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October 25, 2012 – Gulf Shores, Alabama - The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission has announced that 2004 Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist and BP sponsored athlete, Meb Keflezighi will be a part of the fifth annual Kaiser Realty, Inc. Coastal Half Marathon on November 24, 2012. A member of the New York Athletic Club and one of the United States’ most notable long distance runners, Keflezighi will be a part of the pre-race and post-race festivities.
Moving to the United States from Africa at the age of 12, Keflezighi found his skills in running and endurance sports much later than most. Realizing his potential in junior high school, Keflezighi won both the 1600 and 3200 meter track races for his San Diego based high school in 1994 before attended the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Having won four NCAA titles during the 1996-97 season while at UCLA, Keflezighi went on to become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1998. Extending his career distance from 10,000 meter to the marathon, Keflezighi has gained notoriety for winning on some of running’s most hailed stages.
Held each year on the Saturday morning following Thanksgiving, the Kaiser Realty, Inc. Coastal Half Marathon, 5K and 1-mile fun run is both the RRCA State Championship Half Marathon race as well as RRCA 5K State Championship Race, bringing the top runners from the state to the beautiful city of Orange Beach. Designed with natural surroundings and a flat, yet challenging course, race participants are taken through the backcountry trail and along Perdido Beach Boulevard past the Gulf State Park Pavilion during the 13.1 mile stretch. Participants in the 5K and 1-mile fun run will share in the beauty of the back country trail as they race an out and back selection of trails, proving quick and fast; perfect for a personal best at either distance.
The race festivities kick off on Friday, November 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with packet pick-up and late race registration at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. All race participants are invited to take part in a Q&A session and race briefing beginning 4:00 p.m. Race participants will receive a technical race t-shirt as well as Hammer Nutrition Products and coupons to area businesses within their race packets.
Participants in the Half-Marathon will be supplied Hammer Gels and electrolyte drinks at the water stations around mile markets 4.5, 8 and 11.
Post-race festivities will include a catered buffet presented by local chefs from E.A.T. in Orange Beach and will also include water, sodas and adult beverages for those with eligible race credentials. A children’s activity area is being introduced this year to entertain the families as they come out to support their loved one running. Rotolo’s Pizza has also sponsored this year’s event and will be on site to sell food to the families.
The Kaiser Realty, Inc. Half Marathon, 5K and 1 mile race courses are official USATF certified distances.
For more information on the Kaiser Realty, Inc. Coastal Half Marathon, 5K and 1-mile fun run, or to register for the event, please visit www.Team-Magic.com.
For information on booking your race accommodations, please visit www.KaiserRealty.com to view a full selection of beach condos and vacation homes. Looking to be paired with the perfect property for the marathon weekend? Call (800) 225-4853 to speak with a caring Reservation Specialist today.
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