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Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest--also Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Relay--Running Along Florida's Beautiful Coastal Waters
U.S Road Sports brings you another of the Florida Storm Series Races featuring the Palm Beach Marathon and related events on December 6 to 8, 2013. You will find no better opportunity for a wonderful December racing get-away whether you come from South Florida or anywhere in North America! Get ready for a gorgeous set of races and the outstanding Publix Health and Fitness Expo in one of the world’s premier destinations.

Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest--also Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Relay--Running Along Florida's Beautiful Coastal Waters

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 14 November, 2013

The countdown to the 10th Annual Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest has begun! The Run Fest offers four races plus the relay, including the beautiful Palm Beach Marathon. The expo runs Friday and Saturday, and the 5K and 10K run Friday evening, December 6. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay run on Sunday morning beginning at 6:30 so Sunday plans and travel itineraries are much easier.

Since this is the 10th anniversary running they have designed a very cool, custom, commemorative medal—very cool indeed and one-of-a-kind. Add some bling from the Florida Storm Series (see below), and you will have some conversation pieces like no other finisher’s awards.

This exciting event will run in famous West Palm Beach, running courses that will feature many parks and intriguing sights along the waterways and roadways of this delightful region; and will highlight many notable locations where railroad magnate Henry Flagler established one of the earliest resorts in Florida. West Palm Beach is much more than a beach resort, having grown into a center for business and commerce with a lot to see and do, including cultural activities, shopping, dining, and ecotourism.

Publix Health and Fitness Expo, Awards and Schedule
The weekend kicks off with the Publix Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, December 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., located at the Harriet Hammel Theatre at City Place, 600 Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Packet/bib pick up will be available during all expo open hours, of course.

The Waterfront 5K and 10K races take place Friday evening and will run at Waterfront Commons Park beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is a beautiful triangular park along the waterfront where famous Flagler Drive meets Clematis Street. There is a great lawn there for such special events are held. City Commons is a lovely public space where fountains and a Parisian-style plaza impress all visitors.

The Publix Health and Fitness Expo will also be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is open to the public and worth a visit. Marathoners, half marathoners and relay teams can also pick up packets and bibs during this time.

Those events run on Sunday morning, December 8 starting at 6:30 a.m. Awards for all races run three deep in 14 different age group categories for women and men.

The Palm Beaches
West Palm Beach is only 50 miles north of Miami, but has a totally different charm and appeal going back to the late 1800’s. And the historic city streets and lovely neighborhoods of West Palm Beach provide a terrific place to run in December. On race weekend the average high temperature is 77, and average low 62; compare that with Boston, for example, which averages 41 and 27 degrees respectively. Sunrise on Sunday morning will be at 6:56 so runners may see a terrific sunrise as they begin their races (start is 6:30). And there is much more sun in Florida—the sunshine state; sunset will be at 5:28 p.m. Boats will ply the waters along the course, and many activities beckon for the entire weekend, including over 47 miles of pristine beaches in Palm Beach County.

The Five-Event Florida Storm Series
This race is also very significant as part of a series--the "Run the Seas Florida Storm Series established by US Road Sports. That series includes the National Allstate Life InsuranceSM 13.1 Marathon® November 10; This event, the Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest (full and half marathon) December 8, 2013; the ING Miami Marathon (also full and half marathons) on February 2, 2014; the National Allstate Life InsuranceSM Miami 13.1 Marathon® on March 2nd; and the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay on March 16, 2014. If you want serious bling this series is for you! Run three of the five and get a great medal; run four of five and get a better, bigger medal; run all five and get a ridiculous "Level Five" award, a medal you can use for weight training. See details on the race website about the individual race:, as well as the series:

U.S. Road Sports
U.S. Road Sports is renowned for providing runners with quality, exceptionally well organized race experiences across the country. And this event allows participants the opportunity to run whatever distance they are comfortable with, from 5K all the way up to marathon. It also allows teams to run the marathon relay, so all levels of participants can enjoy a big time marathon event.

Please visit their outstanding race website for information on air travel and hotel accommodations, car directions and parking information, registration, course descriptions and maps, bib pickup (Friday and Saturday), Publix Heath and Fitness Expo, gear check, traffic, Palm Beach info and shopping, volunteer opportunities, photos, awards, results, pace teams, training programs and groups, FAQ’s, contacts, partners, sponsors, charities, event schedule, 2013-2014 Storm Series, merchandise and more:

Set a PR with this ultra flat course with likely ideal conditions. Get some serious bling and enjoy a memorable experience.

Post Race Celebration and Visit Gems of the Region
Celebrate your triumphant finish with friends new and old before heading off to enjoy all that West Palm Beach and Palm Beach have to offer.

Wear that spinning finisher’s medal proudly as you visit shops and restaurants, great libraries, parks and forests, wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful beaches, bikeways (some immediately along the water), Flagler Museum, Norton Art Gallery, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Mounts Botanical Garden, Museum at Ragtops Motorcars, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and so much more.

Register Today
Take advantage of online registration today for the Palm Beaches events and possibly the Florida Storm Series as well. Be a part of the 10th Annual Palm Beach Marathon and Run Fest and race in Florida’s oldest resort town, and in likely ideal conditions. Begin your planning for this December Florida running adventure that is sure to be a memorable experience for years to come. Please visit the race website and be a part of this running adventure in the wonderful destination of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.



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