Race organizers announce 2017 race date and open registration for participants
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After a wildly successful running in 2016, the Tallahassee Marathon is beginning preparations for the 43rd annual race, which will take place on Feb. 5, 2017. Runners interested in participating in either the half or full marathon events can now register at www.tallahasseemarathon.com.
The 2016 event saw a dramatic increase in participants, setting records for the race with more than 1400 runners registered. With a brand new course that featured numerous spectators and cheering stations, challenging terrain and views of local landmarks, Race Director Ely Rosario is optimistic that the growth will continue in 2017.
“The feedback that we’ve received from our participants and from the local community has been so validating and exciting,” said Rosario. “We knew that taking a chance on a new course could lead to exciting results, and I couldn’t be happier with the positive impact we have had and will continue to have on our Capital City.”
The 43rd Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon courses span 26.2 miles and 13.1 miles respectively. The race will feature aid stations, chip timing and other conveniences for runners taking on these distances. An expo event will take place on Feb. 4, 2017, and a finish line festival will take place following the race, both hosting vendors, keynote speeches and giveaways.
The race is presented by Gulf Winds Track Club, and benefits the Hang Tough Foundation. Gulf Winds Track Club was founded in 1975. The club hosts a full schedule of races throughout the year on road, track, and trail, from a 50-meter dash to a 50-mile run. Gulf Winds Track Club and its members also support other running and fitness related activities and events in the community.
The Hang Tough Foundation’s mission is to be a physical, mental, and financial reprieve for families with children experiencing illness or special needs. Their programs are designed to provide support, hope and encouragement to our clients during their journey.
Beyond running, local residents and organizations can also participate by volunteering and through sponsorship opportunities. For more information on volunteering and sponsorship, please visit, www.tallahasseemarathon.com.
The 43rd annual Tallahassee Marathon will be held February 5, 2017. Beginning in 1975 with just two participants, the marathon is now a well- known and eagerly anticipated event in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee (the half-marathon began in the 1980s). Continuing with the courses introduced during the 2016 event, Tallahassee marathon and half-marathon courses highlight local landmarks and parks and run through neighborhoods and business districts. For more information, visit www.tallahasseemarathon.com.