Carillon Classic continues Bok’s anniversary celebration

A path at Bok Tower

A path at Bok Tower

The celebration of the 90th anniversary of Bok Tower continues during the Carillon Classic at Bok Tower Gardens on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk features what many consider Florida’s most challenging 5K course, thanks to the various elevation changes and variety of running surfaces, including paved roads as well as grass, gravel and mulch trails. Due to the rough terrain, strollers of any kind are not allowed.

The course will also take runners high atop “Iron Mountain,” one of the highest points on the Florida peninsula, where they will hear soothing music from the famed Singing Tower carillon and get a close-up look at rare species of plants, beautiful gardens and citrus groves, as well as several new garden areas and attractions.

Race Day

Race day registration at Bok Tower Gardens begins at 6 a.m. and the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Race Day entry fee of $30 includes free admission to Bok Tower Gardens on race day for runners. Spectators may come in to watch their runners for free, but must be in the gardens no later than 7:30 a.m.

The Carillon Classic was established in 2012 as a charity fundraiser by the Dick Pope/Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA).