The Half Marathon is in its tenth year, and the 5K Walk/Run is celebrating its sixth event. The events have grown from Collier and Lee County residents to include participants from all over the United States and Canada. 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 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 that has distributed more than $50,000 locally through the years. Marco Island benefactors are the Marco Patriots, Police Foundation, Fire Rescue Foundation, Parks and Recreation, the Charter Middle School and YMCA, along with the Lely Road Runners.
“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.”
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, pre-event advertising/ marketing materials, event booth space and four runner registrations.
Awards: Participants will receive medals. 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 (ages 40-49); Grand Master (50-59); Senior Master (60+); Collier County; Realtor.