You'll Long Remember Your Marion Arts Festival Race February 23, 2014 - 9:59
Most Half Marathon's and 5K road races are relatively short events. Yes, it can take a couple of hours to run a half, but even with a longer race, you'll have collected your award and on your way home well before noon.
The Marion Arts Festival Half Marathon and 5K is different. First, the race itself has some of the biggest cash payouts to a host of winners of any similar race in the region. Then there are the valuable post race raffles and giveaways. Top it off with great post race food, and you've already got a race to remember.
But there's even more with the MAF Half and 5K. After the race, you can linger for as long as you want and savor one of the top 25 Art Festivals in the nation, complete with beautiful art and fantastic food. In fact, the 2013 Festival was named the #1 show featuring 100 artists or fewer and as the best one-day event in the nation.
The art includes 2D and 3D mixed media, ceramics, digital and graphic imagery, drawings, fiber and glass art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood, jewelry and paintings. There are some examples below.
The size of the Marion Art Festival is something to keep in mind. There's enough art to keep you wandering the booths for hours, if you choose, and enough interactive fun to keep you thoroughly engaged and entertained.
The 2014 edition features a full slate of off-beat artist demonstrations, specialty foods, and a fully accessible cultural experience. Come for the race, then change into your flip flops for a fun family day in the heart of historic Marion.