Pensacola Double Bridge Run—Run, Sun, Fun and Those Sugar-White Beaches

Where will you be running on Saturday, February 6, 2010? I can tell where you should be—the Double Bridge Run in Pensacola, Florida. There is so much to see and do in Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. In addition to a terrific, well organized, tremendously scenic race, Pensacola offers an ideal winter getaway and great party atmosphere. Your running adventure in Pensacola will go beyond the race itself--explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and the National Seashore. You will experience awesome natural beauty, history, colonial architecture, art, and entertainment. Make plans and take the opportunity for a long vacation weekend in this beautiful region.

This race draws runners of every pace, including some of the best. Currently registered are Amy Rudolph (two-time USA Olympian ('96 and '00), 2006 USA National Champion 10,000 Meters, two-time USA World Cross Country Team (medaled both times), Former USA 5000 Meter Record Holder, two-time Double Bridge Run Champion) and Jennifer Hanley-Pinto (5-time Double Bridge Run Champion (4-time Runner-up), 2005 Santa Rosa Island Triathlon Champion, two-time qualifier Ironman World Championship (Kona, Hawaii). And there will be many more signing up. In this race you can run the same course (on the same bridges) and at the same time as some of our nation's best.

Last year Rudolph, of Providence, Rhode Island, broke her own course record with a new standard of 53:25. Olympian James Carney also set a new record in 2009 with 43:31. Rudolph's husband, Olympian Mark Carroll was second (44:55).

The annual Double Bridge Run offers three options in a beautiful location—the 15K race from Pensacola across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound to the beautiful white sands of Pensacola Beach; the 5K runs from Gulf Breeze to the co-located finish at Pensacola Beach; the 5K walk uses the same course. For the 15K more than half of its 9.3 miles will be over water; and with the 5K walk and run, two thirds of the race will be on those beautiful bridges. And the views are spectacular. This double bridge offers more than double enjoyment.

The Double Bridge Run 15K will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, and picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run across the Pensacola Bay Bridge and through Gulf Breeze; then across Pensacola Beach Boulevard (Bob Sykes Bridge) and onto Pensacola Beach. The 5K invites both runners and walkers to travel from Gulf Breeze to beautiful Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island.

The post-race party will be at Hemingway's at the gorgeous Portofino Boardwalk at Pensacola Beach very close to the finish line.

Two Races and a Walk
The Double Bridge Run 15K will start on South Palofax Street in front of the new DeLuna Park in Downtown Pensacola at 7:00 a.m. It is a USATF-certified 9.3-mile course that begins in the historic district, runs north on Palofax, east on Garden Street, south on Alcaniz Street for a tour of downtown, then east on beautiful Bayfront Parkway, past the Visitors Center at the head of the Bay Bridge, and across the Pensacola Bay Bridge, a.k.a. Three Mile Bridge, to Gulf Breeze. It then merges with the 5K course in Gulf Breeze and crosses the Bob Sikes Bridge to Pensacola Beach. There are gorgeous views all around—a unique running adventure.

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