The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Road Race Consultants are proud to be organizers of the inaugural Panama City Beach Marathon. Set for Saturday, December 5, 2015, the 26.2 mile race has been certified as a qualifier for the coveted Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016. The marathon is sponsored by the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Centennial Bank, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Innovations Federal Credit Union, and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
Due to the persistent popularity and demand for the Panama City Beach Chamber’s prior event, Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon and 5K, the addition of the full-marathon and renaming of the event to the Panama City Beach Marathon was anticipated.
“We are excited at the rate Run for the Redfish has evolved,” Beach Chamber President/CEO, Lance Allison, stated. “This growth aligns us with the Panama City Beach CVB in their efforts to attract more visitors during the shoulder season. Marathon runners are serious about their sport and typically have the financial means to have a significant impact on our members businesses.”
The new partnership between the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Road Race Consultants is a tremendous opportunity for both organizations. “The Panama City Beach Marathon will showcase our beautiful coast and bring communities together,” Co-Race Director, Amy Mann, says. “The marathon will attract runners from across the nation and allow them to challenge themselves and compete in a very desirable coastal destination.”
While many details remain to be released, the Panama City Beach Marathon will give running fanatics the opportunity to test their limits while running alongside the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The Panama City Beach Marathon will comprise the 13.1 mile half-marathon and 5K races as a result of the merging and renaming of Run for the Redfish.
Event details and schedule
EARLY PACKET PICKUP
Packet Pick Up will take place December 4th at DICK's Sporting Goods in Pier Park North.
15700 Park Hill Cir #400, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 / (850) 238-3322
Time: 12:00 noon – 6 PM
RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP
Race Day Packet Pick Up will take place Saturday December 5th, 2015 at Jimmy Buffett’s
Margaritaville Main Deck located at Pier Park.
16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 / 850-235-7870.
Time: 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
All runners will receive t-shirt & timing chip when packets are picked up.
We strongly urge you to pick up Friday if possible to avoid delays on race day.
Full Marathon will start at 7:00 AM Sharp, December 5th, 2015!
(Start/Finish Line is located just a few yards north of Margaritaville on Pier Park Drive in front of As Seen On TV. Look for Start/Finish Line Arch and listen for DJ Markie Mark)
Half Marathon will start at 7:30 AM Sharp, December 5th, 2015!
5K will start at 8:30 AM Sharp, December 5th, 2015!
Kid’s Fun Run will start at 10:00 AM, December 5th, 2015!
Staging area will be north of start/finish line.
Awards will start at the Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Main Stage at 10:30 AM.
10:30AM: 5K Awards
11:00AM: Half Marathon Awards
11:30AM: Full Marathon Awards
Full Marathon is a certified course and Boston Marathon Qualifier. Codes TBA.
Half Marathon is a certified course. Code TBA.
All Full and Half Marathon Finishers will receive a medal at the finish line. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each division. Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K Overall Finishing awards will be given as well.
Kids Fun Run participants will receive a participation ribbon.
Marathon - Water and/or Gatorade will be on course at mile markers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11-25 and Start/Finish Line. GU Energy gel will be available.
Half Marathon - Water and/or Gatorade will be on course at mile markers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9-12 and Start/Finish Line.
Start/Finish Line will have Water and Fruit for Runners.
Signs will be posted every mile starting with mile 1 and for 5K / Half Marathon / Full Marathon turn-around points. Course is an out and back.
Bay Medical EMS will have Bike EMT’s on course during race and EMS available at Start/Finish Line for runners in need of assistance.
Porta-Potties: Full Marathon will have portalets approximately every 6 miles on course at turn point. Half Marathon will have a portalet at the turn-around.
Course is not closed to traffic, so be careful and always be aware, you will be running with the flow of traffic. Traffic is minimal this time of year but is always out there.
Bay County Sheriff’s Department and Panama City Beach Police Department will be on course for your needs as well.
Course will close on a rolling schedule. Entire course shuts down at 1:00 PM Sharp! (6 hour time limit for Full Marathon)
AFTER PARTY AT MARGARITAVILLE
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville will supply complimentary Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and Land Shark Draft beer. Beer for Runners ONLY at finish of race. Must show bib number to enter designated area. Beer provided to runners 21 years of age or older, of course!
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville will open to the public at 10:30 AM and will offer runners, friends and family 15% off menu items and merchandise.
Online Registration will close December 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 PM.
You may still register in person at the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce through Friday, December 4th if space permits.
There is NO RACE DAY registration!
Once again, congratulations on participating in the inaugural Panama City Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K race, and thank you for supporting the Wounded Warrior Retreat and the Panama City Beach Chamber Education Fund! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
We can be reached via EMAIL or at packet pick up locations: Catherine@PCBeach.org.
PCB Marathon Staff
Panama City Beach Marathon