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County and Speedway partner for 2016 Daytona Beach Half Marathon


Volusia County Government and the Daytona International Speedway have partnered to schedule the return of the Daytona Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, two weeks prior to the 58th annual Daytona 500.

Registration opens on July 1.

Sponsored by Florida Hospital and Brown and Brown Insurance, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon features a course that takes runners from the Daytona International Speedway to International Speedway Boulevard leading to a view of the Atlantic Ocean atop the International Speedway
Boulevard bridge to the sands of Daytona Beach and then back to the start/finish line inside the motorsports facility.

“There is no marathon course like ours,” said Jim Dinneen, Volusia County Manager and a longtime marathon enthusiast. “I’ve run some of the great races in the United States, and none can match the uniqueness of our course that includes the Speedway and the World’s Most Famous Beach.”

Running Zone hired
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III agreed.

“We are excited to partner with Volusia County to host the Daytona Beach Half Marathon,” he said.

“The ‘World Center of Racing’ will provide a unique setting for the start and finish of the race and runners will have the special opportunity to pound the same pavement that will be used by the stars of NASCAR in the Daytona 500 just two weeks later.”

The county has hired Running Zone, a well-established company in Cocoa Beach, to administer the race. A countywide planning committee composed of the county’s tourism advertising authorities, chambers of commerce, cities, local businesses, the county and running enthusiasts is assisting with race planning.

For more information, visit

Palm Harbor Golf Course offering classes to kids
Each Saturday morning, from 10-11:30 a.m., youngsters ages 7 to 14 can learn and practice golf skills at the Palm Harbor Golf Club. Informal, fun sessions are held each week to encourage young residents to acquire experience in a new sport, make new friends and develop a love for the game.

“No need to make a long-term commitment; no need for costly lessons,” said Palm Harbor Pro Christian Bell. “We’d simply like to introduce golf to a younger generation and show them they can have just as much fun as they do with more familiar sports like soccer or baseball.”

The clinics are held every week at the Palm Harbor Golf Club, 100 Cooper Lane. Fees are $10 per session.

For more information, contact Christian Bell at 386-986-4653 or send email to

New Smyrna Beach library plans affordable housing workshop
Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division will lead an affordable housing workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
County staff will share information about the county’s homebuyer assistance, owner-occupied rehabilitation, basic accessibility improvement, and wind hazard mitigation programs.

Volusia County uses federal and state grants, including the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program, to pay for these programs. The county administers the programs countywide, except for homes within the city limits of Daytona Beach, Deltona, Oak Hill and Ponce Inlet.

Reservations are not required for this free workshop.

For more information about affordable housing programs, visit or call the county’s Community Assistance Division at 386-736-5955.

Nurse training scholarships available
The American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program-Daytona Beach Training Center has announced the availability of scholarships.

The Wal-mart Foundation Grant provides assistance to students training to become a certified nurse assistant and the Wounded Warrior Project Grant is available for wounded warriors, their spouse or caregiver.

The 124-hour training includes 84 hours of class instruction and 40 hours of hands-on-clinical experience at a local nursing home.  Once completed, the scholarships covers the cost of the state certified nursing assistant testing and fingerprinting required to obtain licensure.

For more information or to set up and informational meeting, contact Vanessa Carter, administrative coordinator, at 386- 226-1400, ext. 5260 or



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