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Posted: January 10, 2009  :

Athletics: State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Discount Registration Expires January 15

• Overall entry limit of 1,500 runners
• Features USA Masters Half-Marathon Championships
• Entry fees for Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K rise on January 16
• New sponsors announced

MELBOURNE, FL (January 8) — The State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon, which takes place Feb. 8, 2009 and features the USA Masters Half-Marathon Championships, will close its discount registration on January 15.

Through January 15, entry fees will remain at 90 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half-Marathon and $30 for the Florida Today 5K. These reduced rates will be in effect through January 15, 2009, after which late-bird registration begins. Registration is available on the official website, www.themelbournemarathon.com, or on www.marathonguide.com.

The registration fees after January 15 will be $100 for the Marathon, $85 for the Half-Marathon and $35 for the Florida Today 5K.

Both the marathon and half-marathon courses will be USA Track & Field-certified courses, with Champion Chip Timing. This is of particular importance for runners trying to qualify for the 2009 Boston Marathon, as the Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon will be one of the last opportunities to do so.

Furthermore, with many of the nation's greatest over-40 runners and several former Olympians participating in the USA Masters Half-Marathon Championships, all entrants will experience the rare treat of competing in an event with plenty of championship atmosphere.

The top men and women half-marathoners will split $2,000 purses in each division. First will receive $1,000, with second earning $600 and third $400. In the marathon, $1,000 purses each will be presented for the men and women, with the winners earning $600, second place $300, and third place $100. The purse also features age grading, with a total of $6,000 will be distributed to the top nine age-graded runners.

In addition, State Farm will present $125 checks to the top male and female marathoner, and the top male and female half-marathoner residing in Brevard County — host county of the State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon.

The State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon has enjoyed significant support from city officials in Brevard County, Melbourne and Indialantic, along with the Space Coast Board of Tourism, the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Sports Foundation.

State Farm Insurance is the umbrella sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors include: Florida Today; Health First; Delta Airlines; Melbourne International Airport; Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne; Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront; Space Coast Credit Union; Bright House Networks; Beachside Performance & Health Studio; the Flammio & Schultz Financial team of Wachovia Securities; Florida Eye Associates; McDonalds; The Sample Guy; Crocs; Melbourne Square; Ocean Potion Suncare; Aqua Hydrate; Clif Bar; Publix; Spacecoast Living magazine; and WFIT 89.5 FM.

Complete information and entry forms can be found at www.themelbournemarathon.com.


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