12th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay sets new course records

03/20/2017 - 16:56

Jon Mott of Babson Park, Fla. wins men’s division in 1:14:03

Jacki Wachtel of New Port Richey, Fla. wins women’s division in 1:22:15

Registration opens May 1 for 2018 race

SARASOTA, Fla., (March 19, 2017)…In a men’s and women’s winner repeat from 2016, Jon Mott, age 30, of Babson, Fla. and Jacki Wachtel, age 37, of New Port Richey, Fla., took their respective division titles once again and set new course records at today’s 12th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay. Mott improved his time by almost two minutes from 1:15:54 in 2016 to 1:14:03 this year, with Wachtel also nearing an almost two minute drop from1:23:53 to 1:22:15. The relay team winners also did a repeat from 2016, with #1RunPros taking the title in 1:26:31, just slightly slower than their 1:26:23 time in 2016.

Presented by Life Time – Healthy Way of Life ™, the longest running half marathon in Sarasota drew participants from 21 states and 15 countries, ranging in age from 10 year-old Sophia Pustilnik from Lake Worth, Fla. who ran the half marathon in 2:39:29 to 84 year-old Bob Ranta of Sun City Center, Fla., who finished in 3:50:57. The race was also the final race for the 5-event Florida Storm Series, also sponsored by Life Time.

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Life Time Run Brand Marketing Manager Daniel Lakin noted on the event: “This year’s weather made for some ideal racing conditions and some really significant course records. We greatly appreciate all the community and sponsor support, particularly from First Watch and Fit2Run, as well as our partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the 50 races across the country that partner with St. Jude.”

2018 Registration opens May 1, 2018

Registration for the 13th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay will open May 1, 2017 to allow time for development and approval of a modified course route due to construction in the downtown area. Special early registration fees will also be announced at that time.

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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting, liking St. Jude on Facebook ( and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

About First Watch

First Watch specializes in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, and unique specialty items like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga. First Watch was named the 2016 top Family Dining restaurant by Consumer Reports, a 2015 Top Consumer Pick by Nation’s Restaurant News and a 2014 Top Franchise Value by FSR Magazine. First Watch is the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the U.S. with more than 300 restaurants in 26 states, including more than 200 First Watch restaurants, 96 The Egg & I restaurants, one The Good Egg restaurant in Phoenix and one Bread & Company restaurant in Nashville. For more information, visit

About Life Time – Healthy Way of Life ™,

Life Time® is a privately held, comprehensive health and lifestyle company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life Company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of January 2017 the company operates 122 centers in 26 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada.

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