Marion County Run for the Springs 5k 2025

Ocklawaha, FL

A family-friendly 5K event

Grab your coworkers and your running shoes and join us for this family-friendly 5K event. Enjoy a children's area, refreshments, and door prizes. Medals will be awarded to the fastest runners in each age bracket, and our Traveling Cup will be awarded to the fastest-running team.

  • When: Saturday, February 22, 2025
  • Where: Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area
    • 13275 SE 115th Ave, Ocklawaha, FL 32179
  • Event Day Registration and Packet Pick-up Start Time: 7:00 AM. The 5K will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Early Packet Pick-up: February 17th-21st 8a-5p at Marion County Office of the County Engineer (412 SE 25th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Shirt deadline is midnight January 17, 2025. DO NOT miss out on your Run for the Springs shirt!

This is the second year that the race will take place at the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area in Ocklawaha, FL. This year's event is a bit different than previous years as it is a trail run! The trail is an unpaved, well-groomed service road for park attendants. It meanders through classic Florida woods and meadows alongside swamp areas. There are views of Lake Weir along the southern portion and majestic live oaks grace the meadow areas. (Note to participants: this year’s race is considered a trail run. Please know that the trail is unpaved with some uneven surfaces.)

Marion County is home to Silver Springs, one of the world’s largest and most famous artesian springs, along with Rainbow Springs and Silver Glen. Our natural springs, lakes, and rivers make Marion County a beautifully unique place to live, work, and play. Since we use this same water for drinking and other daily activities, we all play a role in keeping our water clean. The Run for the Springs will celebrate our community while raising awareness about steps that individuals and businesses can take to protect our water resources. Proceeds will be returned to Marion County residents and local businesses in the form of grants that will benefit the health of the springs.

If you would like to become a sponsor, please reach out to April Stark at: (352) 671-8364 or

Presented by:


First Magnitude Sponsors:

Second Magnitude Sponsors:

Third Magnitude Sponsors:

When & Where

Feb 22, 2025


8:00 AM

Add to Calendar

Event Schedule

Ocklawaha, FL

Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area


Share Your Results

We'll automatically post your results for you on race day. Just connect your Twitter account.


Connect with Twitter

Trust Guard Security Scanned