13.1 Marathon® Returns to Fort Lauderdale

11/03/2009 - 13:05

FT_lauderdale.jpgFT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Runners and walkers will be able to experience the beach on Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 when the 13.1 Marathon® Fort Lauderdale presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida returns to the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale Beach.

More than 3,000 participants are expected for the prep race for the ING Miami Marathon ®, which will be held Sunday, Jan 31, 2010. The 13.1 Marathon® Fort Lauderdale will begin at 6:13 AM as the sun creeps over the horizon on Lauderdale Beach.

Participants will start at the Broward Convention Center on 17th Street Causeway and work west to U.S. 1. They then will head north through the New River tunnel on their way to scenic Las Olas Boulevard, a stretch of galleries, cafes and shops.

Participants then head East on Las Olas toward the ocean, and they then will turn north on A1A Blvd, home to Ft. Lauderdale's new 4 and 5-star resort hotels, bars, and restaurants. The course continues north towards 40th Street for the turnaround and comes back down A1A where spectators will cheer on the runners. The race will finish at South Beach Park at the south end of A1A, a beautiful sandy beach where athletes will get their 13.1 finisher medals and a pancake breakfast.

Fifteen entertainment stations will line the course with live bands, DJ’s, and cheerleaders. Beach party activities will provide entertainment for runners and their guests. Various fun beach party-themed events will be a part of the post race experience.

The 13.1 Marathon Fort Lauderdale® is also walker-friendly. The course will remain open for 3 hours and 30 minutes (16 minute/mile pace). This is race number 2 in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Running Series – a total of 9 running events of varying distances.

Upcoming BCBS events are the annual Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving morning), the Holiday Run on December 12, and the Tropical 5K on January 30 prior to the ING Miami Marathon ® and Half Marathon. For additional race events and the local running calendar, go to

Inaugural 13.1 Fort Lauderdale® overall men’s winner Cobi Morales will return to defend his title along with Natasha Yaremczuk, the 2008 overall women’s winner.

Registration is presently open for $70 until November 13. The registration fee is $90 on November 14th.
Registering online at is the quickest way to register for the Marathon 13.1® Fort Lauderdale.

Call (305) 278-8668 or visit

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