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The 8th Annual Beachside Half Marathon, to benefit the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition, will be held Saturday, October 8 at 6:45 am at Riverside Park located at 3001 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach.
The race is a USATF Certified course. The 13.1 mile Half Marathon starts near the Pavilion in Riverside Park with breathtaking views of the intra-coastal and ocean while crossing the two main bridges to Orchid Island. Participants will run through coastal neighborhoods and the Oceanside retail area with incredible views of the beach and ocean, finishing back at Riverside Park. Timing will be done by Runner’s Depot using the ChronoTrack Systems D-Tag. The course is also walker friendly. The entry fee is $80 by September 30 and will increase to $90 after October 1. Entry includes the “Pre-Race Pasta Party,” race shirt, running hat, post-race party, finisher medal and chip timing. There will be a special 5-year medal to any runner that has finished five (5) Vero Beach Beachside Half Marathons. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, top male and female master, 10-year age group finishers and the top three finishers in each of the 5-year age groups, (starting with 15-19 and ending with 75+) for the Half Marathon only.
The 5K Run which will be timed this year, begins from the same location at 7:00 am. The course runs past Riverside Café and under the bridge before turning around and following the end part of the half marathon course. The entry fee is $25 by September 30 and $30 after October 1. Walkers are also welcome. All prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony on race day. As always, goodies and post-race snacks to all finishers of the Free Kids Run (1/2 mile) & Toddler Dash (approx. 100 yards) will be handed out.
The 5K Run participants receive t-shirt, running hat, chip timing, as well as the “Pre-Race Pasta Party.”
The proceeds raised will support the Healthy Start Coalition and its six essential programs. The mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to offer a broad spectrum of programs to assure every pregnant woman and their young children receive necessary healthcare and support services.
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vero Beach Oceanside is the Host Hotel, the locale for the “Pre-Race Pasta Party” and is a short walk from the start/finish line of the Beachside Half Marathon making it the perfect place to stay. Rates start at $139 for race participants. Race Director is Eddie Branigan. For more information regarding any aspect of the Half Marathon or the 5K Run, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cheri at the Healthy Start office, 772-563-9118. Participants may register at Runners Depot, online or download a form at www.BeachsidehalfMarathon.org.
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“The Mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to develop and support a local system of care to optimize the health of moms, babies and their families living in Indian River County.”
1555 Indian River Boulevard
Vero Beach, Florida