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North River Ranch to Host Healthy Kids Running Series Packet Pick Up Party on March 4

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PARRISH, Fla. — (Feb. 22, 2022) — Neal Land & Neighborhoods, a Manatee and Sarasota-based master-planned community developer, is once again proud to sponsor the Spring 2022 Healthy Kids Running Series. In support of the Spring 2022 races, North River Ranch will host the pre-race celebration with a Packet Pick Up Party. The party will be held on Friday, March 4, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at North River Ranch’s Brightwood Pavilion on the event lawn.

The series is a five-week program that kicks off on Sunday, March 6, and offers age-appropriate, running events for kids ages Pre-K through eighth grade. Kids compete each Sunday afternoon and earn participation points each week.  At the end of the series, all runners earn a medal, and the runners with the most points in their respective divisions are awarded trophies.

“We’re proud to be able to sponsor this inclusive and family-friendly program which helps to create healthy habits and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy,” said John A Neal, President, Neal Land & Neighborhoods. “Our North River Ranch neighborhood is designed to offer outdoor recreation and activities with the same goal in mind, so it’s very important to us to continue supporting these great initiatives that help improve the well-being of all our local communities.”

Neal Land & Neighborhoods has arranged to have food trucks and games at the Packet Pick Up Party. Pre-registered runners can also pick up their series packet that includes a t-shirt, race bibs and prizes. Parents can get race day information and review course maps.  There will also be on-site registration available for anyone interested in signing up.

“We are excited to be back at North River Ranch. It’s the ideal location for the Packet Pick Up Party. It’s community support like this that makes such a difference to our program.” said Laura Stefanic, Community Coordinator, Healthy Kids Running Series, Parrish.

Registration is available online for the full five-week program. The running series takes place at Buffalo Creek Park in Palmetto.

About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. It’s a fresh approach to development in southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable, and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit