MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Runners and spectators alike will enjoy a range of musical acts and beautiful scenery at the second annual State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Feb. 6-7
Thousands of runners from all over the country are set to run the national and state championship events: the USA Track & Field-sanctioned marathon and half marathon are scheduled for Sunday and on Saturday, there will be a 5-K, a USATF championship 8-K, and a Kids Run. To accommodate demand, more races were added to make a full weekend.
"Championship races always attract great runners, and we again have plenty of them in the field in both mid-range and long distances," said event founder Mitch Varnes. "While the elite runners are in the front of the pack, we will also have thousands of everyday runners participating and reaching their own goals. The music gets all the runners pumped up no matter what their pace."
New to the event in 2010 is the Top End Euro-America Handcycling Championship, which will feature many of the world's best handcyclists, including reigning and eight-time Boston Marathon wheelchair champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa. Handcycling is rapidly catching wheelchair racing in popularity, and Melbourne is positioning itself to be a world-class venue.
The Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon gives runners the opportunity to rub elbows with Boston Marathon champion and Olympian Bill Rodgers, as well as famous South African Olympians and World Record holders Colleen De Reuck and Zola Budd.
The marathon course takes participants over two scenic causeways, and south along the Indian River Lagoon. The half-marathoners enjoy the same scenery, running the course loop once.
East Strawbridge Ave, Historic Downtown Melbourne, FL
7:30 a.m. - 8K start
8:00 a.m. - 5K start
8:45 a.m. - Kids Run start
7:00 a.m. - Full & 1/2 Marathon
10 a.m. - Hand Cycles
The Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Weekend is East Central Florida's premiere distance running event and attracts more than 2,000 runners to Historic Downtown Melbourne. More than 20 musical acts will be performing. Online registration available at www.themelbournemarathon.com
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