Eat My Crust 5K bolsters community through donations


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Mike Acosta, left, Viera High School Principal Sarah Robinson and Brittany Streufert, the race director, were happy that the Eat My Crust 5K raised money for Viera High School.

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The Special Olympics of Brevard and the Early Steps Program of Brevard County won’t be the only beneficiaries of the eighth annual Eat My Crust 5K.

Through the Viera High School Track Renovation Project, Viera High School will get a new track. The modern track will allow the high school to host district and regional meets and perhaps a future state championship competition in track and field.

The community also will benefit since local runners will have select times to do their speed workouts or slower jaunts.

“We raised $30,000 from the race to benefit these projects,’’ said Brittany Streufert, the race director for the Eat My Crust 5K, which is one of the many races conducted through Mike Acosta’s Power of Pizza Charities. “In its eight years, the Eat My Crust 5K has raised more than $150,000 for local charities and projects.’’

Acosta said 100 percent of proceeds from the Eat My Crust 5K goes to local charities.

“I love to see all the smiling faces at the races,’’ said Acosta, who recently was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame as a sports ambassador. “At these races, I see everyone coming together as a community.’’

In April, Streufert and Acosta conducted the Space Coast Classic for the first time. The 15K race was run through neighborhoods in South Viera. In its history, which dates back more than 30 years, the race has been conducted in several places, including the beach.

A two-mile race was added for less competitive runners. Proceeds from the races were donated to the Children’s Hunger Project and Quest Elementary School.