Two-mile Hustle serves hard-hit hospitality industry

Nothing like getting in a little run or walk and helping local hospitality workers in the process.

The inaugural Hospitality Hustle 2-miler is scheduled for March 18 at The Avenue in Viera.

Proceeds from the event will go to Hospitality Life, a Brevard County nonprofit that supports local hospitality owners, operators and employees.

“This inaugural Hospitality Hustle is one more way to put 2020 behind us, then support and celebrate all that the local hospitality industry does for us,” Chris Conneen, founder of the Pizza Gallery & Grill and 28 North Gastropub, wrote in an email.

“Whether you work in the industry or just want to come out and run or walk to support your favorite restaurant, bar or hotel, we can’t wait to see you on March 18th.”

The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with check-in. The race is slated to begin at 6. It will start and finish behind the Belk department store. Afterward, a celebration in Central Park behind Pizza Gallery will feature live music, food, beverages, awards and prizes.

Hospitality Life was co-founded by Conneen and Squid Lips Overwater Grill owner Buz Underill in 2016.

The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest-hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that overtook the country a year ago. To that end, Hospitality Life created the Feed the Need program to provide free meals to people who have been out of work since the pandemic hit.

The cost of running in the Hospitality Hustle 2-miler is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.

Awards will go to the top three overall men’s and women’s finishers as well as the top masters (40-plus) and 16 age groups from 8 and younger to 75 and older.

While you don’t have to be a member of the hospitality industry to take part, there will be additional awards for six hospitality categories.

To sign up for the race, go to runsignup.com/Race/FL/Melbourne/HospitalityHustle3K.

For more information on Hospitality Life and what it has to offer, go to hospitalitylife.org.