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Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Weekend

Posted on 24 August 2010

State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Weekend (5K, 8K, 1/2, Full, and Hand Cycle)-February 5th & 6th, 2011

The 3rd Annual State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Weekend hosts the 5K, 8K on Saturday, and the half and full marathon and hand cycle marathon on Sunday on a scenic waterfront course on Florida’s Space Coast.

The event has water stops each mile of the course. Both the 1/2 and full will be USATF-certified courses with Championship timing and the event is the USATF Masters National Championship. The 8-k is the USAT-Florida state championship race. The weekend offers a $10,500.00 total purse with $8,000.00 marked specifically for USATF-member Masters runners.

Now in its third year, the Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon is East Central Florida’s premiere distance event and one of Florida’s fastest growing races.

Q. What time does it start/ check in time, what’s the “average” weather like at that time of the year?

A. There is a 7am start on both days. Gorgeous weather greets participants, with event morning temperatures in the high 50s to low 70s.

Q. How long has the current race director been handling the race, are they endurance sports athletes?

A. Yes, our race director has been handling this event since its inception and is an avid runner himself.

Q. What’s the entry fee and what does the athlete get with respect to shirt, medal, food, etc. Is there unisex sizing for the race shirts?

A. Entry fees vary depending on race (5K, 8K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon or Hand Cycle Marathon) and deadline. The list can be viewed on our website.

All registered runners receive a goodie bag, event shirt, event hat and post race bagels, fruit, water, pizza and beer. Medals are provided to the top 3 finishers in each age category and cash purse to top finishers in the 40 & over Masters group, 5K and 8K winners and hand cycle champions.

Q. What makes the race memorable for athletes?   Any recent changes to the course, race, etc.?

A. The event will feature at least 20 musical acts along the route with a post-race concert providing beer, pizza and more to runners. Sustainability efforts are also being enacted for the 2011 races, with “green” activities planned including a tree planting ceremony.

Q. Is there a pre-race/post-race dinner?   What kind of food/ assume pasta? There is a pre-race pasta dinner tentatively planned. Post race food is provided at the finish line includes bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade, pizza and beer.

A. How has the growth been with the race? Race attendance has grown significantly from the first to the second year and will continue to grow through 2011.

Q. Where do most of the athlete’s come from for the race (what states)?

A. The majority of runners come from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, and Massachusetts but participants come from 46 states and 12 countries.

Q. Is there an airport close to the venue?

A. Yes, Melbourne International Airport is 10 minutes away.

Q. Are there hotels close to the start?

A. Approx 3 mi.

Q. Is there anything in the area to keep the kids busy during the race or do I want to leave them home?

A. There will be a kids run event on Saturday but they will need to be supervised during the duration of the main races.

Q. In terms of logistics is the race a point to point or does the race start and finish in the same area?  If point to point, is there transportation back to the start for athletes?

A. Start and finish in the same area.

Q. Are there an abundance of bathroom facilities or porto-potties at the start/finish and out on the course?

A. Porto-potties at start/finish area.

Q. Are there any specific training idea’s to prepare the athlete for the race, based on the specific course terrain?

A. The course is flat except for causeway bridge crossings. Number of crossing depends on race distance selected.

Q. Any traffic issues to be concerned about on the course?

A. No

Q. Any advice for a first timer?

A. Train early and have fun!

Q. Is the course clearly marked, what is used?

A. Yes, cones, directional signs and mile markers are used.

Q. Is there a race expo?

A. Yes

Budget Items for summary of costs:

  • Race entry Fee – Varies depending on race (5K, 8K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon)
  • Hotel – Special hotel rate for race participants available on www.themelbournemarathon.com
  • How many dinners/ meals to buy – N/A
  • Transportation flight cost or gas – N/A
  • Rental Car Requirements – N/A

Q. Are there grocery stores close by, if so how far from the start of the race?

A. approx 3 mi.

Q. Will there be water and or coffee at the start of the race?

A. Water and Gatorade

Q. Is there cell phone coverage in the area?

A. Yes

Q. Is there a race photographer on the course?

A. Yes

The Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon is one of the last qualifiers of the year for the Boston Marathon . The State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Half-Marathon is the official 2010 USA Masters Half-Marathon Championship.

Many of the nation’s top elite male and female Masters runners will be among the field competing for the USATF’s prestigious national title. Among top Masters elites who have competed in the event are 4-time Olympian Colleen DeReuck, 1983 Boston Marathon champion Greg Meyer, 4-time Boston Marathon Winner and 4-time NYC Marathon winner Bill Rodgers, 2010 Womens Masters 1/2 Marathon Champion Lori Kingsley and 2009 & 2010 USA 1/2 Masters Champion Paul Aufdemberge.

One Response to “Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Weekend”

  1. this was really fun! i really do hope they do this every year or better yet every 6 months

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