Registration still open runners prepare to enjoy miles of waterfront views
WEST PALM BEACH (Dec. 3, 2015) - Bryan Sharkey, who has perhaps risen to the top of South Florida's distance runners, won his first marathon at the EAU Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest in 2013. Sunday he returns to the streets of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth as the favorite to once again set the pace in the elite running event of the Palm Beaches.
Sharkey is the manager of retail operations for Carnival Cruise Lines, who has often found himself training on cruise ship treadmills recently due to a busy work schedule. He most recently won the November 13 Michelob ULTRA Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon, which was a tune-up race for Palm Beach. His time of 1:19:23 was nearly nine minutes faster than runner-up Wilson Shearin of Miami (1:27:51) in that race as he reached his goal of the 1:20 marathon pace he was seeking to prepare for Sunday's Palm Beach test followed by the Miami Marathon on January 24. He also ran a personal best time of 2:33:14 in the Boston Marathon last April. His winning time in the 2013 EAU Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest was 2:43:46.
"One week it's California, the next week it's Mexico," the 28-year-old former Princeton star said of his recent training regimen. "It's been tough training but you figure it out. I've gotten used to running on the treadmill which makes it interesting. When we get to ports I try to get off and run for a couple of hours. The shops aren't open in port so I get a little break there. The cruise industry has been fun, but it definitely makes the training more difficult."
This will be the 12th EAU Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest presented by Publix with more than 3,000 participants expected for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K distances. The race, produced by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company, will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the 5K at 6:45 a.m., followed by the "Finish Line Party" until 2 p.m.
In addition to Sharkey, other top Marathon returnees include top two 2014 finishers Adam Lazrus of Silver Spring, Maryland (2:59:10) and Brazilian Marcelo Lopes (3:02:48). The top two finishers in the 2014 Half Marathon - 20-year-old Samuel Luttier (1:18:11) and 45-year-old Jupiter running fixture John Reback (1:19:54) - also return.
To kick off race weekend, the Health & Fitness Expo, including packet pickup, will be held Friday and Saturday at Meyer Amphitheater near the start and finish line with a variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest trends, designs and advances in running shoes and apparel. Hours for the Expo are December 4 from 12 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration for the Eau Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest is available at the Expo. Marathon registration is $130, Half Marathon registration is $110, Relay registration is $350 and Waterfront 5K registration is $50.
Runners can register online or find additional information at PalmBeaches_Marathon.com or via email at PBMinfo@usroadsports.com More information about Life Time Athletic Events is available at on Twitter LifetimeFitness.com.