BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
More than 1,200 participants are expected at the sandy finish line on the World’s Most Famous Beach. Celebrating 47 years, the five-part Daytona Beach Easter Beach Run will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19.
The Easter Beach Run was established in 1967 by the Daytona Beach Leisure Services Department. First held on Easter Sunday afternoon to provide an activity for visiting college students, this event has developed into one of the favorite fun races in Florida.
“Our team is looking forward to this year’s Easter Beach Run. We have added some new features to keep our runners engaged prior to, during and after the race,” Jacqueline Paquell, Athletic Manager for the City of Daytona Beach shared. “We have already received registrations from two U.S. Olympians, several local students, families and spring breakers, from as far as Germany. This race is truly for everyone.”
All fitness levels
Each event will start and end at the Daytona Beach Pier with a half way turnaround point. The entire family can enjoy the Forest Gump-themed activities with races for all levels of fitness and ages.
Awards ceremonies will be held following each race. Each Kid’s Race participant receives a participant medal. Custom “finisher” medals will be given for the first 1,200 runners and walkers completing the race. Awards will go to the top male and top female finishers in the two and four-mile races. Awards also will be handed out to first-place winners in various groups – from children to adults.
Registration can be accomplished online at www.easterbeachrun.org or in person through April 16 at the Leisure Services offices of City Hall, 301 S. Ridgewood Drive, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.easterbeachrun.org.