Volusia County Government and Daytona International Speedway have partnered to schedule the return of the Daytona Beach Half Marathon Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, two weeks prior to the 58th annual DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race.

Registration opens July 1, 2015.

Sponsored by Florida Hospital and Brown and Brown Insurance, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon features a breathtaking course that takes runners from the historic asphalt (flat surface) of Daytona International Speedway to International Speedway Boulevard leading to a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean atop the International Speedway Boulevard highrise bridge to the sparkling, white, hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach and then back to the start/finish line inside the iconic motorsports facility.

“There is no marathon course like ours,” said Jim Dinneen, Volusia County Manager and a longtime marathon enthusiast.  “I’ve run some of the great races in the United States, and none can match the uniqueness of our course that includes the Speedway and the World’s Most Famous Beach.”

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III agreed. “We are excited to partner with Volusia County to host the Daytona Beach Half Marathon,” he said. “The ‘World Center of Racing’ will provide a unique setting for  the start and finish of the race and runners will have the special opportunity to pound the same pavement that will be used by the stars of NASCAR in the DAYTONA 500 just two weeks later.”

The county has hired Running Zone, a well-established company in Cocoa Beach, to administer the race.  A countywide planning committee composed of the county’s tourism advertising authorities, chambers of commerce, cities, local businesses, the county and running enthusiasts is assisting with race planning.

Area marketing and public relations consultant Mike Jiloty, Ormond Beach, has been engaged to sell sponsor packages.  He can be reached at 386-295-0816 or mjiloty@mac.com.

For more information on entrant packets and registration go on-line to: daytonabeachhalf.com.