A Cool Early Start
Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, the race began in the cool darkness before dawn.
This was year 18 for the First Watch Sarasota Half and Relay. Race organizers added a 10K to the event this year.
It seems like more and more 10K races are popping up around here. I'm glad. If you aren't ready to run a half, the 10K (6.2 miles) is a good challenge.
If you always wanted to run the Ringling Causeway Bridge, give the #RunSarasota 10K a try. You get all the perks at half the distance.
I ran the half marathon. It was my third
First Watch Sarasota Half. I was very happy to run this year because I DNS last year due to a sinus infection.
The race course and amenities were as good as I remembered.
What You Need to Know
Cost: The best time to register is during the price blitz right after the race.
During Blitz Pricing the prices are based on number of entrants. The first runners to sign up for each distance get the best deal. See the schedule below, and on the race website.
Packet Pickup: There were lots of options for packet pickup at Fit2Run stores.
Miami on Wednesday. Sarasota on Friday at University Town Center, and then Downtown Sarasota on Saturday. Packet pickup was available on race morning, too. I picked up on Friday. It took under 5 minutes to get everything.
SWAG: The shirt is bright neon green. I like the ladies cut. I'll definitely wear it. The goodie bag had a First Watch Cafe discount coupon, protein bars, and a one pot sized bag of First Watch coffee in it.
Race Day Parking: Easy if you arrive early. Traffic backs up at race time. Construction on Tamiami Trail and 10th Street slowed the traffic flow this year.
The race begins and ends at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. There's plenty of on site parking. Be aware that if you park in the lot you can't exit until 10 am. On street and additional parking lots are nearby.
My Race Recap
I didn't have my best race, but I enjoyed this half! I love the views from every angle on the bridge. Coming back to town from St. Armand's is stunning as the sun rises behind the city.
While runners spend a lot of time on Tamiami Trail, there are hidden treasures in the older neighborhoods along the bay. I adore the gigantic shade trees and water views. There are beautiful homes. Many friendly residents stood outside and cheered on the runners.
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