WIN a Free Entry to the Allstate Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon 2013!

I’ve been keeping some exciting news to myself for the past week: I’m officially running the Allstate Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon on November 10th!

This will be my first half marathon and it goes right through my neighborhood and then along Fort Lauderdale beach, so I can train on the actual course which is a nice benefit.


I’m so excited and the best part:

Someone is going to get to run this half marathon with me for FREE!

U.S. Road Sports, the team behind the Allstate 13.1 Race Series, is generously providing a free race entry for myself and one blog reader.

To my readers in South Florida, you know how gorgeous Fort Lauderdale beach is:

Fort Lauderdale Beach

(Image Credit: TripAdvisor)

And to my readers outside of South Florida: it’s time to experience my beautiful, sunny city first hand!

According to the race website the average temperature on race day is between 62*F and 75*F – so in other words, absolutely perfect!

The race starts at 6:35am which is basically right when the sun rises in Fort Lauderdale. I often start my weekend runs at this time and I can tell you there is nothing like watching the sunrise over the beach.


(image credit: Zielinski Photography)

While the race is mostly along the beach, this year the course has been modified to include more running along the Las Olas area (my neighborhood! whoot!) and Downtown Fort Lauderdale – including the Henry Kinney Tunnel. (see the course map)

Having run a 5K earlier this year that took me through the tunnel I can tell you first hand it is so much fun going through it!

Everyone yells and cheers and all you hear are the loud echoes of happy runners. It makes the somewhat steep incline feel less like death and more like fun!

This race is going to be awesome and I’m incredibly happy that it will be my first half! I really hope you’ll enter the contest to join me and earn some awesome race bling:


(image credit: Allstate Fort Lauderdale Marathon Website)

I’m making the entry process really easy:

Just leave a comment below telling me why you want to win the FREE entry.

On August 7th I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner.

Let me know if you have any questions about the race, entering the giveaway or accommodations. I know many of my readers live outside of Fort Lauderdale and I would be happy to provide suggestions for hotels, restaurants and anything else you’re wondering about.

U.S. Road Sports has generously offered me free entry into the Allstate Fort Lauderdale half marathon in exchange for my posts about the race and hosting a reader giveaway. All comments and opinions are my own.


  1. Lori Deyoe
    July 30, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    I’ve never been to Florida! It would be an awesome running experience!

    • July 31, 2013 / 1:15 am

      Thanks for entering Lori! I am soooo beyond inspired by your goal to run 13 half marathons in 2013! I’ll be randomly drawing the winner on August 7th based on comment #. Good luck and be sure to check back on the 7th to see if you won!

  2. Brandy Corrales
    July 30, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    I would love to win because my best friend is running this and it will be her first half marathon and my cousin is running this too. I miss Ft. Lauderdale so much can’t wait to hopefully move back in two years!

    • July 31, 2013 / 1:14 am

      Hey Brandy, that’s awesome! None of my friends like to run … I need to make some cooler friends 🙂 I’ll be randomly drawing a winner on August 7th based on comment #. Good luck and be sure to check back on the 7th to see if you won!

  3. Jillian Bennett
    July 30, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    I would love to run this Half this year. I volunteered at it last year and it was a great event! In case you pick me I will be training for it with Friends in Training in Fort Lauderdale.

    • July 31, 2013 / 1:13 am

      Hey Jillian, very cool! I just saw someone wearing a Friends in Training t-shirt in my condo complex yesterday – I had not heard of it before. I need to check it out! I’ll be randomly drawing a winner on August 7th based on comment #. Good luck and be sure to check back on the 7th to see if you won!

  4. Helen McKenzie
    July 30, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    Because I can walk to the start line from my house!

    • July 31, 2013 / 1:09 am

      Hey Helen, it sounds like you and I must be neighbors 🙂 I’ll be randomly drawing the winner based on comment #. Be sure to check back on August 7th to see if you won!

  5. Leah LaBarge
    July 30, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    Winning this would be so stellar for so many reasons!!

    1. It’s 10 days before my 21st birthday! I’m not much of a party girl, so this would be a fun “party” alternative. *< 🙂 <- – Party hat! LOL
    2. It would be my first half marathon! How cool is that?!? Another item crossed off my Bucket List!
    3. South Florida is my hometown, Boca Raton specifically. I try to visit as often as possible (I'm away at college), so this would be a great excuse to do so! ;D
    Keepin' my fingers crossed!
    XOXO, Leah

    • July 31, 2013 / 1:08 am

      Hi Leah! Ahh a half marathon sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your 21st birthday – who needs alcohol when you can have endorphins! I’ll be randomly drawing a winner based on comment #. Be sure to check back on August 7th to see if you won!

  6. Natalie
    July 30, 2013 / 8:23 pm

    I would love to join you on your first half marathon because I think the fact that you’re tackling it is impressive. I have only run two halfs before, and the last one was two years ago, so I’m overdue to get myself in training and join you on your personal historic journey. I live in Naples, so I’ve been looking for a run on the other coast to see how your sunsets differ from mine. 🙂 I’d be happy to come over and train with you a bit as well – and as for running, we can run at our own pace if you prefer, or if you want company the whole way, I will do my best to keep up with you!

    • July 31, 2013 / 1:07 am

      Hi Natalie! How funny, I was actually planning to run the Rocktoberfest 10 Miler in Naples before this opportunity came about. I’ll be randomly drawing the winner based on comment # – good luck! Be sure to check back on Aug 7th to see if you won!

  7. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running
    July 30, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    So cool they’re giving away an entry! I’d def do it but it’s the day of my full!

  8. Christi Rice
    July 31, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    I ran my first half in Nashville in April and would love to run this one to see how I have improved. Plus it’s right in my neighborhood 🙂 Good luck to you in your training – your dedication is impressive!

    • August 6, 2013 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks so much Christi! Good luck – check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won 😉

  9. krissy murphy
    July 31, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    Id love to run this race because I’m going to Ft Lauderdale for the first time in Sept for coach training and would love to come back for more run fun 🙂

    • August 6, 2013 / 9:55 pm

      Yay, so excited to hear that you’re going to do coach training! You are going to be an awesome run coach! 🙂

  10. Colleen Duffy
    August 6, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    That is so cool that they are giving you a free entry to give away. I would love to run a half marathon in Ft. Lauderdale, it looks gorgeous!

  11. OneLittleBecca
    August 7, 2013 / 2:05 am

    its been a long time since i have been to fort lauderdale! it’d be nice to go back!