Runners and walkers will be able to experience the beach in a unique way November 15 when the 13.1 Marathon® Fort Lauderdale presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida returns to the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale Beach .
More than 3,000 participants are expected for the prep race for the ING Miami Marathon ®, which will be held January 31, 2010. The 13.1 Marathon® Fort Lauderdale will begin at 6:13 AM as the sun creeps over the horizon on Lauderdale Beach .
Participants will start at the Broward Convention Center on 17th Street Causeway and work west to U.S. 1. They then will head north through the New River tunnel on their way to scenic Las Olas Boulevard, the famous stretch of galleries, cafes and shops that makes Downtown Ft. Lauderdale a pedestrian-friendly destination.
As the sun rises, the waves roll in and the participants head East on Las Olas toward the ocean, they then will turn north on A1A Blvd, home to Ft. Lauderdale's new 4 and 5-star resort hotels and the lively bars and restaurants that line the beach. The course continues north towards 40th Street for the turnaround and comes back down A1A where locals and hotel visitors will cheer on runners. The race will finish at South Beach Park at the south end of A1A, a beautiful sandy beach where athletes will get their 13.1 finisher medals and a pancake breakfast.
Fifteen entertainment stations will line the course that includes live bands, DJ's, and cheerleaders. Beach party activities will provide entertainment for runners and their guests. Various fun beach party-themed events will be a part of the post race experience.
The 13.1 Marathon Fort Lauderdale® is also walker-friendly. The course will remain open for 3 hours and 30 minutes (16 minute/mile pace). This is race number 2 in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Running Series -- a total of 9 running events of varying distances. Upcoming BCBS events are the annual Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving morning), the Holiday Run on December 12, and the Tropical 5K on January 30 prior to the ING Miami Marathon ® and Half Marathon. For additional race events and the local running calendar, go to RunMiami.com.
"We have been very pleased with the growth of this race in South Florida and, in particular, the interest of the Ft. Lauderdale running community," said David Scott , General Manager and Race Director for US Road Sports & Entertainment of Florida . "Our numbers increase each day and we may well be faced with capping the registration before race day."
Inaugural 13.1 Fort Lauderdale® overall men's winner Cobi Morales who posted a 1:15:26 mark will return to defend his title along with Natasha Yaremczuk, 2008 overall women's winner who will try to best her 1:27:34 time.
Registration is presently open for $70 until November 13. The registration fee is $90 on November 14th.
Registering online at www.131fortlauderdale.com is the quickest way to register for the Marathon 13.1® Fort Lauderdale .
Mail registrations along with the entry fee to US Road Sport & Entertainment of Florida , LLC, C/O 13.1® Fort Lauderdale , PO Box 56-1081, Miami , FL 33256 .
Call (305) 278-8668 or visit www.131fortlauderdale.com.
About US Road Sports
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city's culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.