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Best 15 Marathons To Run In Florida (updated)

Florida is the third most populous state in the United States for marathons, and it has a lot to offer runners. With hundreds of miles of shoreline, six varieties of the citrus-flavored drink down your gullet, and two peninsulas to explore, there are many opportunities for runners.

The entire state is not conducive to running trails. But, if you want to run along a dusty path with switchbacks, where only birds can hear you scream, or if you ever feel like joining a race to chase bloodthirsty vampires during the day…enjoy the Everglades.

However, these 15 marathons will give you all kinds of variety when it comes to terrain and scenery without having to drive too far from where most Floridians live. You might even get enough sun that you’ll need sunscreen!

1. Naples Half Marathon

Naples Half Marathon

This race takes runners along the scenic coastline of Naples, Florida. With a half marathon and 5k option, it’s perfect for all levels of runners.

The Naples Half Marathon is a unique race that allows attendees to run along the coast of Florida on an out and back course. This means that the first half of the race is a loop around Naples, which you will come back from for the second half.

The race starts on the beach, so runners have ocean views as they head north to finish at Flagler Park. The course also includes two net climbs up coastal hills with steep inclines. As a result, the course’s net elevation gain is about 113 feet over a distance of 13.1 miles.

  • Starting point: 5691 E. Second Ave, Naples, FL 34109
  • Entry fees: $40 -$75; half marathon registration
  • Location: Naples, FL
  • Date: TBD

2. Publix Florida Keys Marathon & Half

Publix Florida Keys Marathon & Half

If you want a marathon with a laid-back atmosphere, check out the Publix Florida Keys Marathon and Half. It is the most festive marathon in the country because of its post-race parties that include complimentary beer, live music, and dance performances.

The course starts near Mile Marker 82 on Overseas Highway (U.S. Route 1) and weaves through Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, and Marathon before finishing Ocean View Park. The race’s first half is flat and scenic, with amazing views of the ocean and Atlantic Dunes beachfront homes glimmering in their white nautical fashion along Cracked Conch Drive. The second part of the course is inland and slightly more challenging with rolling hills and bridges.

  • Starting point: Overseas Highway (U.S. Route 1), MM 82
  • Entry fees: $45 – $75; half marathon registration
  • Location: Marathon, FL
  • Date: Jan

3. Gainesville Women’s Half Marathon & 8k

This race is perfect if you want to run an event that will give you legitimate bragging rights as a female. This race gets its name because women are not allowed to vote in this town! Plus, it benefits breast cancer research. You can’t beat that combination now, can you? The 2019 race was dedicated to the survivors of 9/11 who live in North Central Florida.

The Gainesville Women’s Half Marathon and 8k starts and finishes at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in the heart of downtown Gainesville. The course is scenic, with a mix of tree-lined roads, neighborhoods, and rolling hills. There is also a bridge crossing over I-75.

  • Starting point: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Entry fees: $25 -$40; half marathon registration
  • Location: Gainesville, FL
  • Date: TBD

4. Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

If you want a race that will take you through all the different areas of Miami-Dade County, look no further than the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon. This race has a tour package that allows you to get the most out of your trip because it includes stays in different cities within Miami-Dade County.

The race itself is pretty flat, and both courses are USAT&F certified, making it a popular destination for runners seeking a qualifying time for Boston or New York City. The Florida International University area, Coconut Grove neighborhood, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, downtown Miami, Little Havana neighborhood, downtown Coral Gables and South Beach neighborhoods are all along the course. So if you’re looking for an ideal marathon training ground with lots of entertainment options after the race…this might be it!

  • Starting point: 1475 NE Second Ave., Miami 33132
  • Entry fees: $45 – $150; marathon registration
  • Location: Miami, FL
  • Date: Jan

5. Orlando Half Marathon & 10k

The Orlando Half Marathon & 10k is a great race for runners who want to experience all that Orlando has to offer. The course takes you through some of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, including Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot, and Universal Studios.

The Half Marathon starts at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and finishes at Universal CityWalk. The 10k starts and ends at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Both courses are USAT&F certified, and medal winners receive a 3D carved wood medal. You can even run the half marathon as a team! That’s right; this race offers a two-person half marathon relay.

  • Start point: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, 700 S Victory Way, Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • Entry fees: $25 – $50; half marathon registration / 10k registration
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Date: TBA

6. Brevard County Half Marathon & 5k

The Brevard County Half Marathon & 5k is a great race for runners who want to get in an early-January half marathon without having to travel too far from home (or who live down there!). The course winds through charming small towns and lovely parks filled with swans and egrets at the Indian River Lagoon. You’ll find that this race has everything you’d expect from a coastal city like Melbourne Beach — sun, sand, and surf!

The half marathon starts at Historic Rossetter House Museum & Gardens and finishes at Eastern Florida State College. The 5k starts and ends at the college as well. Both races are USAT&F certified.

  • Starting point: Historic Rossetter House Museum & Gardens, 401 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
  • Entry fees: $25 – $40; half marathon registration / 5k registration
  • Location: Melbourne Beach, FL
  • Date: Jan

7. Gasparilla Distance Classic 15k, 8k, & 5k

If you’re looking for a race that will take you through some of Tampa’s most beautiful neighborhoods and scenic parks, look no further than the Gasparilla Distance Classic. Set in the city of Tampa, Florida’s third-largest city, this race hosts three different events: 15k, 8k, and 5k.

The 15k begins at Plant Park on the University of South Florida campus and finishes near Bayshore Boulevard. The 8k starts at Raymond James Stadium and ends near Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. Finally, the 5k begins at Justin Wilson Corry Field, located inside Westshore Mall, then heads toward downtown Tampa to cross the historic Gandy Bridge. All three races are USAT&F certified.

  • Start point: Arthur L. Williams Jr. Memorial Park, 701 Old Water St., Tampa 33602
  • Entry fees: $35 – $65; half marathon registration
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Date: Jan

8. Publix Super Markets Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon

If you’re looking for a race that will take you through some of Tampa’s most beautiful neighborhoods and scenic parks, look no further than the Publix Super Markets Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon. Set in the city of Tampa, Florida’s third-largest city, this race hosts a half marathon event.

The half marathon begins at Plant Park on the University of South Florida campus and finishes near Bayshore Boulevard. The course winds through Tampa’s most popular neighborhoods, including Hyde Park, Davis Islands, and SoHo. All courses are USAT&F certified.

  • Start point: Plant Park, 1101 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33603
  • Entry fees: $40 – $70; half marathon registration
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Date: Jan

9. Pensacola Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk

If you’re looking for a race that offers beautiful ocean views in the morning and delicious seafood in the afternoon, look no further than the Pensacola Half Marathon or 5k. Held on Seville Square, this race begins near The University of West Florida’s Seville Dining Facility and finishes at Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. Both races are USAT&F certified.

  • The half marathon at The University of West Florida begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5k begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Half marathon entry fees: $45 – $65; half marathon registration
  • 5k entry fees: $40 – $50; half marathon registration
  • Location: Pensacola, FL

10. Biggest Loser Half Marathon & 10k

If you’re looking for a race that offers beautiful ocean views in the morning and delicious seafood in the afternoon, look no further than the Biggest Loser Half Marathon. Held on Seville Square, this race begins near The University of West Florida’s Seville Dining Facility and finishes at Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. Both races are USAT&F certified.

  • The half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. The 10k begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Half marathon entry fees: $35 – $65; half marathon registration
  • 10k entry fees: $25 – $45; half marathon registration
  • Location: Pensacola, FL

11. Holiday Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk

If you’re looking for a race that brings Santa Claus to the beach, look no further than the Holiday Half Marathon & 5k. Held on St. Pete Beach, this race starts and finishes near St. Petersburg College’s west campus. Both races are USAT&F certified.

  • The half marathon begins at 9 a.m., while the 5k begins at 9:15 a.m.
  • Half marathon entry fees: $30 – $60; half marathon registration
  • 5k entry fees: $25 – $45; half marathon registration
  • Location: St. Petersburg, FL

12. Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk

If you’re looking for a race with beautiful ocean views in the morning and delicious seafood in the afternoon, look no further than the Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon. Held on The Jacksonville Beach Pier, this race begins near The University of West Florida’s Seville Dining Facility and finishes at Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. Both races are USAT&F-certified.

  • The half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m., while the 5k begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Half marathon entry fees: $35 – $65; half marathon registration
  • 5k entry fees: $25 – $45; half marathon registration
  • Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL

13. Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k

If you’re looking for a race with beautiful ocean views in the morning and delicious seafood in the afternoon, look no further than the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon. Held on The Jacksonville Beach Pier, this race begins near The University of West Florida’s Seville Dining Facility and finishes at Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. Both races are USAT&F-certified.

  • The marathon begins at 7:30 a.m., while the 5k and half marathon begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Marathon entry fees: $40 – $65; marathon registration
  • Half marathon entry fees: $35 – $55; half marathon registration
  • 5k entry fees: $25 – $40; half marathon registration
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

14. Best Damn Race Half Marathon & 10k

One of the more unique aspects of the Best Damn Race is that it boasts a beer garden at its finish line festivals. That’s right – you can get your drink on even if you’re underage (for those over 21).

  • The half marathon begins at 8:30 a.m., while the 10k begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Half marathon entry fees: $35 – $65; half marathon registration
  • 10k entry fees: $25 – $45; half marathon registration
  • Location: Clearwater Beach, FL

15. Fit Foods 1/2 Marathon & 5K Run/Walk

If you’re looking for a race with beautiful ocean views in the morning and delicious seafood in the afternoon, look no further than the Fit Foods 1/2 Marathon. Held on St. Pete Beach, this race begins near St. Petersburg College’s west campus and finishes at the St. Petersburg Pier. Both races are USAT&F-certified.

  • The half marathon begins at 9 a.m., while the 5k begins at 9:15 a.m.
  • Half marathon entry fees: $30 – $65; half marathon registration
  • 5k entry fees: $25 – $45; half marathon registration
  • Location: St Petersburg, FL

Conclusion

So there you have it – 15 of the best half marathons and 10ks in Florida. No matter what part of the state you’re in, there’s sure to be a race that’s perfect for you. So get out there and start training!

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