Running for the Races in West Volusia

Looking for your next race in the Sunshine State? Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just getting started, these yearly runs in West Volusia County, Florida offer scenic routes, community spirit, and opportunities to support great causes.



The ME STRONG 5K takes runners through historic downtown DeLand, Stetson University, and DeLand’s historic northwest housing district every February. Since its inaugural race on January 28, 2012, ME STRONG has dedicated itself to supporting the community by raising funds to provide financial support to local individuals navigating life with a cancer diagnosis, with 100% of sponsorship funds designated for this cause. Participants can also honor loved ones in the Tribute Zone, where yard signs featuring names or photos will be displayed along the race route. Join the race to support a great cause and enjoy a day of community spirit and celebration.

Central Florida Legends

Legends of Florida are on display during the Central Florida Legends in November. Consisting of the Skunk Ape Marathon, Mermaid Half Marathon, and Fountain of Youth 5K, each race is on flat, scenic courses. Starting and ending at Gemini Springs Park in Debary, the paths take you under the mossy oaks of the Spring-to-Spring in West Volusia County. Hosted by Runner’s High Timing and Race Management and the West Volusia Runners, the finish line includes a ‘Legendary’ Tailgate Party. The Full Marathon is a Boston Qualifier with extensive aid stations throughout the course providing water, electrolytes, and gels. Enjoy a well-supported race with beautiful Old Florida scenery.

Lake Helen Stress Buster 5K

Work off the holiday stress at the Stress Buster 5K in Lake Helen, Florida! Held annually on December 24th to support the City of Lake Helen’s Parks & Playgrounds, the race takes runners around the ‘Gem of Florida.’ Finishers receive a commemorative medal, age group charms, and can participate in an awards ceremony after the race. Enjoy community spirit, support local parks, and end the year on a high note with a refreshing run.

Pat & Ed Northey 5K and 10K River Run

Hosted by the Rotary Club of DeBary, Deltona & Orange City, the annual River Run takes place in April on the flat, shaded Spring-to-Spring trail in Gemini Springs Park. Participants receive finisher medals, custom race shirts, and post-race beverages, with awards for top finishers. Proceeds benefit Rotary Youth programs, making it a great event to run and enjoy festive drinks while supporting a good cause.

Hero Hustle 5K

With a mostly flat course and a few moderate hills, the Hero Hustle 5k supports veteran and active-military organizations, such as the PTSD Foundation of America and Mission 22. DBK, the race organizer, is the only general contractor certified as a Purple Heart Entity. Over the past seven years, the race has raised nearly $95,000 for designated beneficiaries. Join this race to help our heroes, one mile at a time every May.

Central 28 Monster Mash-N-Dash 5K Run and Walk

Run from T-Rexes, mummies, and Dracula himself at the Central 28 Monster Mash-N-Dash 5K Run and Walk! 🎃 This fun, Halloween-themed race starts and finishes at the Central 28 Brewery Taproom and takes runners on a 3.1-mile out-and-back course along the paved Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will receive a custom race t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and a celebratory beer (for those 21 and up) at the finish line. Dress to impress in your Halloween costume and be part of the post-race costume contest.

DeLeon Dash 5K

A Dash and A Dip? 🏊 Run, walk, or jog under majestic oaks, beside the spring, through the woods, and past the Old Sugar Mill Restaurant during the annual DeLeon Dash 5K in November. Following the run, you can choose to enjoy the spring pool, nature trail, wildlife, kayaks, playground, eco-history boat tour, a make-your-own-pancakes experience, visitor center, stand-up paddleboards, and more!

Leprechaun Run 5K

Feeling lucky?  Race against your friends through the gem that is Lake Helen. This path takes runners through the historic district, around lakes, and over hills on the way to awards, medals, pancakes, and beer—all your favorite St. Patrick’s Day fixings. Run or walk. Everyone is welcome to participate, including kids and pets.

Love Your Heart 5K

Presented by the City of Deltona, the Love Your Heart 5K Walk and Run takes runners through the winding roads surrounding the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex. This Valentine’s Day event is organized as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, offering a chance for participants to get active, stay healthy, and contribute to a worthy cause. The course will take you on a loop from the Pavilions at Dewey O. Boster Park through the surrounding neighborhood and back to the finish line, where you’ll receive your finisher medal, as well as post-race drinks and snacks.

DeLand 0.5K Micro-Marathon Pub Crawl

Ok, well this one isn’t a race, but it is a fun inclusion! Instead of racing for medals and recognition, you’re racing around town with your friends, visiting seven bars, breweries, and other hot spots in Downtown DeLand in the middle of October. It isn’t just for the love of the drink; this “race” is for a good cause. Proceeds benefit local Rotary charities.

More information on West Volusia County can be picked at 116 W. New York Avenue in Downtown DeLand, FL, or Please call 386-734-0162 for more information.