St. Pete Grand Prix 5K offers participants some serious track time

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As Day 2 of the World’s Fastest Spring Break Party’ continues, action on the track switches gears tonight as athletes compete on two feet and two wheels in the Honda Grand Prix 5K. The event benefits the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities. 

Motorists should expect limited delays and parking restrictions, but most congestion should be minimal since tonight’s event takes place primarily on the race course.

Event participants depart Vinoy Park via Fifth Ave. NE to Bayshore Dr around 6:15 p.m. The field follows southbound Bayshore Dr. to the track, where it takes a counterclockwise lap, exiting to follow Bayshore Dr. northbound to Fifth Ave. NE and the finish line. The event is expected to conclude by 7:30 p.m.

There will be limited parking on Bayshore Dr. NE and Fifth Ave. NE. Residential parking permit holders are reminded to heed No Parking signs and relocate their vehicles to avoid a citation or possible towing.

Access to the Vinoy Hotel, as well as The Pier via Second Ave. NE, will be maintained during the event. However, traffic flow will be restricted to Demen’s Landing until the field leaves the racecourse and is north of Second 
Ave. NE. Registrations for tonight’s event will be accepted until 6 p.m. in Vinoy Park. 

For more information, visit www.grandprix5K.com.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.