Combining family, fitness and fun, the annual Brick Dash 5K Run and Fun Walk presented by Sun Newspapers will return to the LEGOLAND Florida Resort on Saturday, April 16, benefiting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation's Fund for Women and Children. A Polk County tradition for more than two decades, the early morning event formerly known as the Citrus Classic invites runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to enjoy LEGOLAND Florida beginning at 7 a.m.

This year, kids and kids at heart will run, jog or walk past icons like The Orlando Eye, the newest LEGO model in Miniland, and participants are sure to find encouragement from Emmet and Wyldstyle, stars of “The LEGO Movie 4D™ A New Adventure,” the resort’s dazzling new theatrical attraction.

“Supporting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation's Fund for Women and Children at the place built for kids is truly the perfect fit,” said David Johnson, new business development director for LEGOLAND parent company Merlin Entertainments and its creative division, Merlin Magic Making, as well as a Winter Haven Hospital Foundation trustee. “This year’s event is sure to be the most awesome yet.”

New this year, participants 5 and under can compete in the 100 yard dash, while the Kids Half Mile is specially designed for participants 12 and under. Custom-made LEGO trophies will be given to first-, second- and third-place runners in each age category, plus first-place finishers in the overall male and female divisions, and for the masters male and female divisions. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and specially designed LEGO medal.  

“We are thrilled and grateful to continue our partnership with LEGOLAND Florida Resort,” said Joel Thomas, president of the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation, “which allows us to keep this wonderful event fresh and fun for all while making a huge impact for the local women and children we serve.”

Registration is available at or by calling the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation at (863) 292-4138. The fee for participants 13 and older is $35; the fee for children 12 and under is $25. A family of up to five participants is $99. Special corporate rates are offered; call the Foundation for more information.  All Central Florida elementary schools will have the opportunity to participate in "Max's School Challenge" by including a school name when registering. The elementary school with the most participants will receive a special visit from a LEGOLAND Florida Resort character, a special LEGO trophy and more.

Discounted, one-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort is offered to every Brick Dash participant for $30 plus tax. Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park also is available for an additional $15 per person. The special Brick Dash ticket prices are available only on Saturday, April 16.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation at (863) 292-4138 or Special thanks to Publix, Bright House Networks, Max98.3, Jarrett Ford of Winter Haven, and Today and Tonight Magazine for sponsoring this year'’s event.

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