8:00 a.m.   Start of 5K Race

9:15 a.m.   5K finish line closes; Start of 1K fun run/walk

9:40 a.m.   Start of door prizes

10:00 a.m.   Awards ceremony

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Location & Directions:

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G.T. Bray's 51st Street Park
Bradenton, FL 34209

Enter at the main entrance to G.T. Bray Park and use the parking lots off the main road near the restrooms, soccer fields, and tennis courts. The race starts in front of the G.T. Bray main entrance sign (just off of 51st St W). Packet pick up is a short walk north of parking/restrooms. Overflow parking is at the Colonial Baptist Church, but DO NOT jump the fence.


From I-75: Take exit 220 and go west on SR 64/Manatee Ave to 51st Street West. Take a left onto 51st St W and continue south, then take a right into the G.T. Bray Park main entrance (south of the Colonial Baptist Church and 51st St W Park entrance). Park in the G.T. Bray parking lots near the soccer fields, restrooms, and tennis courts. Packet pick up and registration are at the 51st St W Park entrance just north of the parking areas. If parking lots are full, please use the overflow parking at the church.

Other: From US 301 or US 41 - get to SR 64/Manatee Ave, head west to 51st St W, then follow the above.

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Registration opening soon

REFUND POLICY:   There are no refunds, transfers or credits, as this is a fundraiser with proceeds being distributed to non-profit organizations. In addition, all the costs to put on the event, which are substantial, have already been spent.

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Awards & Amenities:

5K AWARDS: Overall, Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+), Senior Grand Masters (60+), & Veteran Grand Masters (70+). Age group awards through 6th place in the following categories: 9 & under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

1K AWARDS: Overall female & male (must be registered for 1K). Ribbons to all 1K finishers.

EVENT SHIRTS: Unique designs every year make this a highly sought after race shirt. Canes Classic shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered participants. We do run out every year on race day, so please PRE-REGISTER!

POST RACE: Delicious refreshments every year include baked goods, fruit, water, Gatorade, juice, pizza, and special treats like LÄRABARS, Sharkies, Gu, and Gu Chomps! Great door prizes including running gear, sunglasses, restaurant gift certificates, sunglasses, free running shoes, and running store gift cards.

DONATIONS: Your donations help the Manatee High Cross Country team to continue putting on this great Labor Day tradition. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will directly benefit the Canes Classic participants by way of better quality race shirts, amenities, more giveaways and refreshments. Click here for details.

In the past MHS Cross Country has donated hundreds of dollars to Save the Manatee Club’s Emergency Rescue Fund for manatee rescue and recovery from the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf and the Monson Tornado Relief fund. The Canes Classic is our team's only fundraiser so in addition to funding our team transportation, meet entry fees, uniforms, etc., we choose a charity to support.

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Course Details:

The Canes Classic is a 5K race and new 1K fun run/walk held on Manatee High School’s home Cross Country course at the G.T. Bray 51st St W Park. Grass, dirt, asphalt, and trails make up a scenic run through and around the shady 51st Street West Park. A FLAT, FAST COURSE TO SET A NEW PR!!!

NEW 1K race all on the 51st Street Park trails. It is our mission to help fight childhood obesity through the very inexpensive and super healthy sport of running! We have kept our new 1K race distance affordable for all ages, have added youth size shirts, and hope this will increase our youth participation at the Canes Cross Country Classic. The 1K distance (1000 meters or 0.62 miles) is a very manageable distance for kids of all ages. Be part of this Labor Day tradition! no headphones - be safe out there

Insurance does not cover the following, therefore they are not allowed: headphones or radio headsets, strollers or baby joggers, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, & animals. NO STROLLERS OR BABY JOGGERS! This is a cross country race with uneven terrain and narrow trails. Safety first!

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A huge THANK YOU to our Canes Classic Sponsors!
Scroll down below sponsors to view results and photos.

Interested in marketing your business at one of the best 5K races in Manatee County? The Canes Classic is steeped in tradition as the oldest race in Manatee County featuring loyal participants, spectators, and volunteers who return each year to celebrate Labor Day and participate in the official "kick off" race of the fall racing season. It's tradition! The Canes Classic has been around longer than any other race in Manatee County. You will reach hundreds of fitness minded individuals and hundreds of high school runners and their families. Canes Classic shirts are the most frequently worn race shirts...seen all around the state of Florida and beyond! They are seen at other races, track meets, cross country meets, and more! Your sponsorship helps a great cause. Click here for sponsorship details.
Cariovascular and Vein Center of Florida
Christies Plumbing
Event Timing and Management
Law Office of Charles M Britt III
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New Balance
Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota
The Pate Family
Bowes Imaging Center
Coach O
Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management
Florida Laundry Solutions
Anthony's Cooling & Heating
Request Physical Therapy
DJ Rythm
Kennedy for School Board
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Doyle
Shortcut to Fitness

The Trophy Case

Shepherd's Tire Pros - 22 years of sponsoring the Canes Classic!
Bradenton Runners Club

Brooks Running

Be safe out there

Suncoast Striders Walking & Running Club

Fenton Realty

Domino's Pizza
4511 Manatee Ave W

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Results, Photos, & Records:

Canes Classic starting line


2014: overall | age group

2013      2012      2011      2010      2009      2008      2007

2006 / 2006 Team      2005 / 2005 Team      2004      2003      2002

2008:   2008 by
2007:   2007 by Event Pictures
2006:   2006 by Event Pictures

2008:   9/2/2008 by Mike Henry      9/2/2008 by John Lembo
2007:   9/4/2007 by John Lembo


Overall Female Christa Benton 17:30.11 2007
Overall Male Joshua Sanchez 15:49.3 2012
Masters Female Rachel Chambers 19:32.3 2012
Masters Male Mickey Hooke 16:53 2006
Grand Masters Female Carolyn Meadowcroft 22:08 1998
Grand Masters Male Richard Golden 18:44 2010
Sr. Grand Masters Female Josephine Nicolosi 26:45 2008
Sr. Grand Masters Male Richard Quevillon 19:31 2002
Vet. Gr. Masters Female Maria Georgiev 31:58 2009
Vet. Gr. Masters Male Richard Quevillon 24:28.0 2012

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