GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ready, set, run! The Florida Museum of Natural History will be back again for its seventh annual 5K race March 4.

The in-person race will begin at 8 a.m. and will follow the same route as last year through nature trails and quiet campus roads that highlight Gainesville’s breathtaking natural beauty. To accommodate museum supporters worldwide, the race will be held both virtually and in person.

A stuffed animal in the shape of a tarantula has a medal hanging on its neck.
All participants will receive a newly designed medal, themed for the museum’s new “Spiders Alive!” exhibit. ©Florida Museum/Jeff Gage

In honor of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new “Spiders Alive!” exhibit opening Jan. 28, this year’s theme is spiders. In-person and virtual racers will receive a newly designed shirt and medal. All in-person racers can use their medals to receive free entry to “Spiders Alive!” on race day.

“The medals and shirts will be the same great quality that our racers have come to expect,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Amy Hester.

Registration for in-person racers costs $25 before Feb. 3 and $30 after Feb. 3. Registration for virtual racers is $30.

For non-race participants or virtual racers, admission to the exhibit is $8 for adults; $7.50 for Florida residents, seniors and non-UF college students; $5.50 for ages 3 to 17; and free for museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card.

Packet pickup for in-person racers will be 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 3 and 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. March 4. Proof of race submissions from virtual participants are due by March 5, and race packets will be mailed out the week of March 6.

For more information or to register, visit


Writer: Aleidys Lopez Romero,
Source: Amy Hester,
Media Contact: Kaitlin Gardiner,