Island 2 Island half marathon,5k set for Saturday

Island 2 Island half marathon,5k set for Saturday

(April 26, 2013) More than 3,000 runners are expected to participate in this Saturday’s ninth annual OC Tri-Running Sports’ “Island 2 Island” half marathon and 5k races.

In 2012, approximately 2,200 people competed in the half marathon and about 1,000 athletes participated in the 5k race, according to event co-organizer Chris Klebe.

As of Monday afternoon, about 2,900 runners had already registered, Klebe said.

Runners will start at the Ocean City inlet and finish at Assateague.

Final registration is today, Friday, from 1-9 p.m. at the Francis Scott Key Family Resort in West Ocean City. The cost to participate in the half marathon is $80, and $35 for the 5k.

The half marathon race will begin at 7 a.m. The 5k race on the Boardwalk will begin at 7:45 a.m.

There will be limited parking at the starting area because of preparations for the Springfest festival. Additional parking will be available on the side streets or at the West Ocean City Park & Ride. Because of the race, motorists should expect traffic delays on routes 50 and 611 from 7 – 9 a.m.

First-, second- and third-place males and females in each race will receive awards. The top three males and females in each age group will also win prizes. The awards ceremony and post-race party will take place at Seacrets on 49th Street. Family and friends are welcome to join the athletes. The cost is $10 for adults 21 and older; $7 for those 20 and younger. The price of admission includes food, refreshments and beer.

OC Tri-Running Sports will donate a portion of the proceeds from the day to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. The organization, founded in 1975, assists several thousand area residents each year by offering counseling, advocacy, outreach, support, professional education and training. WYFCS has offices in Pocomoke and Berlin.

Since the event’s inception nine years ago, Klebe said more than $65,000 has been donated to the organization.

For more information, visit www.octrirunning.com.

More than 3,000 runners representing 30 states, as well as the British Virgin Islands, Australia and Canada, participated in the eighth annual OC Tri-Running Sports’ “Island 2 Island” half marathon and 5k races last year.

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