FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATE FARM MELBOURNE & BEACHES MUSIC MARATHON
DISCOUNT REGISTRATION EXPIRES JANUARY 15
Overall entry limit of 1,500 runners
Features USA Masters Half-Marathon Championships
Entry fees for Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K rise on January 16
New sponsors announced
MELBOURNE, FL (January 8) — The State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music
Marathon, which takes place Feb. 8, 2009 and features the USA Masters
Half-Marathon Championships, will close its discount registration on
Through January 15, entry fees will remain at 90 for the Marathon, $75 for
the Half-Marathon and $30 for the Florida Today 5K. These reduced rates
will be in effect through January 15, 2009, after which late-bird
registration begins. Registration is available on the official website,
www.themelbournemarathon.com, or on www.marathonguide.com.
The registration fees after January 15 will be $100 for the Marathon, $85
for the Half-Marathon and $35 for the Florida Today 5K.
Both the marathon and half-marathon courses will be USA Track &
Field-certified courses, with Champion Chip Timing. This is of particular
importance for runners trying to qualify for the 2009 Boston Marathon, as
the Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon will be one of the last
opportunities to do so.
Furthermore, with many of the nation's greatest over-40 runners and several
former Olympians participating in the USA Masters Half-Marathon
Championships, all entrants will experience the rare treat of competing in
an event with plenty of championship atmosphere.
The top men and women half-marathoners will split $2,000 purses in each
division. First will receive $1,000, with second earning $600 and third
$400. In the marathon, $1,000 purses each will be presented for the men and
women, with the winners earning $600, second place $300, and third place
$100. The purse also features age grading, with a total of $6,000 will be
distributed to the top nine age-graded runners.
In addition, State Farm will present $125 checks to the top male and female
marathoner, and the top male and female half-marathoner residing in Brevard
County — host county of the State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon.
The State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon has enjoyed significant
support from city officials in Brevard County, Melbourne and Indialantic,
along with the Space Coast Board of Tourism, the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area
Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Sports Foundation.
State Farm Insurance is the umbrella sponsor of the event. Additional
sponsors include: Florida Today; Health First; Delta Airlines; Melbourne
International Airport; Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne; Crowne
Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront; Space Coast Credit Union; Bright House
Networks; Beachside Performance & Health Studio; the Flammio & Schultz
Financial team of Wachovia Securities; Florida Eye Associates; McDonalds;
The Sample Guy; Crocs; Melbourne Square; Ocean Potion Suncare; Aqua
Hydrate; Clif Bar; Publix; Spacecoast Living magazine; and WFIT 89.5 FM.
Complete information and entry forms can be found at