24th Annual

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

Labor Day 2016
Monday, September 5

Organized by and benefitting Manatee High School Cross Country Teams

Part of the Bradenton Runners Club 2016 Racing Series

Click here to check out this year's shirt design!

Win a $100 gift certificate to Fleet Feet from M&L Cabinets!

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Location & Directions


Awards & Amenities

Course Details



Contact Us


Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016

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

8:00 a.m.   Start of chip timed 5K Race

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

9:40 a.m.   Start of door prizes, followed by awards ceremony

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Location & Directions:

get driving directions LOCATION
G.T. Bray's 51st Street Park
2900 51st St W
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.

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In an effort to do our part for the environment, the Canes Classic is moving towards becoming a GREEN event. What does this mean? We are encouraging online registration by offering lower entry fees online. We do still offer mail in registration for those who prefer it - check the link below to print the entry form. We will have recycling at the race for plastic water bottles and we will be collecting old running shoes, plus trophies, plaques, and medals that are in good condition to recycle and donate to local charities.

It's quick, easy, and secure! This is the only way to receive confirmation of your entry.
Discounts for registering early!

REFUND POLICY:   There are no refunds, transfers or credits, as this is a school 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.

Deadline: All mailed entries must be postmarked by August 29, 2016 and received by August 30, 2016.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTRY FORM            click here for a free pdf reader

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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.

Win a $100 gift certificate to Fleet Feet from M&L Cabinets:
Contest Rules:
-Get your picture taken at the M&L booth during the Canes Classic. We will upload it to our Facebook page.
-Visit facebook.com/MandLCabinets and vote for your favorite picture by “liking” it.
-Generate more votes for yourself by telling your friends and family to vote for you by visiting our page and liking your picture! Remember that only likes on the original picture will be counted.
-Don’t forget to like our page while you are there!
-Contest will end on Friday September 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and winners will be announced via our Facebook page.
-In the case of a tie those pictures will be re-posted in a tie breaker round lasting until Sunday September 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
-A $100 Fleet Feet gift card will be awarded for the most liked picture of an individual.
-A $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card will be awarded for the most liked group picture.

EVENT SHIRTS: Unique designs every year make this a highly sought after race shirt. Canes Classic shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 pre-registered participants. We do run out every year on race day, so please PRE-REGISTER! Shirt sizes guaranteed for those who register by August 22, 2016. After that we will do our best to get you close to the size you would like if you are in the first 200 to register.

POST RACE: Delicious refreshments every year with items like bagels, peanut butter, baked goods, fruit, water, etc. Great door prizes including running gear, sunglasses, restaurant gift cards, sunglasses, running shoes, and running store gift certificates.

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 and select the donate tab 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!

Insurance does not cover the following: headphones or radio headsets, strollers or baby joggers, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, & animals. SORRY NO STROLLERS OR BABY JOGGERS ALLOWED. This is for your safety as 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
Suncoast Striders Walking and Running Club
The Active Suncoast Foundation
The Family Touch
Oliver Kitchen and Bath
New Balance
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Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota

John and Janet Banks
Christie's Plumbing
Coach O
Shepherd Tire Pros - 24 years of sponsoring the Canes Classic!

Law Office of Charles M. Britt III, Attorney at Law

Green Venture Landscape Management

Barnes Walker, Goethe, Moonhout, Perron & Shea, PLLC

The Trophy Case
Bradenton Runners Club

Brooks Running

Be safe out there

Soccer Line Sporting Goods for all your t-shirt needs! Ask for Kevin 941.365.6572

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Results, Photos, & Records:

Canes Classic starting line


2016: overall | age group

2015: 5K overall | 5K age group | xc girls overall | xc boys overall | xc girls team | xc boys team

2014: overall | age group

2013      2012      2011      2010      2009      2008      2007

2006 / 2006 Team      2005 / 2005 Team      2004      2003      2002

PHOTOS: Tons of free photos on our facebook page!


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 Mary Quinn 25:04.9 2016
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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Future dates: September 7, 2017  •  September 3, 2018

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