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Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon

By Compiled by Pete Young

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001


WHEN: 7 a.m. next Sunday.

WHERE: Looped course starts and finishes in Clearwater near Drew Street and Cleveland Street. Most of the first half of the course heads south on Gulf Boulevard, and most of the second half goes north on the Pinellas Trail.

AWARDS: No prize money. All finishers receive medals and certificates. Age-group and overall awards also will be presented.

HOW TO ENTER: Call (727) 347-4440 or (888) 548-2786, or go online at www.floridamarathon.com.

COST: The entry fee is $50 until Thursday, $60 on race weekend. For two-person teams, it's $70 until Thursday, $80 on race weekend. For five-person teams (new this year), it's $130 until Thursday, $140 on race weekend.

ETC: It is the first Super Bowl sanctioned and themed marathon. ... A total of 1,268 runners registered as of Friday: 927 individuals, 206 two-person teams and 135 five-person teams. About 1,500 are expected, compared with the 635 in last year's inaugural race. ... The start and finish line have been moved slightly from last year, in part because of nearby concerts featuring Charlie Daniels on Saturday and Sunday at Coachman Park.

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