The 2012 Hooters Half Marathon, Presented by the OMNI Club, is set to take place on March 4, 2012, at 7 a.m.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Hooters Restaurants and The Fort Myers Track Club have teamed up to organize this race for the fight against cancer. The proceeds of the race benefit The Moffitt Cancer Center and Barbara's Friends, Southwest Florida Childrens Hospital Cancer Fund.

This event has raised more than $82,000 since its inception. In 2011, more than 1,000 runners participated in the race. It is anticipated that 1,300 will run the course this year. The Hooters Half Marathon can be run individually or as a Two-Person Relay Team, with each team member running approximately one-half of the race.

The Certified 13.2 Mile Course will be identical to the set up from prior years.

The race starts at Hooters Restaurant on Cleveland Avenue, proceeds west on Colonial Boulevard to McGregor Boulevard, through the beautiful neighborhoods along the Caloosahatchee River, then continues through the Downtown River District, over the Edison Bridge, and back. The race then proceeds past City of Palms Park, and continues south to the Edison Mall and back to Hooters Restaurant.

All finishers receive a custom Finishers Medallion and all participants receive a specially designed technical T-shirt and goodie bag. The Finish Line Awards Party at Hooters immediately following the race features live music, free beverages, and world famous Hooters chicken wings. The featured band this year is One Night Rodeo.

The 2012 Hooters Half Marathon is presented by The OMNI Club. The sponsors of this year's race include Pepsi Cola, Val Ward Cadillac, BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company, Bank of America, RunFlorida, The Hooters Calendar, Florida Hospitality Mutual Insurance Company, Prism Aesthetics, Michelob Ultra, Welker Harris & Company CPA's, Bernardo Injury Law, The Edison Mall, A. Kagan Orthopedics, The Bagel Factory, Starbucks, Artype, D&K Harvesting, GCHHI Port-o-Lets, Cheney Brothers, Personalabs, Richard M. Marchewka, Attorney at Law, emcc webdesign, RoadID, Lee County Sports Authority, and The City of Ft. Myers.

Entry forms are available at all area Hooters Restaurants, The OMNI Club, and RunFlorida. For more information or to enter on-line, please go to or

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