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Pensacola, FL • Sunday, November 9, 2014 • Course Map
More than 1,800 runners and walkers came out to run and cross the finish line in both races combined at the fall 2013 running of the Pensacola Marathon & Half Marathon, which takes runners on a tour of the waterfront areas and city streets of this city on Florida's Gulf coast panhandle. Both the half and the full marathons share the same course for much of the race, starting in downtown Pensacola and running an out-and-back loop through town.
From the starting line near downtown Pensacola's waterfront at Veterans Memorial Park, runners leave the starting line at 6:30 AM and make a quick loop around 10th Avenue, DeLeon Street and 9th Avenue before heading back south toward the park on the way to the Scenic Highway.
There, runners will be able to catch views over their shoulders of gorgeous Pensacola Bay and the bridge over to Gulf Breeze and the Gulf Island National Seashore in the distance. Runners then continue north along Scenic Highway, with the waterfront to runners' right the entire stretch as they run through East Pensacola Heights.
Runners follow the Scenic Highway (Highway 90) north all the way until the intersection with Summit Boulevard, where they split off from those running the full 26.2-mile marathon and turn left and head toward the Pensacola Regional Airport, which they pass as they head toward 12th Avenue.
This stretch of the course next takes runners south on 12th, east on Texar and then south again on Palafox Street, which takes runners all the way to the finish line near the waterfront.
The course for the race is largely fast and flat, and is certified by USA Track and Field as a qualifying route for the Boston Marathon, one of the latest on the calendar available in the Southeast before the Boston each spring. The course has a time limit of 6 hours, which means runners in both races must keep a pace of at least 14 minutes per mile or better.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the western Florida panhandle, just miles from the Alabama state line and roughly 190 miles west of Tallahassee, Pensacola typically sees November temperatures that average between 51°F and 70°F, while rainfall totals average just under 4.5 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Nov. 9), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 72°F.
See the race route map for the Pensacola Half Marathon
See race website
To reserve your spot in the late fall 2014 running of the Pensacola Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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