Florida > Race for Research Half Marathon & 5K
Port St. Lucie, FL • Saturday, March 23, 2013 • Course Map
A race designed to raise both funds and awareness of the mission of Port St. Lucie's Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies -- a research center dedicated to studying the causes of diseases like Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and many others -- the Race for Research Half Marathon & 5K makes its fourth annual running in the spring of 2013.
Following a 2012 run that saw nearly 1,000 runners cross the finish line in both races combined, the race like last year will take runners on an out-and-back route that starts and finishes near the camps of the Torrey Pines Institute, located just off Southwest Village Parkway in the community development known as Tradition, a mixed-use neighborhood development that has garnered the attention of HGTV, which selected it as the site of its Green Home 2009.
From the Institute, runners then head out on what is a nearly all flat course through Tradition's residential streets and neighborhoods, starting out first with a two-mile out-and-back stretch along Tradition Parkway, followed by a turn to the left onto Community Boulevard, which starts the stretch that takes runners through the development all the way up to the turnaround point on Commerce Centre Drive, just past the mile 8 marker.
Once runners hit the turnaround, they then head southward along the route they've just run for the next three miles. When they meet up with Newberry Avenue along Westcliffe Lane, the route then turns left and heads southward through more neighborhood streets until meeting back up again with Village Parkway, which brings runners back in toward the Institute for the race finish.
Thanks largely to its southern Florida location, the race offers one of the best opportunities to record personal record times for the half marathon, as it's virtually all flat from start to finish. And for 2011, the Institute's president Dr. Richard A. Houghten ran in the 5K and donated $50 toward research at the institute for every runner who beat his time in the 5K.
Weather & Climate
Located along south Florida's Atlantic coastline, just over 110 miles north of Miami and about 125 miles southeast of Orlando, the city of Port St. Lucie typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in the early spring, when it also sees its driest weather -- summers here bring plenty of heat and rain.
In March, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 77°F and 58°F -- on the day of the race (March 23), the average high is 78°F and the average low is 61°F -- while rainfall totals average just under 3.7 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Race for Research Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by January 1, 2013
$60 between Jan. 2 - March 22
$75 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2013 running of Port St. Lucie's Race for Research Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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