New this year, the event also included a Lap the Track fun run, presented by the Florida Department of Transportation, and a Kids Race. Nearly 200 participated in the Lap the Track, presented by Florida Department of Transportation, which gave runners the opportunity to experience all the sights and sounds of Budweiser Speedweeks with one lap (approximately 2.2 miles) around the Daytona International Speedway. More than 30 kids, ages 11 years and younger, took part in the Kids Races with distances ranging from 100 to 400 yards. Combining all three races, more than 1,700 runners took park in the festivities today. With approximately an additional 2,200 spectators in attendance, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, and the additional races, are expected to generate a significant impact for Volusia County. Initial estimates indicate that the event will result in over 800 room nights and nearly $1 million in economic impact for the County. “The Daytona Beach Half Marathon is a key part of the Sports Commission’s strategy to grow sports tourism in Volusia County,” said John Bisignano, Central Florida Sports Commission President/CEO. “It starts with a high performance team - Jim Dinneen & his Volusia County team, Joie Chitwood & the Daytona International Speedway team and the Central Florida Sports Commission team. It continues with a unique product - home of ‘The Great American Race’ and ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’ and finishes with a focused effort to bring more high quality and unique events that drive economic value for Volusia County.”
Complete results can be found at the Dayton Beach Half Marathon website, www.daytonabeachhalf.com or at www.altavistasports.com. The date for the 2015 Daytona Beach Half Marathon will be released in the coming weeks. For real time updates and news, like the race on Facebook @Daytona Beach Half Marathon or follow on twitter @daytonahalf. Image attached of Half Marathon finish line. Tickets for all Budweiser Speedweeks At Daytona events are also available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.
About CFSC: The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. The Sports Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Central Florida including the SPORTYS, Breakfast of Champions and the Daytona Beach Half Marathon. For more information, please visit www.centralfloridasports.org.