It was sad news yesterday when Events by Life Time announced it's ending the First Watch Sarasota Half & Relay event in Sarasota. They sent an email to past participants. (Websites aren't updated yet.)
The Life Time First Watch Sarasota Half & Relay was one of my favorite half marathons. They celebrated their 10 year Sarasota anniversary in March, 2015. In 2019, the race moved from it's perfect March date to October due to road construction issues.
That was a rough change because October in Florida is still super hot and humid. Severe storms the day before the event forced race management to reduce the half marathon to a 10K. I enjoyed the 10K, and the after party was as good as ever, but there were a lot of disappointed runners. I'm sorry the race series ended on a bad note.
I'll keep my fingers crossed that a new race comes to Sarasota soon. We're gonna miss this race!
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Feb. 24-25, 2024