Ocean City Today

Island to Island race kicks off Saturday on Assateague

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 26, 2018

(April 27, 2018) Participants can race from Assateague Island to the Ocean City inlet during the Island to Island half marathon and 5K on Saturday.

OC Tri-Running Sports hosts the 14th annual event, expected to draw more than 6,500 people including 2,200 runners from 34 states.

“It is very unique, because you get dropped off at one island, run through nice country roads, and across the Route 50 bridge,” Chris Klebe of OC Tri-Running, the event organizer, said. “Come back to Ocean City and run on the Boardwalk near the ocean with the crowd cheering and music playing in the background.”

The half-marathon course will start on Assateague Island at 7 a.m. Participants will run along Route 611 to Landings Boulevard, and make a left into the Park and Ride lot in West Ocean City. Runners will travel through West Ocean City and over the Route 50 bridge. Once reaching the Ocean City inlet parking lot, participants will be greeted by family and friends as they complete the last leg of the race. They will run down to Fourth Street, turn around, circle the rides, and cross the finish line in the inlet parking lot.

The 5K will also begin at 7 a.m. in the inlet parking lot with participants heading north, around the pier to the concrete portion on the Boardwalk. They will head up to 16th street, and turn around and come back to where they started.

There is a one-hour time limit for the 5K and a three-hour-and-15-minute time limit for the half marathon.

About 2,400 athletes participated last year, raising $3,500 for Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, as well as $600 for a scholarship that was given to a Stephen Decatur High School student.

“It was very humid last year and we couldn’t do this without the emergency medical services, fire and police,” Klebe said. “Volunteers from Stephen Decatur High and Middle schools, as well as Atlantic General Hospital, Under Armour, the U.S. Coast Guard and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps are great and no way this could happen without their support.”

Men and women who come in first, second and third place in each race will receive awards. The top three men and women in each age group will also win prizes. Half marathon finishers will receive a medal.

A post-race party will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the inlet parking lot and is free to attend. There will be five deejays along the course and at the party. Each participant will receive one food ticket for pizza from the Dough Roller and one beer ticket. Family and friends can also purchase food and beer tickets.

Packet pickup will take place today, Friday, from 1-9 p.m. at the inlet parking lot and will be the last chance for participants to enter. There will be no registration on race day. The half marathon costs $95 or $75 for members of the military; $45 for the 5K.

On Saturday, packet pickup will take place from 5:15-6:15 a.m. and buses will take half marathon runners to Assateague Island. There is a specific schedule for pickup times, which are determined by the runner’s last name.

The race is a fundraiser for Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. Founded in 1975, the organization assists area residents by offering counseling, advocacy, outreach and support with offices in Berlin.

For more information, visit www.octrirunning.com or search “OC Tri Running Sports” on Facebook.

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