ATLANTIC CITY – Over the past 53 years, the Atlantic City Marathon has become an Atlantic City icon as the third oldest marathon in the United States, this race annually attracts thousands from all 50 states and internationally.
The 54th Annual Atlantic City Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2012 on the Boardwalk in front of Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
Close to 4,500 runners will participate in the entire weekend of events including a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon, as well as, a one-mile kid’s fit final mile.
Official sponsors of the Atlantic City Marathon include Shore Medical Center, 95.1 WAYV, the Milton & Betty Katz JCC, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa, Spirit Airlines, Steve & Cookies by the Bay, Revel, Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood, Michelob Ultra, Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, PowerBar, Resorts Casino & Hotel, The Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City Weekly, AtlantiCare and Just4Wheels.
Shore Medical Center will be sponsoring a 5K and 10K on Saturday, October 20 where runners will race down the boardwalk being cheered on by hundreds of spectators, family and friends.
The 5K and 10K will start at 9 a.m.
The Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 21 with a start time of 8 a.m. The Marathon Runners will run a 26.2 mile certified course that strategically travels through the scenic streets of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport, beginning and ending on the beautiful boardwalk of Atlantic City.
Along the route runners may add a little pep to their steps while spectators shake a little more than just their hands while they listen to a variety of live bands and disc jockeys throughout the entire race weekend.
With the aim to increase the Atlantic City Marathon’s popularity local radio station 95.1 WAYV and its sister stations are helping to promote the race weekend by hosting a variety of music throughout the race route on Sunday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The weekend also consists of a two-day Sports & Fitness Expo beginning on Friday, October 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, October 20 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino at Park Place and the Boardwalk located in the Grand Ballroom on the 6th floor.
Sports and Fitness exhibitors from all over the country will sell and display their merchandise including sneakers, fitness clothing, energy bars and more, as well as, informational and educational exhibitors promoting a cause or addressing a sports related injury.
CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will be sponsoring a timed one-mile Kids Fit Final Mile on Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m. on the boardwalk. Sign-ups for the Kids Fit Final Mile will be at the Expo center on the 6th floor of the Bally’s Casino.
Adding to the fun of the day and racing in the Kids Fit Final Mile will be area celebrity Mascots including Cha Cha the Frog from Rainforest Cafe, Pete the Lighthouse Pirate from the Cape May Lewis Ferry, Seaweed the Sea Turtle from the Ocean Life Center in Atlantic City, Super Can from the ACUA, Clifford the Big Red Dog from the Milton & Betty Katz JCC “Camp by the Sea”, Comfy the Bear from South Jersey Industries, and from the Cape May Police Department Scruff McGruff and Eddie the Eagle.
Proceeds from the Kits Fit Final Mile will go directly to the efforts of CASA to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system to ensure the children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Finisher’s Village will be open to runners located at Dennis Courtyard at the Boardwalk in front of Bally’s Casino and Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood.
On Saturday, October 20 there will be a pre-race dinner at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All runners are required to register for the dinner and tickets are required.
For more information on the Atlantic City Marathon visit www.acmarathon.org.