Thousands of runners to take to the streets of Clearwater, Belleair this Saturday for charity

Significant road closures, traffic delays expected for Clearwater’s 2nd Annual 3 Bridge Race

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater’s 2nd Annual Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race, presented by Frenchy’s, is scheduled to take place Saturday and will result in multiple road closures and traffic delays throughout Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and Belleair.

The Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race is a half marathon, 5k and 1-mile family and pet-friendly fun-run, which benefits Clearwater For Youth. The prize purse for this year’s half marathon and 5k is $25,000.

Registration is still open and anyone wishing to participate can do so by visiting http://www.3bridgerace.com up until Nov. 8, or in-person on Saturday morning at Coachman Park in Clearwater before the races.

Road closures and traffic delays can be expected as follows:

  • Osceola Avenue from Court Street North to Drew Street is scheduled to be closed entirely to vehicle traffic from 6:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
  • Clearwater’s Memorial Causeway Bridge will be reduced to the outermost lanes for vehicle traffic. One westbound lane and one eastbound lane will remain open.
  • Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater is scheduled to be closed entirely to vehicle traffic from 6:55 a.m. until 11 a.m. between Osceola Avenue and Drew Street
  • The Southbound lane of Indian Rocks Road in Belleair is scheduled to be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
  • Minor traffic delays can be expected to impact drivers transiting:
    • Gulfview Boulevard along Clearwater Beach
    • Clearwater Bridge(Sand Key Bridge) and along Gulf Boulevard to West Bay Drive
    • Belleair Causeway
    • Belleview Boulevard
    • Druid Road South
    • Oak Avenue
    • Chestnut Street

About the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K and 1M

The Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is an annual event focused on promoting athletic excellence and offering a family-friendly activity for those living in the Tampa Bay-area. Proceeds from the race help further the Clearwater For Youth mission that no child will be denied the ability to play in a sports program because of financial concerns. The half marathon course crosses over three iconic bridges in the Clearwater area, including the Memorial Causeway, Sand Key Bridge and Belleair Bridge.

About Clearwater For Youth

Founded in 1966, Clearwater For Youth’s mission is to help ensure “no child is turned away” from pursuing athletic initiatives due to financial concerns and to elevate youth sports in the local communities. CFY offers support to young athletes through scholarships and grants to constructive athletic programs where children from all backgrounds can play and learn together. Through a unique partnership with the City of Clearwater, CFY supports all city co-sponsored youth sports programs. CFY also supplements youth athletic organizations across northern Pinellas County. In total, over 8,000 children are served annually. CFY also provides a college scholarship program, and in 2018, awarded 14 deserving high school seniors $90,000 in college scholarships. Since 2006, CFY has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships. To learn more about CFY, visit http://www.clearwaterforyouth.org/.

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Elite runners from around US to converge on Clearwater for 3 Bridge Race

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Top runners from around the country are scheduled to travel to Clearwater, Florida to compete at the 2nd Annual Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K & 1M for a $25,000 prize purse on Nov. 10.

Elite athletes from as far as New York and California will travel to compete in this year’s event, which is open to all ages and capabilities.

This year’s 3 Bridge Race features a half marathon, 5K and 1-mile fun walk, however, the half marathon and 5K will be the only events with prize money awarded to the winners.

While more than 20 elite runners are already registered, two of the elite runners include Enoch Nadler and Lindsey Scherf. Nadler of Gainesville, Florida is a former runner for the University of Florida, competed in his first marathon Dec. 3 of 2017 at the California International Marathon in Sacramento, California, and finished with a time of 2:18:17 that qualified him for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Scherf is planning to travel from New Paltz, New York to compete for a share of the $25,000 prize purse. Scherf recently broke the indoor marathon world record at the Armory NYC Indoor Marathon World Record Challenge in March of this year with a time of 20:40:55, according to Armory Track.

“We are thrilled that our race has attracted the attention of such skilled and notable runners from across the country,” said Susan Daniels, race director. “While elite runners will be flocking to this year’s event, amateur runners can also compete for a piece of the prize purse or enjoy a nice day of exercise with the family for a great cause.”

Additionally, representatives of the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race, which benefits Clearwater For Youth, announced last week the rollout of a registration discount code for military members, veterans and first responders registering for this year’s race, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 10.

All active duty and reserve members of the military, veterans and first responders can receive $10 off their race registration by using the discount code: 18WESALUTEYOU when registering.

Registration is currently open for up to 4,000 runners who can participate in the event with elite runners and will be able to compete for their portion of the $25,000 prize purse Nov. 10. The half marathon, 5K and 1-mile fun walk starting at 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., respectively.

The half marathon will begin in Clearwater at Coachman Park, where participants will run over Clearwater Memorial Causeway, Sand Key Bridge and Belleair Causeway Bridge before returning to Coachman Park.

All three courses are USATF certified and runners who complete the half marathon will be able to use their time to qualify for other USATF races.

If sold out, race organizers expect the event to raise more than $250,000 for Clearwater For Youth, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which supports local youth athletic programs by providing grants and provides scholarships for athletes who are from the area. CFY is dedicated to building character through sports and helping provide young athletes a foundation to succeed in life.

The Inaugural Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race in 2017 raised more than $150,000 for Clearwater For Youth.

To register for the event or for more information on the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Clearwater/PhilDoganiero3BridgeHalfMarathon5K1MileFunRunWalk.

About the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K and 1M

The Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is an annual event focused on promoting athletic excellence and offering a family-friendly activity for those living in the Tampa Bay-area. Proceeds from the race help further the Clearwater For Youth mission that no child will be denied the ability to play in a sports program because of financial concerns. The half marathon course crosses over three iconic bridges in the Clearwater area, including the Memorial Causeway, Sand Key Bridge and Belleair Bridge.

About Clearwater For Youth

Founded in 1966, Clearwater For Youth’s mission is to help ensure “no child is turned away” from pursuing athletic initiatives due to financial concerns and to elevate youth sports in the local communities. CFY offers support to young athletes through scholarships and grants to constructive athletic programs where children from all backgrounds can play and learn together. Through a unique partnership with the City of Clearwater, CFY supports all city co-sponsored youth sports programs. CFY also supplements youth athletic organizations across northern Pinellas County. In total, over 8,000 children are served annually. CFY also provides a college scholarship program, and in 2018, awarded 14 deserving high school seniors $90,000 in college scholarships. Since 2006, CFY has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships. To learn more about CFY, visit http://www.clearwaterforyouth.org/.

 

Police Chase: CPD says don’t run from police, but rather with police at Clearwater’s 3 Bridge Race

Also: New discount announced for military, veterans, first responders

CLEARWATER, Fla. – For Clearwater’s 2nd Annual Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5k and 1 mile fun run on Nov. 10, runners and walkers will have the option of completing the race course with a Clearwater Police officer, many of which are veterans, on Veteran’s Day Weekend.

“This is one of the few times we’re encouraging people run with, or if they’re fast enough, away from a police officer and potentially be rewarded for it,” said Dan Slaughter, chief of Clearwater Police Department.

According to Slaughter, Clearwater Police Department got the idea from a citizen who suggested that it would be a nice way to allow officers and community members to get to know one another. As a result of the suggestion, officers will be available to run with participants who want to run or walk with an officer in either the 5k or 1-mile fun run.

Additionally, on Thursday, organizers of the race announced that all active duty and reserve members of the military, veterans and first responders can receive $10 off their race registration by using the discount code: 18WESALUTEYOU when registering.

“We wanted this to be a way to say thank you, and we’re pleased to provide a discount to our races for military members, veterans and first responders,” said Susan Daniels, race director for the event. “With the race being held the day before Veteran’s Day, we really wanted to honor those who served and still serve.”

All proceeds from the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 10, will benefit Clearwater For Youth.

Anyone can choose to run or walk with a police officer as their “race partner” by registering for the 5k or one-mile course. After they’ve registered, those interested will need to visit the Clearwater Police Mobile Command Bus located in Coachman Park before the start of the first race. Officers will be available to walk or run either race segment with runners or families participating in the race on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Nov. 10 event will consist of three races including a half marathon, 5k and a 1-mile fun run, but only the half marathon and 5k will award race winners with a piece of this year’s $25,000 prize purse.

The half marathon will begin in Coachman Park in Clearwater, with participants running over Clearwater Memorial Causeway, Sand Key Bridge, Belleair Causeway Bridge and then returning to Coachman Park.

All three courses are USATF certified, and runners who complete the half marathon will be able to use their time to qualify for other USATF races.

The half marathon costs $65 to participate, and the 5k and one-mile fun run/ walk each cost $25.

Organizers expect a sold-out event to raise more than $250,000, which will go directly to Clearwater For Youth, a 501(c)(3) charity, which supports local youth athletic organizations by providing grants and scholarships to ensure no child will be denied the ability to play in a sports program because of financial concerns. Additionally, CFY awards college scholarships to senior student-athletes for their commitment to sports and service to the community.

The Inaugural Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race in 2017 raised more than $150,000 for Clearwater For Youth.

For more information about the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race or to register for the event, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Clearwater/PhilDoganiero3BridgeHalfMarathon5K1MileFunRunWalk.

About the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K and 1M

The Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is an annual event focused on promoting athletic excellence and offering a family-friendly activity for those living in the Tampa Bay-area. Proceeds from the race help further the Clearwater For Youth mission that no child will be denied the ability to play in a sports program because of financial concerns. The half marathon course crosses over three iconic bridges in the Clearwater area, including the Memorial Causeway, Sand Key Bridge and Belleair Bridge.

About Clearwater For Youth

Founded in 1966, Clearwater For Youth’s mission is to help ensure “no child is turned away” from pursuing athletic initiatives due to financial concerns and to elevate youth sports in the local communities. CFY offers support to young athletes through scholarships and grants to constructive athletic programs where children from all backgrounds can play and learn together. Through a unique partnership with the City of Clearwater, CFY supports all city co-sponsored youth sports programs. CFY also supplements youth athletic organizations across northern Pinellas County. In total, over 8,000 children are served annually. CFY also provides a college scholarship program, and in 2018, awarded 14 deserving high school seniors $90,000 in college scholarships. Since 2006, CFY has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships. To learn more about CFY, visit http://www.clearwaterforyouth.org/.