One sport reigns supreme in the playground that is Florida while one food certainly ranks among the leaders.

Both will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 8 with the 11th anniversary of the I Run for Pizza Football Kickoff 5K at The Avenue at Viera.

The race is the second in the seven-event 2015-16 Running Zone Foundation Race Series.

The 3.1-mile run begins at 7 a.m. Pizza Gallery and Grill will cater the tailgating. Pizza Gallery and Grill_WEB

Who could ask for anything more?

The race benefits Suntree/Viera Youth Football & Cheerleading & WEGO Ministries.

Among the race’s perks are:

  • Awesome pizza and football awards
  • Special award for the most supported team.
  • Zippy the Gecko mascot leading the Kids’ Run.
  • Tailgate Party after race catered by Pizza Gallery & Grill in the courtyard behind the patio.
  • And the prize of the day: A random giveaway of NFL Football tickets (any Florida team) plus one night hotel stay for two.

Race packets will be available for pickup the week before each race starting 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at Running Zone, 3696 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne between Parkway Drive and Post Road.

Defending race champions are coincidentally the defending series champions Melbourne’s Chris Cacciapaglia (15 minutes, 47 seconds) and Palm Bay’s Kim Hunger (18:40).

The race fee, which includes a T-shirt, is $30 increasing to $35 on race morning. Participants can choose a no-shirt option for $5 less. Team/school registration is $25. (no race day team registration)

Visit Running Zone’s website for directions and complete race information at or call (321) 751-8890.

The race site is The Avenue Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera, FL 32940.

Kinder Care provides free childcare at each Running Zone Foundation Series’ event. The kid’s zone is available from 30 minutes before race time to an hour after the start of each series race. To guarantee your child’s spot, please pre-register your child by two days prior to race day. You may pre-register online or at Running Zone or download the form on the website. and bring in to Running Zone.