DONNA Marathon Weekend

Sunday, February 2, 2025 • Jacksonville 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 17th annual running this year.

Past years have seen 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.

Runners on the beach at Jacksonville's 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon.

Runners on the beach at Jacksonville’s 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon.

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.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Donna Half Marathon here.

Starting Time



  • $120 and up – half marathon
  • $120 and up – full marathon
  • $120 and up – ultramarathon


To reserve your spot in the late winter 2025 running of Jacksonville’s Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, register online at here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Donna Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments box below.

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5 comments… add one
  • Paula Herron January 26, 2019, 6:46 pm

    I’m not sure if I am registered for 2019 half marathon.
    Thank you.

  • Margaret Rosier October 13, 2018, 10:58 am

    Is there an opportunity for a virtual marathon this year if unable to attend?

  • Lisa February 10, 2018, 1:11 pm

    I am visiting my daughter on Ponte Vedra beach and planning on returning to our home in Melbourne, FL on Sunday. What is the best time to leave traffic wise ? Thank you and “Go Donna” !

    • Bubba February 9, 2019, 9:23 am

      You won’t be having any issues with traffic that far south.

  • Dawn Waldenmaier January 4, 2018, 12:10 pm

    How do i create a team?


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