For Hometown New
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - After three years of conducting the county's only half-marathon event, officials at the Healthy Start Coalition raised the proverbial bar up a notch with the beachside half tarathon, making it a U.S.A. Track and Field "certified" course.
"Becoming USATF certified was a huge step forward for us this year in becoming a more widely-known and respected event," said Julian Fojon, development specialist for Healthy Start.
"Serious marathon runners need to have a certain number of 'certified' races under their belts in order to compete in larger races, and now they can add our beachside half marathon to their list of must-do races to help them meet their goals."
The fourth annual half marathon will take place Oct. 13 at Riverside Park and will include a 10K run. All proceeds benefit Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition.
Entry fees for the half marathon and 10K run are $80 and $45, respectively until Oct. 3. After that date, the fees are $85 and $50 until race day.
A complimentary continental breakfast will follow the 6:30 a.m. run along with a health and fitness expo. Vendors for the expo are still being accepted.
Event sponsors include: Advanced Motion Therapy, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Dyer Difference award and Mantle & Starr. SpringHill Suites is the host hotel.
For more information about the beachside half marathon, 10K run and the expo, call (772) 563-9118, visit www.beachsidehalfmarathon.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.