Dec. 28, 2018 – Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) teamed up with the Panama City BeachChamber of Commerce and Visit Panama City Beach to host the 4th Annual Panama City Beach Marathon on Dec. 1. Each year, the organization selects an affiliation or cause to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event. On Dec. 11, the Panama City Beach Marathon donated $7,000 to Bay District Schools for students and teachers affected by Hurricane Michael.
“It rained but we still had a huge turnout and tons of positive energy. Participants were determined and resilient. It was such a feel-good event. We really look forward to the marathon every year and the community really loves it,” says Shannon Haines-Richmond, director of membership services, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.
The annual Panama City Beach Marathon included a Half Marathon, 5K, and a Kids Fun Run, allowing runners of all levels to participate. The race began and ended in Pier Park, with an after-party at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. All runners received a long sleeve shirt, and finishers received a medal. The certified course is a 2020 Boston Marathon Qualifier, and the race is professionally timed.
“We are committed to giving back to the community and this was a fantastic event for a great cause,” says Sandra Lawson, director of operations, Venture Construction Group of Florida.
Originally named Run for Redfish, the Panama City Beach Marathon began in in the early 2000s and quickly grew into a community favorite. The inaugural Panama City Beach Marathon took place in 2015.
Based in Panama City Beach, VCGFL has over 20 years of experience in 24/7 emergency services, roofing repairs and replacements, construction, restoration, storm damage repairs, and full-scale licensed general contractor services. VCGFL is currently providing roof Emergency Mitigation Services (EMS) including shrink wrap, silicone, and elastomeric coating and full dry-ins to residential and commercial property owners throughout the Panhandle. Since the hurricane made landfall, VCGFL staff and crews have partnered with community organizations throughout the state to provide Hurricane Michael relief, including collecting, purchasing and donating numerous truckloads of food, water, hygiene kits, and basic necessities to those in need.