There are a lot of 5ks in Orlando all year round, which is the nice thing about living in fabulous, sunny Florida. One of my favorites, and I have been to a lot, is the Lake Nona Pig Run. I attended this race for what I believe was the fifth time this year, and it never disappoints. This was the 6th annual. All proceeds go to the Nemours Children's Hospital "Child Life" Program and Camp Boggy Creek.
The Child Life Program at Nemours helps patients and families cope with medical treatment, diagnosis, and hospitalization through play, preparation, education, and self-expression. Camp Boggy Creek has made it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically sound environment. Located just a short drive from Orlando, Florida, the 232-acre camp serves children who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. Camp Boggy Creek never charges campers to attend, so this race’s donations really help.
If the exercise and charity is not enough, there is fun. A lot of it. This is not just the fit person’s race. Do you enjoy donuts? Or eating competitions? Then this is the race for you. At the halfway point of your 5k you enter the “pig pen”. When you sign up for the race you commit to how many donuts you can eat, 3, 6 or a full dozen. In the pig pen you must eat your donuts, free from Dunkin Donuts, take a picture with a pig or donut if you want, then continue running the other half of this race. This can be fun after shoving down a dozen donuts. This race sells out every year, so I recommend registering early for next year.