Running Through the Gardens

srq half marathon 2 -resizedThe 2nd edition of the Sarasota Music Half Marathon course will include a loop through Selby Gardens and West of the Trail neighborhoods. This is the only race in Sarasota that includes Selby Gardens or West of the Trail communities.

The race, which benefits 25 community based non-profits, will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 starting at 7 a.m. The race, considered a ‘Signature Event’ by the city and county, is a 13.1 mile ‘moving party.’ It kicks off in front of Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, continues over the Ringling Bridge, around St. Armands Circle before heading back through downtown and the Selby Botanical Gardens with the final leg taking taking runners back along Mound to the finish at Van Wezel for a post-race brunch and dance party.

The inaugural Sarasota Music Half Marathon saw 1,200 people registered on race day for 2016, a full year in advance and organizers expect to increase the field to 3,000.

People can enter to run or walk the Sarasota Music Half Marathon at