Tuesday, December 3, 2013


The Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest presented by Publix will return December 6-8
with its usual series of running events, an Expo and fun innovations such as a Friday 5K /
10K, a simultaneous half marathon on Sunday, wacky water stations and a post-race
downtown party at Waterfront Commons Park.

More than 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the weekend events. The Marathon
and Half Marathon will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday December 8 as the runners take in
miles of spectacular waterfront views along their path through the city of West Palm
Beach and Lake Worth. The finish line party will run until 2 p.m.

This is the event’s 10th year and the second under the operation of US Road Sports, which
has grown the Miami Marathon from 9,100 runners in 2007 to 25,000 and has similar
visions of a rise in stature for the premier running event of the Palm Beach / Treasure
Coast area. US Road Sports purchased the marathon from the founding Chamber of
Commerce of the Palm Beaches prior to the 2012 event.

Former Olympic great Bill Rodgers, a 66-year-old who was once the American record
holder in the marathon and dominated the sport in the 1970’s, will run in the half
marathon and also serve as a pre-race mentor to local running groups.

A unique feature of The Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest presented by Publix is the
capability of runners to enter as relay teams. Each team of four runners in each division
(male, female, mixed) will collectively run the 26.2 mile marathon distance. Participants
in the Marathon Relay will have the ability to split the distance, receive a finisher medal
and participant shirt.

The Publix Health & Fitness Expo will showcase health, sport and fitness products and
services at Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace on December 6 from 4-8 p.m. and
December 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Runners will pick up their packets at the Expo.
A waterfront 5K / 10K will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at Flagler Drive at Banyan Street,
finishing at Clematis Street. Registration for the 10K is $45 until 10/24/13, $50 until
12/01/13, and $60 during Race Week. Registration for the 5K is $35 until 10/24/13, $40
until 12/01/13, and $45 during Race Week.

And even if they’re not a runner, residents can still participate by entering the Wacky
Water Station competition with friends, family, co-workers, religious groups, high school
groups, non-profit organizations or neighborhood associations. Entrants manage one of
15 water stations along the Marathon course and are judged based on theme, music,
costumes, decorations, & enthusiasm. The best overall group receives $1000 and there
are $500 awards for Best Theme, Best Cheer Zone and Most Unique Station. A minimum of 15 volunteers are required per water station.

"Anyone who is familiar with this area knows that Palm Beaches is one of the premier
destinations in the world," said US Road Sports Managing Partner and Founder Peter
Handy. "Partnering with the Chamber of Commerce is a unique strategy and will provide
a dynamic combination of strengths that will deliver a spectacular weekend of running
for years to come."

The Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest presented by Publix is part of US Road
Sports’ Florida Storm Series, a five-event circuit in which participating runners can earn
extra medals to show off their hard work and dedication. The medal they receive gets
bigger as runners complete more races. If participants finish three events they earn a
Category 3 Medal. If they complete four events they receive a Category 4 Medal and five
events gets them a huge Category 5 Medal.

The five races included in the Florida Storm Series are Allstate Life Insurance℠ Fort
Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon® (Nov. 10, 2013), Palm Beaches Marathon & Run Fest
presented by Publix (Dec. 8, 2013), Miami Marathon & Half Marathon (Feb. 2, 2014),
Miami Beach 13.1 Marathon® (Mar. 2, 2014), and First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon
& Relay (Mar, 16, 2014).

Race fees for the Marathon portion of Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest presented by
Publix are $110 until October 24, $115 until December 1 and $125 during Race Week.
The fees for the Half Marathon are $90 until October 24, $95 until December 1 and $105
during race week.

Email PBMinfo@usroadsports.com for more information or visit runpalmbeaches.com.
The Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest is proudly sponsored by the City of West
Palm Beach: the picturesque backdrop for all of the event's races. Runners, their
families, friends and spectators are encouraged to visit Downtown West Palm Beach for
spectacular night life, shopping, dining, and our activities on the beautiful waterfront.