PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 09, 2017) – Women, and some men, donning bright pink feather boas, puffy tulle tutus, and sparkly tiaras will flood Punta Gorda streets for one day in December when the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Florida West Coast at Punta Gorda hits the streets. Called the “most fun and glam women’s running series in the nation,” the Divas® Running Series returns to Florida with its debut in Punta Gorda on Sunday, Dec. 10. The race is limited to 2,000 runners and as of Nov. 1, more than 800 runners have registered.

“Pink Boas are new fixtures in our office as our staff prepares for the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Florida West Coast at Punta Gorda,” said Lorah Steiner, Director of Tourism for the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau, “We are thrilled The Divas® Running Series selected Punta Gorda for their Florida run and the Charlotte County community is eager to welcome the anticipated 1,700 participants.”

Punta Gorda businesses are gearing up to welcome race participants. In coordination with the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau, a coupon book featuring complimentary and discounted luxuries from more than 25 participating businesses will be given to each participant so they can dine, play, and pamper themselves in diva-style. Examples of offers and discounts in the coupon book include a complimentary glass of bubbly with race gear at F.M. Don’s, free 60ml bottle of olive oil or vinegar with any purchase from Bella Balsamic, and discounts on spa services at Spa One Day Spa and electric bike rentals at PedelecSQB Electric Bicycles.

Registered participants will pick up their packets, including pink tutus and pink women’s-fit tech tees, at the Health & Fitness Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 9, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. (1200 W Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda)

The 5K and half marathon will take place Sunday morning, December 10, 2017. All race finishers will receive a jaw-dropping medal complete with a charm compatible Pandora® bracelets. The Divas® medal will be presented to participants in custom, reusable Divas® jewelry pouches. In addition, Divas will receive women’s fit tech tees, tutus, and bubbly, and will pass the infamous feather boa and tiara station en route to the finish line. Registration is now open and space is limited to the first 2,000 runners. For more information, or to register, visit www.runlikeadiva.com.

About The Divas® Running Series
The Divas® Running Series is a group of female-inspired running events throughout North America consisting of a Health & Fitness Boutique, a 5K road race and a half marathon race and finish line experience. Each of the Divas® events consists of additional activities geared toward women including a boa & tiara station, “bubbly” toast at the finish and fun entertainment along the course. Now in its eighth year, the race series received the highly coveted SportsTravel Award for Best Amateur Series or Circuit in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Event locations include Galveston, TX, North Myrtle Beach, SC, San Francisco Bay, CA, Toronto Island, Canada, Calgary, Canada, Peachtree City, GA, DC’s Wine Country, VA, Long Island, NY, San Juan, PR, Florida West Coast at Punta Gorda and Temecula, CA. For more information, please visit www.runlikadiva.com.

About Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC:
With world-class running events such as the Divas® Running Series and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC is one of the premiere sports management companies in the United States. Robert and Gaby Pozo, founders and managers of Continental, have over 17 years of experience in the race production industry providing unparalleled events to participants and their host communities.

ABOUT PUNTA GORDA / ENGLEWOOD BEACH
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.

CONTACTS:
Jennifer Huber
Tourism Public Relations Manager
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
(941) 743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottecountyfl.gov

Michelle Tomao
Senior Account Executive
Aqua Marketing & Communications
727) 452-4899 or Michelle@welcometoaqua.com