The first Run to Margaritaville hosted by Margaritaville Sports & Recreation kicked off on October 30th, 2016 in Pensacola, Florida! The 5K and half marathon courses started and finished at the Gulfside Pavilion, providing sweeping Gulf of Mexico views on a perfect October day! The courses were flat and fast, and competitive runners, novices and walkers all took part – whether to work towards a personal record or to just enjoy the breathtaking scenery at their own pace. Participants were also invited to dress up in their best island attire to celebrate the Halloween weekend spirit. Not to leave out those that couldn’t make it to the event, a unique virtual 5K or half marathon experience was also offered. Virtual participants could complete the event where ever they liked and then had their medals sent to them in the mail. The virtual races encompass the concept of your race, your place, your pace!
After crossing the finish line, the FIN began at the post-race tailgate experience at LandShark Landing Beach Bar, located next to the Margaritaville Beach Hotel. There, participants received a buffet breakfast and celebratory LandShark Lager while enjoying live music and other drink specials. All participants also received a custom finisher’s medal and and a unique 24-ounce Tervis tumbler. In addition to a portion of the proceeds benefiting Team Red, White, and Blue, a representative from the organization was onsite to answer questions and sign up members. Team Red, White, and Blue is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.