SAFETY HARBOR — Never underestimate the power of free Samoas.
Anticipating a nice draw of about 500 people to its inaugural 5K race last Saturday, the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida ended up far surpassing that original estimate.
The Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot attracted nearly 800 elite runners and casual walkers to downtown Safety Harbor, wrote GSWCF public relations and media manager Jennifer Medeiros in an email, with some dressed as their favorite Girl Scout Cookies.
The sprint was set up as a 5k race and the trot consisted of a one-mile walk. Both began at the Safety Harbor Marina. A post-race celebration that included live music and activities wrapped the day up.
All proceeds from the event go to support the nearly 21,000 girls and 10,000 adult members served in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties.
Medeiros mentioned that a second-annual race has already been scheduled for Sept. 27 of next year.