Marathon still coming to Palm Beach, route same but timing adjusted for tides


The Fitteam Palm Beaches Marathon announced today that Sunday’s race would still go to Palm Beach, just a bit earlier.

Spokesman Gary Ferman said the race will start at 6:15 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. in West Palm Beach and then go to the island to beat the high tide. Ferman said officials expect runners would be off the island by 7:15 a.m.

Originally, runners might have arrived on the island about 15 minutes later.

Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said today that the marathon officials’ plan for runners not to be on the island before 6:15 a.m. and off the island no later than 7:15 is consistent with the hour time-frame the Palm Beach Town Council approved.

Concerns were raised earlier this week if the race should still go to the Lake Trail as planned with the threat of flooding.

Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami, said the highest tide for Palm Beach is expected Sunday at about 7 a.m.

Early Saturday morning, part of the Lake Trail was flooded, but runners and walkers were still using it.

For the first time in its history, a portion of the course is scheduled to run through the island, as runners come over the Henry Flagler Bridge, proceed south on the Lake Trail, along the east bank of the lagoon, to the Royal Park Bridge and back into West Palm Beach.



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