South Shore Drive, Sarasota

For some, Sarasota is a robust and quaint town just south of St. Petersburg, home to a population of equally laid back and relaxed residents living in their own little slice of paradise. For others, more specifically the thousands of runners who flock to this idyllic beach haven every March, the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay is the last leg for those competing in the coveted Florida Storm Series. With a large bulk of these runners coming from local metropolitan areas such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, one can only imagine that a weekend away in sublime Sarasota is more of an escape from the relentless routine of daily city life than anything else.

With registration for the March 18, 2018 event opening on Monday, May 1st , runners can look forward to a looped course that will showcase the very best this city has to offer! With a stunning sunrise start across the renowned Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, runners will head north towards the Ringling Museum of Art through gorgeous coastal neighborhoods before heading south across the John Ringling Causeway for breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay and Bird Key. Before traversing back across, runners will be met with cheers of support from locals as they loop around the bustling streets and shoppes of St. Armand’s Circle. When asked what brings runners back to Sarasota year after year, Frankie Ruiz, Chief Running Officer of the Miami-based production team states:

 “Besides the course, I find this race to be extremely convenient with hotels, packet pick-up, restaurants and the Start line all within a few miles of each other. All this coupled with a medium-sized race field is just the low-stress kind of environment I, as a runner, would look for when trying to set a PR or just go out and have a guaranteed enjoyable race experience. It’s like going to that favorite restaurant near your house where you are just sure everything will go smoothly and meet your expectations.”

With a USATF-certified course and a popular relay option, this event is perfect for beginners and elites alike. Take advantage of the early bird prices and come join us next March! Pack your bags, disconnect and come see why Sarasota is truly a breeze!

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