Five Points of Life Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay

Sunday, February 17, 2019 • Gainesville, FL • Course Map

Runners get a chance to run through the campus of the University of Florida and the city streets of Gainesville at the Five Points of Life Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay, which draws more than 1,000 runners each year to the streets of the city for a race that raises money and awareness for the local nonprofit by the same name, and for the need for donations of blood, apheresis, bone marrow, cord blood, organ and tissue.

Run along mostly flat terrain, the race begins at the university’s Center for the Performing Arts on Hull Avenue and follows a loop course through the city, finishing near the start on Natural Area Drive. The 5K and kids marathon races take place on Saturday, while the full marathon, half marathon and marathon relay races are run on Sunday.

From the starting line, runners follow a course that takes them in roughly a clockwise direction through the city, running past the University of Florida golf course and through the neighborhood of Suburban Heights in the first few miles of the race.

As the course turns from North 43rd Street onto Northwest 16th Boulevard, the race becomes hillier, as participants enter the section of the course that was used by Frank Shorter, who graduated from the University of Florida and used 16th Street’s historic hills as his training ground for the 1972 Olympics, where he won the gold medal in the marathon.

After the long straightaway stretch along 16th, the course starts taking more frequent turns, onto Northwest 13th Street, Northwest 10th Avenue and Northeast Boulevard, through downtown Gainesville and past the Duck Pond on its way back toward the University campus.

As the last few miles of the race wind through the UF campus and take runners past the shore of Lake Alice, right in the middle of campus, the race winds down along Museum Road toward the finish line on Natural Area Drive, where race organizers add that runners might see some real alligators swimming in the water.

Walkers and runners are welcome in either the full, 26.2-mile marathon or the 13.1-mile half marathon, both of which start at 7:00 AM on race day. There will also be a 5K race for runners and a kids marathon, who spend the weeks and months before the race logging 25 miles to run the last mile of their “marathon” on the day of the event.

The Gator Walk to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Photo by Gainesville Apts/flickr)

The Gator Walk to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Photo by Gainesville Apts/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northern part of the state, about a two-hour drive north of Orlando, the city of Gainesville typically experiences mild to cool weather conditions in the late winter, with moderate rainfall. In February, average monthly temperatures range between 46°F and 69°F, while precipitation amounts average about 3.9 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Feb. 17), the average low is 46°F and the average high is 70°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Five Points of Life Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM

Course Time Limit

  • 3 1/2 hours for the half marathon
  • 6 hours for the full marathon


  • $55 – $80 for the half marathon
  • $65 – $95 for the full marathon
  • $25 – $50 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Gainesville’s Five Points of Life Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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