Tuesday, December 4 – Organizer Forced To Scale Back Marathon

OCEAN CITY – Organizers of the annual marathon in Ocean City addressed some of the uncertainties surrounding the event’s future this week with a statement posted on its website.

The event organizer, Extreme Dream Events, released a statement to the media and the public on Monday after The Dispatch published a story last week questioning whether the event would be returning to the Ocean City area for the fourth year in a row.

Extreme Dream Events said this week it would be held in 2008, but it would not be a full marathon. In previous years, the event had served as a qualifier for other larger, metropolitan marathon.

Although no date has been set, the organizers confirmed a half-marathon and 5K would take place sometime next year.

“After much debate, numerous meetings, and sorting through a myriad of possible options, we must cancel the full marathon venue and replace it with a half marathon venue. This change will affect 2008 and maybe 2009. Road construction, possible road construction, bridge work, possible bridge work in on and around our usual marathon course forces us to make this change,” the statement read. “We hope to bring the full marathon venue back in the future. Details will be on our new website www.oceancitymarathon.com due to launch late December or early January.”

To read all the details of this story and many others, see Friday’s edition of The Dispatch.