Volunteer call, traffic planning precede race

Lantana’s Nature Preserve is preparing for thirsty runners at the Dec. 6 Palm Beach Marathon, putting together the only “wacky” water station in Lantana, according to Ilona Balfour, a director for the preserve. The station will be located on Ocean Avenue at Bicentennial Park at the western foot of the bridge. The water station plans a mariachi theme, with bright, Mexican-style clothing and lively music to revive runners’ spirits, Balfour said, adding that the race’s water stations vie for the two top prizes of $1,000 and $500. The Nature Preserve’s water station needs volunteers, and Balfour welcomes anyone who is interested. The Old Key Lime House won’t operate a water station, as originally expected. This is the first time the marathon will wend its way through Lantana. Manalapan is warning residents about the traffic problems the race will cause that Sunday morning. While residents will be able to get off the island, they’ll have to choose another option to the Lantana Bridge. The intersection of Ocean Avenue and A1A, as well as the bridge, will be closed. — Margie Plunkett
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