Sunday, February 9, 2020 • Neptune Beach, FL • Course Map
Featuring two and a half miles of running along the sands of Jacksonville’s beaches and an opportunity to support one of the running world’s most significant charitable fundraising efforts, the 26.2 With Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer marks its 13th annual running in the winter of 2020.
Its 2016 race saw more than 6,000 runners cross the finish line in all races combined — which include a full marathon, half marathon, ultra marathon and 5K — to help those fighting breast cancer today and to support research to find new ways to combat the disease. (The 5K takes place on Saturday, while the ultra marathon, half marathon and full marathon are run on Sunday.)
Both the half and the full marathons in this event start and finish at the Beaches Town Center, near where Atlantic and Neptune Beaches meet, and take runners for the early part of the race along the beach communities of Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach.
From there, runners start heading west along Atlantic Boulevard briefly before heading north into the oceanfront neighborhoods of Atlantic Beach, turning on Sailfish Drive and then right again on to Plaza.
The route takes a few more turns as it heads into residential neighborhoods and along the beach before heading back to the finish line at the Beaches Town Center.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Donna Foundation, begun by two-time breast cancer survivor Donna Deegan, a well-known Jacksonville local television anchor who has completed several marathons after being diagnosed with breast cancer and serves as an inspiration to women Finishing the disease around the country. Race organizers note that the course is pink–very pink. While the full marathon is open to runners only, the half marathon will be open to both runners and walkers, provided they can complete the race within the seven-hour time limit.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along Florida’s Atlantic coastline in the northeast corner of the state, just miles from the Georgia state line, the city of Jacksonville typically enjoys mild to moderately cool weather conditions in the late winter months, with rainfall that’s generally much lower than in the summer and early fall.
In February, the city’s average monthly temperatures range between 48°F and 65°F, while rainfall averages just over 2.8 inches, making February its third-driest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Feb. 9), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 67°F.
- 2019 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon Results
- 2018 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon Results
- 2017 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon Results
- 2016 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon Results
- 2015 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon Results
- 2014 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon Results
- 2013 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon Results
see event website
Registration for the 2020 race opens in early June 2019. To reserve your spot in the late winter 2019 running of Jacksonville’s 26.2 With Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, visit the event website below.
Official Race Website
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