The 2013 Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will feature a different kind of race off the track: a half marathon.
The Central Florida Sports Commission and Daytona International Speedway will host the fifth annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon just one week before the 55th running of "The Great American Race" – the Daytona 500.
Scheduled for Sunday, February 17, 2013, the half marathon will start at 6:30 am, just hours after the Daytona Shootout finishes up under the lights on Saturday night, and lead into DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger on Sunday afternoon. Previously held in October, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon's move to February means there will be no race in 2012. The integration of the race into Budweiser Speedweeks will allow organizers to further incorporate the racing theme into the already unique event.
Each runner will receive a race-themed tech shirt, finisher's medal, post-race party, and a ticket to Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger. Included in the Daytona 500 Qualifying ticket is access to Sprint Fanzone which provides an up-close look inside the NASCAR garage and inspection areas as teams prepare for the race. Photo opportunities with race cars and other NASCAR-related items will be available before, during and after the race.
Registration is now open, with the advanced entry fee for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon set at $75 per person. Travel packages are also available online, which include race entry, hotel and other exclusive perks. Travel packages are available, starting at just $190 per person. The half marathon is open to runners and walkers, at least 12 years of age or older, who can complete the course in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes.
For more information about the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, visit www.daytonabeachhalf.com.