Pizza Gallery & Grill plans Christmas Fit-Mas 3K


The Pizza Gallery & Grill Christmas Fit-Mas 3K will be held for the second consecutive year at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Pizza Gallery & Grill


All registered runners will step off at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 for the second annual Pizza Gallery & Grill Christmas Fit-Mas 3K run in Viera. The event will be held at the Viera Regional Park at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Melbourne under the direction of Running Zone on Wickham Road in Melbourne.

Each registered runner will receive a moisture wicking race T-shirt, a holiday race packet, an invitation to the Winter Wonderland Party after the event and will be given a chance to win contests, giveaways and prizes.

“Top racers in each category will receive a medal,” said Ericka Hash, chair of the event for Pizza Gallery. “Categories are adult, children age 12 and under and the free Little Elf Run for small kids. The cost is $25 per adult, $15 each for children.”

The running route will be through the tunnels at Viera High School, running by the courthouse and back around the regional park, Hash said.

Sponsors this year are the Running Zone, which is taking care of registration; Health First and the Viera Company. The Winter Wonderland After Party is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation and Cheerio Gram children’s entertainment company which supplies balloon artists, bounce houses and does face painting for children. Food at the party will be Pizza Gallery pizzas galore, Christmas cookies and soft drinks.

Pizza Gallery & Grill owner Chris Conneen “is really big on giving back to the community,” Hash said. “So this race has been geared toward raising funds for Suntree, Viera and Rockledge youth athletics. We had 300 runners last year and hope to have 1,000 this year.”

Pizza Gallery and Grill is a Viera-based locally owned and operated gourmet pizza restaurant and art gallery founded in 1989. The mission is to enrich the community and provide an incredible dining experience by offering gourmet pizzas and dishes including gluten-free and vegetarian options complemented by displayed local art.

Runners can register for the Christmas race through Dec. 7, according to Running Zone, the sponsor currently taking pre-registrations on their website at