BASCA's 8th Annual  "CAPE"abilities  Virtual 5K/1Mile fun run


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BASCA “CAPE” Abilities Virtual 5k  Run, Walk & Roll

The BASCA “CAPE”ability run has gone virtual! Because of current social distancing guidelines, we are making some changes to our race plans for this year. Though we may not be able to come together in person for the event, you still have an opportunity to have fun, get some fresh air and exercise all while supporting a great cause!   So put on a cape (optional) and join us for this fun, family friendly event that celebrates all “CAPE”abilities!

For the first time ever, anyone, anywhere can participate!  That’s right, you can participate as an individual or even form a Team with your friends from Chicago or your Aunt in Georgia!  Then run or walk, fast or slow, one mile or 3.1 – it’s up to you – it all benefits individuals with special needs.

Here is how it works: Participants run/walk their 5K or 1 mile fun run any time from Sept 1-26.  You simply track your run using one of several popular tracking apps or a fit bit, and submit a screenshot of your run to 1st Place Sports. As part of your paid registration, you will receive some awesome perks: a digital race bib, t-shirt and finisher medal!

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Suggested Courses

Your virtual run can take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Clay County, FL. Known for its many waterways, forests, and natural attractions, Clay County boasts a variety of scenic trails and running routes. We suggest the following:

River Road

map of Ronnie VanZant park showing running route

Ronnie VanZant Park

River Road offers a great loop, starting at Urban Bean heading East along the water on Kingsley Avenue to River Road. Continue to Wells Road, turn left, and take the sidewalk down Park Avenue south  to Urban Bean. This loop is roughly 5.27 Km long, so it’s a bit over 5K, but a very scenic option.

Ronnie Van Zant Park

This is a great park, especially if for have kids. It is a fun loop around the park’s nature trails, where you will start at the main parking lot entrance. The fun thing with this park is that recently it unveiled the new American Ninja Warrior Kids course. This loop is 2.61 Km, so run this loop twice to reach 5K.

Black Creek Park and Trail

This is a fairly easy one, as the Black Creek Park and Trail span the entire north to the south line of Fleming Island. Start in the parking lot of the Black Creek Park and Trail, turn right (north) and continue running on the trail to the entrance of Grace Anglican Church’s parking lot. This route clocks in at 5.03 Km. Or, start from the north side of Fleming Island at the beginning of the trail at the intersection of Park Ave. And Holly Point Road West. Then turn right (south) and continue to Denmark Drive. There is no designated parking spot for this route, however.

BASCA Awareness Week

BASCA Awareness Week is Sept 20 -27!  Anyone who sends in a picture/video wearing a cape while completing the run/walk will be entered into a drawing for a VISA gift card! Pics will be shared during BASCA Awareness Week, see below for more details.

Submit Your "CAPE" Abilities Photo

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Unique Sponsorship Opportunities are still available for this virtual event. Please email or call Pam Mylrea at (904) 541-1742 for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual 5K?

A virtual 5K is a race that can be run at any location.

How does a virtual race work?

Participants can run/walk their 5K/1 mile any time from September 1st – 26th, anywhere they choose! You simply track your run using one of several popular tracking apps or a fit bit, and submit a screenshot of your run to First Place Sports. As part of your paid registration, you will receive some awesome perks: a digital race bib, t-shirt and finisher medal!  this is what the race t-shirt will look like

Why should I do a virtual race?

The short answer would be because they are cool! If you need more convincing, the top 3 reasons would include:

  • The chance to add a really cool t-shirt and medal to your collection.
  • Complete control over your schedule. Complete the race on your own time, at your own venue. No travel expenses, no hassle with parking and no long lines waiting at the potty.
  • An opportunity to support a great cause. Proceeds from the run will benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental differences.

Who can participate?

Everybody and anybody! There is no age limit and there are no restrictions. So run, jog, walk, roll, run alone, run in a group, run with your pet, bike, hike-it doesn’t matter. Just get out there and get moving!

Can I complete the race with a group?

Yes, when you register, there is an option to create or join a team! In addition, you will receive a code that when shared gets you $5 off your registration.

Do I have to wear a cape?

No, capes are completely optional! If you do wear a cape and share a picture or video with us, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Visa Gift Card! See the BASCA website for details.  3 run participants wearing capes

When will I receive my goodies?

You can print your virtual bib anytime you would like. Pick up of the t-shirt and finisher medal will be at First Place Sports from September 26 until October 10. After that, they will be at the BASCA Bargain Boutique. You will also have the choice to ship your t-shirt and medal for an additional cost. For those who paid the shipping fee, your goodies will be mailed out after October 10th.

I don’t live in the United States, can I still participate?


What if I am not a walker or runner?

That’s ok! You can still participate by supporting BASCA and individuals with special needs. Just click on our donation page.

Additional questions can be answered by calling Pam Mylrea at BASCA (904)541-1742 or emailing


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