Half Marathon USATF Certified Course #FL10090EBM
The “Running for the bay!” Half Marathon is held in beautiful Apalachicola, Florida.
The "Running for the bay!" Marathon medal was voted as one of the top 10 medals in North America for the last two years running!
The Half Marathon starts in Apalachicola which provides easy access to the starting corrals for any of the timed groups.
Get ready! Get set! Go!
From Apalachicola, the course crosses the Gorrie Bridge (Named after Physician John Gorrie, the inventor of refrigeration as a byproduct of his fight against Malaria). From Gorrie Bridge you can see a full view of Americas greatest wildlife estuary stretched out before you. The estuary stretches from horizon to horizon. It’s laced with local shrimp boats with their “hanging” nets swaying in bay’s gentle breezes. As you run above the bay, you’ll see the local oyster fisherman raking for oysters, the same way they have for over a hundred years. The bay’s considered the finest oyster laden waters in America. Above, you’ll probably see one of the more than three hundred species of birds that inhabit the area, some of which will be gently gliding along on the Gulf’s breeze.
Upon descending Gorrie Bridge, you’ll enter the “Margaritaville” like town of Eastpoint, FL. Eastpoint features pine trees standing against the skyline with their “feet” nestled in a sea of native straw grass and wild flowers. For the serious runner, here the terrain is flat and fast. After following South Bay Shore Drive, the course heads back west along Island Drive.
As you run down Island Drive, the Locals will wave and cheer you on. By now, you'll appreciate the hometown hurrahs! The course then heads south and the bay reveals itself to you once again.
Down to glory
As you race up Gorrie Bridge on the estuary side, you'll see sailboats gliding along as they slice through the bay's deep-water waters. By now, you can sense your half way home!
The finish line
Soon you're racing down the Gorrie Bridge and into Apalachicola, where the crowds will be cheer and urge you on. Throughout the race, the crowds will cheer and make you feel like running another half marathon, albeit after a well deserved rest. Upon crossing the finish line, you’ll receive your “Running by the bay!” Half Marathon medal and the rights to say, “You did it!” You’ve accomplished what only a few can do, enjoy the glory!
Time limit: Course is open for all races for 8 hours!