Music on the Move

sarasota-music-half-marathonWhen a 65-piece high school marching band and flag team lines the Ringling Bridge on Feb. 8, 2015, we don’t “got trouble in River City,” as Professor Harold Hill claims. What we’ll have is the Sarasota Music Half Marathon, the first citywide moving music festival. From high school marching bands to rock, country, soul and hip hop, participants and spectators will hear 16 local bands throughout the race course. Selby Gardens will host a “run through the grounds” at Mile 10, including a special Selby Spectator Zone and entertainment by the Booker High School Jazz band.

Local organizers John Korff, Tony Driscoll and Molly Jackson designed the event to involve the community, feature local talent, and support local non-profits. With more than 1000 participants currently registered and a cap of 2,000, they predict a sellout. “It’s great to see such widespread support and interest and we look forward to showcasing Sarasota’s music and cultural diversity to participants and spectators every step of the way,” Korff says.

Billed as a Sarasota Signature Event, the race and course will start and finish at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The “13.1 Mile Moving party” will feature more bands, entertainment, and along-the-route activities than any other half marathon in the country.

To register or obtain more information, visit Sarasotahalf.com.