Circling the Park by Sarasota Bay
The 11-11-11 Marathon of Sarasota has it roots 1400 miles away in Northfield, MN. That is where the renowned Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon takes place at St. Olaf College, every January. That race is run indoors, with about 40 runners, 150 laps, and more fun that you can ever imagine.
Well, move the location outdoors, warm it up by about 80 degrees (from 20 below), and shorten the number of loops to just 58+, and you have an idea of that the 11-11-11 Marathon will be like.
It is guaranteed to be one of the most fun, most energetic, and most unusual marathons that you will ever run - and it is all about the bling. There will be 11-11-11 everywhere, a BIG finisher's medal, age groups of three people and medals for the top three in each age group, free food, and oh yes, it is in beautiful, sunny and FLAT Sarasota. Some say it is a party disguised as a marathon.
Race entry is limited to 66 entrants - 33 men and 33 women. A lottery will take place on May 23 to determine the field for this inaugural event (next year's event is on 12-12-12). To register for the lottery you must register and join the lottery group on the event's website - www.111111marathon.com .
Normal November temps are highs in in the low 70s and lows about 55. Come, run and enjoy!
(It also makes the perfect triple-weekend opportunity with easy drives/flights to Saturday and Sunday events.)