Lauderdale-By-The-Sea welcomed over 700 runners in the 2019 A1A Marathon bright and early Sunday morning, with the first bike on El Mar at 6:30 and the first runner at 7:00 a.m. The race started in downtown Ft. Lauderdale east to the beach and then north to the turn-around at Hillsboro Inlet.

They were at the 10 mile mark the first time through Town, and then they were in their 20th mile when they returned. This is the 13th year for the annual event that is normally held on President’s Weekend, so there are many runners from across the US that participate in this “warm weather” and Sunday morning’s 78 degree weather was a welcomed vacation for many!

Last year 7.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017. It’s not the place to set world records, though:  race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for the fastest times, and the warm weather can slow most runners down considerably – especially those not well acclimated to the weather.