Runners of every level are invited to participate in the Marco Island Half-Marathon and 5K-Walk/Run on Sunday, March 19. In its ninth year, the Half-Marathon starts at 7:30 AM, while the 5K Walk/Run, celebrating its fifth event, starts at 7:45 AM.
The events have grown from Collier and Lee County residents to include participants from all over the United States and Canada last year. A total of 700 runners and walkers comprised last year’s fields.
“We have seen our numbers grow through the years and feel this year’s field will be our finest yet,” said organizer and long-time local resident ML Meade. “We have an international feel we believe will grow as those who have competed return and our profile increases.”
The Marco Island Half-Marathon, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to bettering the community. Marco Island benefactors are the Police Foundation, Fire-Rescue Foundation, Parks and Recreation, the Charter Middle School and YMCA, along with the Lely Road Runners.
The Marco Island Half-Marathon, Inc., has distributed more than $50,000 locally through the years. “We are proud of the impact our event has had,” said Meade. “Many loyal individuals and businesses engage with us annually. We enjoy those relationships and anticipate adding more because of the affinity our residents have for our area.”
For more information, or to register, go to www.marcoislandhalfmarathon.com.EVENT FACTS
Course: The event starts at the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot, heads east on San Marco Road, passes over the Goodland Bridge before winding through Key Marco and finishing at the starting point.
Sponsorships: The six levels include Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), Bronze ($250), Booth Package ($150) and Water Table ($100). Platinum-level participation includes signage on shirts, banners and other race-day items, along with pre-event advertising/marketing materials, event booth space and four complimentary runner registrations.
Awards: Post-event ceremonies are in the Marco Publix parking lot. Each participant receives mementos. First-place overall male and female finishers each receive $200. First-place male and female finishers also receive $100 prizes in the following categories: Master (40-49 years of age); Grand Master (50-59); Senior Master (60+); Collier County; Realtor.
Contact: Craig Kelley by phone: 239-961-7314 or by email: email@example.com.