(April 25, 2014) An estimated 3,000 runners from more than 30 states and two countries are expected to participate in the OC Tri-Rrunning Sports’ “Island 2 Island” half marathon and 5K Saturday.
To celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, the half marathon course will be reversed this year.
Half marathon runners will begin at Assateague Island at 7 a.m. They will run along Route 611 to South Point Road and through the Grays Creek neighborhood. From Grays Creek they will make their way to the Bayside development to Route 707. Participants will travel through West Ocean City and over the Route 50 bridge, finishing in the Ocean City inlet parking lot.
“We’ve had a great response about changing the course from those who have participated before and it is definitely new and exciting,” said event co-organizer, Chris Klebe of OC Tri-Running.
Through the years, the race has evolved in size and continues to grow, Klebe said. Participation numbers for this year’s run have already succeeded last year’s total by 500.
The 5K race will begin at 7 a.m. in the inlet parking lot. Participants will race on the Ocean City Boardwalk.
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.
Only a few spot were still open in both races as of earlier this week. If runner are interested in competing, visit www.octrirunning.com or search “OC Tri Running Sports” on Facebook to see if any spaces remain and for more information.
Registration cost for the half marathon is $90 and $40 for the 5K. If spaces are still available, those who are interested in participating can stop by open registration today, Friday, from 1-7 p.m. at the Tap House in the 45th Street Village in Ocean City.
A post-race party will start at 9:30 a.m. in the inlet parking lot. Family and friends are welcome to join the athletes. The cost is $10, which includes food and beverages.
A portion of the money raised from the day’s events will be donated to the 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.