There’s just something special about being a runner in Central Florida. Maybe it’s the near-perfect weather we are blessed with during the winter months or maybe it’s the beautiful coastline that we are surrounded by on either side of the state. I feel as if it’s a combination of the two for me personally, which is why races like the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay has been on my race list since I heard about it two years ago.
There are many favorable elements to entice one to run this race. First and foremost, the majority of the course is setup running either right next to the water or a few blocks from the ocean. In fact, a portion of the course runs right over the John Ringling Causeway with breathtaking views. if you’re a beach lover, you’ll have the pleasure of feeling the ocean breeze along the majority of the course.
The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay Race features a fast and, mostly flat, scenic course with a 4 hour course limit for runners and walkers. There is also a wheelchair division for the Half Marathon. The Relay Race follows the same course with the transition area near Van Wezel on N. Tamiami & 10th Street.
The Sarasota Half Marathon is known for its giant dolphin finisher medal, gender-specific tech shirts, and the beautiful weather and race conditions.
The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, previously owned by US Road Sports, is now owned and operated by Life Time, The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM). Life Time acquired US Road Sports and Entertainment Group in January 2014, and is now producing the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay as well as the Miami Marathon, The New Jersey Marathon, The Salt Lake City Marathon and others around the country.
I’m really looking forward to this race this year, especially since I will be sharing the experience with a large group of bloggers and fellow runner friends from Central Florida. And I just learned that the event has sold out.
It’s shaping up to be a spectacular event for everyone.
Being that this will be my third half marathon of the year, and the third of my pregnancy, I’m planning to take the same strategy as I did for Best Damn Race Orlando. This won’t be an attempt to PR or pull negative splits, but I will absolutely relax into the scenic route through the very familiar parts of Sarasota that I’ve grown to enjoy.
I’m holding out for some nice weather for race morning. The forecast is calling for scattered thunderstorms on Sunday, but I’m hoping that it will hold off until later in the afternoon and let the early morning folks enjoy an overcast sunrise.
I will be spending the weekend at my parents house to further increase my enjoyable weekend plans. With all the housework and packing I’ve been doing lately, we haven’t made it out to the beach at all in the past two months. My 2 year old has been asking to “goto Nana’s house” for weeks now. I have to give her what she wants.
What do you have planned for this weekend?