Best Damn Race Orlando Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, February 29, 2020 • Orlando, FL • Course Map

Thanks to the success a few years back of the inaugural Best Damn Race about an hour away in Safety Harbor, Fla., the organizers of this half marathon, 10K and 5K decided to launch a second Best Damn Race event with the same race distances in Orlando in 2014.


Like its sister race in Safety Harbor, the Orlando Best Damn Race’s proceeds go to benefit the Special Olympics Florida, and will feature what the race director calls a “Ticketmaster”-style registration that gives runners the chance to sign up for as little as one dollar. Just over 3,200 runners finished the race in 2016, including more than 1,100 finishers in the half marathon.

As with last year’s race, the courses for each of the event’s three races are planned to start near the southeast corner of Lake Eola Park along East Central Boulevard, just north of downtown Orlando. From there, they’ll follow a course that takes runners back and forth between the park and downtown, along the fast and largely flat streets of this central Florida city.

Organizers say the race will be open to a total of 3,750 runners total — 1,250 runners each in the 10K and half marathon race distances.

There will also be a 5K + 10K challenge, allowing runners to enter both races to run 15 kilometers total on race day — the 10K will start first at 7:05 AM, followed by the 5K start at 9:00 AM.

Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Jared/flickr)

Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Jared/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central Florida, about 16 miles northeast of Walt Disney World and roughly 140 miles southwest of Jacksonville, Orlando typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in late February, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 26 degrees (in 1996) and as high as 90 degrees (in 1962).

On the day of the race (Feb. 29), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 76ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Best Damn Race Orlando Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:05 AM – 10K
  • 7:25 AM – half marathon
  • 9:00 AM – 5K

Fees

  • $40 – $95 for the half marathon
  • $20 – $50 for the 10K
  • $15 – $40 for the 5K

Registration

To reserve your spot in the late winter 2020 running of Orlando’s Best Damn Race Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website

orlando.bestdamnrace.com


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  • Alan Kossow March 5, 2016, 2:43 pm

    I have run races in Orlando for the past 38 years, and this half marathon best damn race by far had the most interesting and beautiful course. Very impressed!

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