On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Pensacola

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The race is on in Pensacola, Florida. Nestled along the Gulf Coast, boasting 52 miles of shoreline, Pensacola offers a calendar full of outdoor adventures to lure the masses. Three unique areas, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key, invites visitors and locals alike to participate in the pre-spring activities that are sure to leave you breathless.

The race is on in Pensacola, Florida. Nestled along the Gulf Coast, boasting 52 miles of shoreline, Pensacola offers a calendar full of outdoor adventures to lure the masses. Three unique areas, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key, invites visitors and locals alike to participate in the pre-spring activities that are sure to leave you breathless.

Taking the lead on February 7, 2009, is the Double Bridge 15K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Race through historic Downtown Pensacola and Celebrate 450 years with the City of Five Flags. Rub shoulders with Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound as you sprint across two bridges to the finish line; beautiful Pensacola Beach. A 5K course welcomes both walkers and runners, and a Kids Fun Run continues the action along the Gulf of Mexico.

Following close behind on February 15, 2009, is the Pensacola Marathon and Half Marathon. Starting line is near the Veteran's Memorial Park in Downtown Pensacola. Enjoy the unique beauty of Pensacola as you run through a canopy of trees and dash beside the stunning Pensacola Bay in its morning splendor.

The Pensacola Kids Marathon invites young runners and walkers in grades K-6 to participate in the excitement of a marathon modified just for them. Kids can run, walk, or wheel chair the final 1.2 miles and cross the official finish line of the Pensacola Marathon course.

Running into Spring is St. Patrick's Day 5K Run. Hosted by McGuire's Irish Pub every year. This year the event begins March 17, 2009 at 9:00 AM. Start your 3.1 run/walk at McGuire's Irish Pub in Downtown Pensacola. Predict how long it will take you to finish the course and whoever gets closest to their predicted time wins.

Make it to the finish line and everyone's a winner at the Post Race Party held at McGuire's Irish Pub. Join the fun with Rich McDuff's Irish sing along. Indulge in Irish coffee, wakes, beer, and soft drinks. Delicious Irish fare will be served to complete the St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Pensacola invites you to get a head start on spring this year. Grab your running shoes and race down to Pensacola, Florida this pre-spring season.

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