Marty O’Malley has been involved with L’Arche since 1976 and the race director since the beginning.
‘We have a great core committee that makes this race a success.’
The banktrust First Light Marathon will be held in Mobile, AL in the USA.
This is the 9th year, The race was begun as a way to promote L’Arche Mobile, a christian community that shares life with people with an intellectual disablity. This was also a way to try to raise money for L’Arche and to promote the city of Mobile.
The first 10 miles are flat, then there is a gradual incline with a challenging hill at mile 17.5 that is 200 feet in 1/4 mile. From there it is a gradual decline.
We will attract over 1500 people for all four events, we have many first time marathoners and a number of 50 staters (runners on their way to run 50 marathons in the 50 states).
Yes we have a 13.1 mile run, a 5 person relay and a 1.2 mile run. We are walker and race walker friendly as well.
Our lows can be from the mid 30’s (°F) to the low 50’s (1 to 10°C), our highs could be in the mid 50’s to the mid 70’s (10 to 21°C).
Yes we have an expo, a pre race meal with live music on Saturday. On Sunday we have a concert with about 5 different bands for about 5 1/2 hours plus we have lunch for the participants.
We have a number of local retaurants, we have fantastic beaches with white sand and blue water. We also have many historic homes and a number of gardens worth seeing.
Great value that includes 2 meals, 20 water stops, live music saturday, concert on sunday, hand decorated medallions by the residents of L’Arche and over 4500 people on the course for support.