Sunday, October 14, 2018 • Cocoa Beach, FL • Course Map
Set for its fourth annual running this year on a course that features two and a half miles of running on the sands of Florida’s Cocoa Beach itself, the Ron Jon Cocoa Beach Half Marathon and Relay features a fast, flat route that’s open to both runners and walkers, and a chance to run with waves crashing along the shoreline over your shoulder.
The race, which unfolds along the region known as Florida’s Space Coast near Cape Canaveral — and features finisher’s medals in the shape of the bottle made famous in the legendary 1960s TV series “I Dream of Jeannie” — starts along Florida State Road A1A, near Patrick Air Force Base and Hangar’s Beach.
From there, the race heads north along A1A, which stretches all the way from the tip of the Florida Keys at its southernmost end all the way north to Amelia Island near the Georgia state line at its northern end.
You’ll follow A1A for nearly the first eight miles of the race, passing through the city of Cocoa Beach, the Maritime Hammock Preserve and Lori Wilson Park before you reach the first turn, just before the mile 8 marker at Hernando Lane, where you’ll also pass by the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop.
Once there, you’ll make the turn and head east toward the beach, but not before you make an out-and-back stretch along Ocean Beach Boulevard. Then, you’ll turn right on Marion Lane to head out onto the beach.
On the beach, you’ll head south, running on the sand with the waves crashing onshore over your left shoulder. You’ll run for roughly 2 1/2 miles along the beach, all the way south to the Minuteman Causeway.
There, you’ll turn right and leave the beach as you make your way back onto A1A (called North Orlando Avenue here), which will take you north toward Lori Wilson Park, where you’ll finish the race inside the park.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along Florida’s Atlantic coastline, just south of Cape Canaveral and just a short drive east of Orlando, Cocoa Beach typically sees mild to still moderately warm weather in October, with still-plentiful rainfall, as precipitation amounts average just over 4.7 inches, making this its fifth-wettest month of the year.
On race day (Oct. 14), the average low is 68ºF and the average high is 84ºF.
- $85 and up for the individual half marathon
- $75 per runner and up for the relay half marathon
Course Time Limit
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Ron Jon Cocoa Beach Half Marathon or Relay, register online at SmoothRunning.com here.
Official Race Website
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