This is part of a series of posts about my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states.  Florida was my 8th state.

I ran the Naples Daily News Half Marathon in January 2007.  I chose this race for my one in Florida for a couple of different reasons.  At the time, my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law had recently bought a winter house in Naples and had invited us down for a visit. Also, we (my husband's parents and my family) were all planning a vacation together in Hawaii the following fall and would be bringing our daughter who would be almost 2 when we flew to Hawaii.  I wanted to see how she would do on an airplane before we flew all the way to Hawaii.  Since this race was in January, it would be a nice respite from the cold weather where we lived.  Finally, I purposefully did not choose a Disney race because the huge crowds at their races and super-early start did not appeal to me.  I think Disney is fine for family vacations just not for a race, but I know plenty of people love their races so I may be in the minority on that one.  My verdict:  the Naples Half Marathon is a fun, not overly-crowded race in a perfect location for those from colder climes looking for a break from winter weather.

From my post-race notes:

"Ran through wealthy neighborhoods with huge multi-million dollar homes and had views of the water.  Flat and nice.  Good early start so didn't get too hot.   The shirt and medal were cute and of good quality.  A clergyman at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church was outside the church blessing runners passing by with holy water, which was quite interesting.  My finish time was 2:01:09."

www.napleshalfmarathon.net

Find other race reports from my 50 states quest plus other posts on travel at my blog, runningtotravel.wordpress.com, where this was originally posted.

Published by Donna Stefanick