Visit Pensacola Invites Marathon Runners to Combine Race Qualifying with Quality Vacation Time at the Pensacola Marathon.

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Pensacola, Florida, will be rocking this fall as marathon runners take to the streets for a spirited race filled with fun music, competition, and scenic routes.

Starting line at the Pensacola Marathon

'It’s a great course for first time runners. There are some hills, but it’s a relatively flat course. We have a lot of motivation to encourage everyone to have fun and take their mind off the next step,' says Ray Palmer.

The Pensacola Sports Association’s 10th Annual Pensacola Marathon is shaping up to be a winner this year with more than 1800 runners signed up so far for the national event on Sunday, November 9. Runners can still sign up to participate in the race, which is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

The course takes runners through a wide-variety of scenery and terrain. Because of its timing two days before Veteran’s Day, the race aims to honor veterans. It begins and ends at the Veteran’s Memorial Park along Pensacola Bay, which features the nation’s only replica of the National Vietnam War Memorial.

Runners will take their mark at 6:10 a.m. with the official gun shot start at 6:30 a.m. The terrain is a mixture of flat roads and hills, and race participants will wind and turn through Historic Downtown Pensacola, along the beautiful Pensacola Bayfront, and down Pensacola’s Scenic Highway which supplies ample water views. The course map is available at http://marathonpensacola.com/course-map.

“It’s a great course for first time runners. There are some hills, but it’s a relatively flat course. Runners won’t experience extreme weather, just nice warm fall temperatures. And, we have a lot of motivation to encourage everyone to have fun and take their mind off the next step,” says Ray Palmer, Executive Director of the Pensacola Sports Association.

The Pensacola Marathon offers additional races for those runners not ready to take on the entire 26.2 miles. Runners can sign up for the Pensacola Marathon Relay where teams of four run relay-style to the finish line. Runners can also elect to participate in the 13.1-mile Pensacola Half Marathon. Visit http://marathonpensacola.com to register for the races.

The race’s motto is “Come for the challenge, stay for the fun.” Organizers encourage participants to arrive in Pensacola early to enjoy the beautiful white beaches and stay after the race to participate in the numerous activities taking place in the Pensacola area, including the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show and the popular Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, part of the city’s new 12-day Foo Foo Festival which celebrates arts, culture, and entertainment.

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