Half Marathon registration opens

Posted On: June 29, 2017

It’s time for runners to lace up their sneakers and get ready to race for the checkered flag. Registration for the 2018 Daytona Beach Half Marathon opens July 1. The footrace is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, two weeks before the 60th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race.

The 2018 event includes a half marathon, a two-person half marathon relay, a 3.1-mile (5K) Lap the Track, and a Speedway Challenge, which allows runners to compete in both the half marathon and 5K. The Speedway Challenge is limited to 1,000 participants, and finishers will receive a prestigious third medal and full-zip, hooded sweatshirt.

Early bird registration, from July 1 to Sept. 30, is $80 for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, $70 for the Half Marathon Relay, $30 for the 3.1-mile Lap the Track, and $135 for the Speedway Challenge. To register, visit www.daytonabeachhalf.com

The half marathon course begins at Daytona International Speedway on the 2.5 mile, trioval superspeedway, where legends have raced since the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959. From there, runners will make their way through quiet Daytona Beach neighborhoods, to City Island and past historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark before traversing up the International Speedway Boulevard Bridge. At the top, they’ll be treated to a fantastic, panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean before running down to the sparkling, white, hard-packed sands where racing got its start in the early 1900s. After a short out and back on the beach, runners will tackle the bridge once more and race up International Speedway Boulevard to re-enter the track and cross the finish line inside the iconic motorsports facility.

Race features include:

  • Start and finish on the Daytona International Speedway track
  • Tech tees (1/2 and relay) and super-soft tees (5K)
  • Finishers beach towel (1/2 and relay only)
  • Post-race party with complimentary food & beer (beer is limited to those who are 21+)
  • Finisher medals for ½ and 5K
  • Race-themed overall, masters and age-group awards
  • Complimentary race photos
  • Free RaceJoy app for live tracking

For more information and to register, visit www.daytonabeachhalf.com.