On Sunday, November 3rd Miami Running Fitness Examiner Lynn Smythe participated in the 13th annual Sun-Capital Half Marathon in Boca Raton. The 13.1 mile race, presented by Sun-Capital Partners, started and finished at Spanish River Park off A1A.
The event was hosted by The Runners’ Edge Foundation, a 501-C3 non-profit organization and a member of the Road Runners Club of America. Advanced registration and packet pickup for the race took place at The Runner’s Edge store on 3195 N Federal Highway in Boca.
Race Supports Local Charity
The event benefits the Boca Police Athletic League (PAL). The Boca P.A.L. is a non-profit charity organization benefiting youth in the community between the ages of 9 and 18.
According to the organizations website, “The Boca Raton Police Athletic League has played a major role in the positive development of many of its youth participants. As a result, of their involvement with PAL, a number of the youngsters have experience improvements academically and athletically. This has led to scholarship awards to private middle schools and high schools as well as college and universities.”
Free Pancake Breakfast and Other Goodies
The Boca Raton Sunset Rotary Club sponsored a pancake breakfast at the start/finish line in Spanish River Park. The breakfast was free to all participants. Parking was also free for anyone parking inside the park doing the event.
- Boca Raton’s only half marathon
- Course runs over A1A Bridge to Deerfield Beach
- New 2013 course
- Personalized bibs with name if registered by 10/3
- Awards to top 3 overall, top masters and 3 deep awards in 5 year age groups
- Award top police M/F in both races
- Over $1,000 in raffle prizes
Run Lynn Run
This was the second year Lynn participated in the half marathon. She used the race as a training event for the Dopey Challenge she's racing in January at the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Florida. Daylight savings time was the night before, so the 6:30 am starting time didn't seem quite so early as it got lighter earlier than normal. South Florida experienced a bit of a cool front on Sunday and it was only about 70 degrees at the start line, a nice change from the normal high heat and humidity of a typical south Florida day.
It was a great day for a run! There were plenty of volunteers and water stops spread throughout the course. Parking was free for all runners parking inside Spanish River Park (normally $18 on the weekends). The course ran along the beach on A1A in Boca, with a brief portion going through one of Boca's many lovely neighborhoods. The course continued up and over the Boca Inlet bridge by Camino Real Blvd before turning around at the half way point in Deerfield Beach.
All runners got their choice of either a long-sleeved or short sleeved t-shirt and if they registered by October 3rd had the option of getting their name printed on their racing bib number. Race finishers also got a very big and blingy medal and a dozen freshly made Krispy Kreme doughnuts.