The 2013 Hooters Half Marathon is set for Mar. 3 at 7 a.m.
The Omni Club will serve as presenting sponsor of the event. This is the sixth consecutive year that Hooters Restaurants and the Fort Myers Track Club have teamed up to organize the race in support of the fight against cancer. Proceeds from the race will benefit The Moffitt Cancer Center and Barbara's Friends - Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund.
Since its inception the event has raised more than $120,000. In 2012, more than 1,000 runners participated in the race. It is anticipated that 1,300 participants will run the course this year. The Hooters Half Marathon can be run individually or as a 2-person relay team, with each team member running approximately one-half of the race.
The certified 13.1 mile course will be identical to the set-up from prior years. The race starts at Hooters Restaurant on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers, proceeds west on Colonial Blvd. to McGregor Blvd., through the beautiful neighborhoods along the Caloosahatchee River, then continues through the Downtown River District, over the Edison Bridge and back. The race then proceeds past City of Palms Park, and continues south to the Edison Mall and back to Hooters Restaurant. All finishers receive a custom Finishers Medallion and all participants receive a specially designed technical t-shirt and goodie bag. The "Finish Line Awards Party" at Hooters immediately following the race will feature live music, complimentary beverages and the world famous Hooters chicken wings.
In addition to The Omni Club's presenting sponsorship, sponsors of this year's race include Pepsi Cola, Scanlon Lexus and Scanlon Acura of Fort Myers, BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company, Bank of America, RunFlorida, Better Buildings, Inc., Collins Vision, FineMark National Bank and Trust, The Hooters Calendar, FHM Insurance Company, Michelob Ultra, Welker Harris & Company CPA's, The Edison Mall, A. Kagan Orthopedics, The Bagel Factory, Starbucks, Artype, D&K Harvesting, GCHHI Port-o-Lets, Cheney Brothers, emcc webdesign, RoadID, Lee County Sports Authority and The City of Fort Myers.
Entry forms will be available at all area Hooters Restaurants, The OMNI Club, and RunFlorida. For more information or to register on-line, please visit hootershalfmarathon.com or ftmyerstrackclub.com.