Ask any runner, and they’ll tell you that fall is the best season. That’s especially true if you’re a runner in the Southeast, where it’s hot and humid nearly year-round. One of the finest fall races happens in Naples, Florida, this fall. If you want to get a good race in before the end of the year, you could do a lot worse than the Naples Classic Fall Half Marathon, happening on November 24th in 2019, at Sugden Park. This classic is the fifth stop on the South Florida Half Marathon Tour, and it will provide scenic views, trails filled with the beauty of nature, and a refreshing path near the waterfront.
Naples is a beautiful city with much to do. If you’re coming from out of town, you should make a trip out of it. Making a mini vacation is easy to do when you stay at one of the noted Naples Beach resort and spa offerings in the area. With lots of culture, art, and fabulous beaches — as well as ideal Florida temperatures in November — Naples is a great city for this classic marathon.
The Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon and 5k both offer a course through trails with bridges and waterfront views. Showcasing the newly completed Isles of Collier Preserve neighborhood and Sugden Regional Park, the run ends in front of the lakefront stadium amphitheater. At the finish, cheering fans from friends and family reward the efforts of the runners.
Also on the pathways of Sugden Regional Park, the 5K will offer views of Lake Avalon, in a course that winds through areas of shade and woods. It finishes at the amphitheater and can be walked or run.
The race begins at 7 AM, with Award Ceremonies at 8 AM for the 5k and 9:50 AM for the half marathon.
Entrants will receive the following:
- Tech shirt
- Finish medal
- Finish video
- Free photo
- Live results
Runners for both races can register here.
Parking and more
Sugden Park offers ample parking. The park is located close to US-41 (Tamiami Trail) and is close to the Naples Botanical Garden.
Where to Stay
A good choice for a hotel for this event is located in Bonita Springs, not far from the Sugden. With 4.5 stars, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa offers something for everyone, including a lazy river and four waterslides. You might want to take advantage of the spa services, especially if you are running in the half marathon and need to relax and unwind. Others will just enjoy an array of services.
Lovers Key Resort is another fun option. Located on a small, “almost private island,” Lovers Key offers amazing waterfront views from its well-appointed suites. It’s also a value-driven experience, providing in-suite kitchens to save money on dining.
Attractions in the Area
You can plan a day outdoors that includes guided paddle-boarding or kayak tours, wave running, or a romantic sunset cruise. A ferry can also take you to a nearby island.
Some of the places to see for outdoor recreation and beauty include:
- Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park
- Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
- J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
- Koreshan State Park
Naples is approximately 100 miles from Everglades National Park, so a tour there might be on your recreation list.
For the arts, visit:
- Artis – Naples
- Edison-Ford Winter Estates
- Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW
You can also catch the Southwest Florida Symphony or enjoy performances and concerts at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
You’ll have a great time at the Naples Classic Fall Half Marathon, with much to do while in the Paradise Coast!
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