6th Annual Panda Prance 5K is Going Virtual!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Parkview Panda Prance is going virtual!

Here’s how it works: You will be able to complete your 3.1 mile or 5k run/walk distance between May 9th and May 30th (by 5:00pm) on a route in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, in your house, around your yard, or on the actual course at Highlands Hammock State Park (assuming the park loop will actually be open). You will have to contact the park beforehand if you are wanting to run/walk it there. We know that everyone has been cooped up lately, so feel free to start training and try running a 5k as many times as you like between now and May 30th. Then, just send us a picture of your best time!  

After running/walking, you will email us your name, age, and time. This can be done by using an app on your phone, Fitbit, Apple watch, etc. and taking a screenshot or picture of the time, date, etc. There are a ton of apps out there that measure your distance and time very easily. Some of the apps include: MapMyRun, RunTracker, Runkeeper, Nike Run Club, and so on. The email address is: parkviewprek@gmail.com. In your email, you must include your name, age, time, and picture of your time and distance. To register for the race, fill out a registration form and send it in (if you haven’t already done so).

Once we receive everyone’s times, we will then rank everyone’s times and declare the winners of the medals. Medals, shirts (if purchased), and bags may be picked up on Thursday, May 28th from 2:00pm to 5:30pm or Saturday, May 30th from 9:30am to 12:00pm at Parkview Prep Academy.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  All proceeds will be going into the Parkview Prep Academy Building Fund. If you wish to participate in the 5K race, please download, print, and mail the entry form back to us.  We will also be raffling off great prizes, including a Tundra 65 cooler, Sea World tickets, Aquatica tickets, etc via a Facebook Live drawing.



  • Florida Engineering (Silver)
  • All Day Orthopedics (Silver)
  • Customized Wellness (Silver)
  • Building Designs by Marshall & Marine (Silver)
  • Prime Media Group, Inc (Silver)
  • MidFlorida Credit Union (Silver)
  • Haynes Pest Control (Silver)
  • McPhail’s Auto Sales  ($200)
  • Heartland Pediatrics
  • Raise the Bar
  • Steve S. Tree Service
  • Alan Jay Automotive
  • Thankful Hearts Nutrition
  • Wells Insurance
  • Top Nails & Spa
  • Under Pressure Sports
  • Wells Motor Company
  • Cool & Cobb Engineering
  • Timeless Memories
  • Bugs Bee-Ware Exterminating, Inc.
  • Stewart Construction
  • The Dental Care of W. Florida, P.A.
  • Gentle Foot Care Center
  • Wells Motor Co.
  • Grace & Heart OBGYN (Dr. Khan & Dr. Cooper)
  • Highlands Breast & Imaging Center
  • Heacock Insurance
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Heal by Touch Massage & Float Therapy
  • Rise Up Patient Advocacy, Inc.
  • Turner Furniture
  • Jr.’s Bounce House, LLC
  • Dee’s Place
  • Advanced Air Systems
  • HomeTown Realty
  • Bagwell Lumber Co
  • Cars and Trucks For You
  • Budget Bi-Rite Ins
  • Avon Park Chiropractic Clinic
  • Debbie Terreros
  • John Palmer Electric Co
  • Ridge Water Filter Systems
  • Broken Egg, LLC
  • Dance Unlimited of Highlands County
  • Heartland Publications and Marketing, Inc.

Current List of Raffle Prizes So Far (Prizes will be put together in packages):

  • Yeti 65 Tundra Cooler – (Tundra 65)
  • SeaWorld Orlando – 4 Tickets
  • Dental Center of W. Florida – Cleaning & Exam ($250 Value)
  • Publix – $100 Gift Card
  • Rack Room Shoes – $100 Gift Card
  • Under Pressure Sports – One Free Scuba Lesson ($100 Value)
  • Defy Lkld Trampoline Park (Former 2Infinity) 1 Hour Jumps (5)
  • Raise the Barre – $35 Gift Certificate
  • Medieval Times Dinner Theater – 2 Tickets
  • The Crayola Experience – 2 Tickets
  • Picaboo Photo Gifts – $50 Gift Cert. (5 available)
  • Escapology Lakeland – 3 Passes
  • Red Lobster – $10 Gift Card & Free Appetizer
  • AMC Theater Sebring – 5 Free Passes
  • Outback Steakhouse – 20 Free Bloomin’ Onions
  • Cobb Theater Lakeland – 4 Tickets
  • Palms Car Wash – 6 Free Car Wash Coupons
  • Olive Garden – $25 Gift Card
  • Residence Inn Marriott – $150 Gift Certificate
  • Winn Dixie – $25 Gift Card
  • Tires Plus – Free Oil Change (3)
  • Sydni Shae Photography – 20min mini session (value $125)
  • A Moment In Time 2 1hr Family Photo Session ($100 Value each)
  • Highlands Hot Spot Tanning & Beauty – $50 Gift Cert.

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