Sunday, November 11, 2018 • Fort Lauderdale, FL • Course Map
Part of a series of “13.1 Marathon”-themed half-marathon races staged around the country throughout the spring, summer and fall, the 13.1 Marathon Fort Lauderdale saw its first annual running in November 2008, when nearly 1,400 runners crossed the finish line with a view of the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean over their shoulders in Fort Lauderdale’s South Beach Park.
More than 1,600 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined in 2016, for a race that’s run along course that’s largely fast and flat and features plenty of views of the ocean, especially in the middle stretches of the race. Runners can expect a course at the Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon that offers a out-and-back loop course over a route made up entirely of paved city streets and highways.
From the starting line near Las Olas and A1A, runners first head west back into Fort Lauderdale’s Victoria Park neighborhood, where the mix of old and new homes create a fascinating view into the history and culture of the area.
After running around the streets of the neighborhood, the course returns to Las Olas and heads back east toward A1A, passing the start/finish line along the way. But the course isn’t over yet–in fact, it’s just begun. The course turns left and continues along A1A. If you weren’t cruising before, you probably will be now, with the ocean views and almost pancake flat course.
After reaching Highway A1A, runners head north for the next few miles along the beach highway, where they’ll pass by a number of beautiful beachfront homes as well as resort hotels, cafes and restaurants along the way.
This stretch of the course is a long straightaway that continues all the way north to East Oakland Park Boulevard, where runners hit the turnaround point and then head back in reverse along the route they’ve just run, all the way south to the finish line.
The race is open to walkers as well as runners, and race organizers plan to keep the course open for three and a half hours, after which it will be re-opened to traffic.
Runners finish the race back where they started, where the sandy beaches will play host to the post-race festivities, where runners will pick up their finisher’s medals and get to enjoy live music, food and the age group awards.
Runners and walkers will have an early start for the half marathon, starting at 6:15 AM. For the half, runners are expected to keep a pace of 16 minutes per mile or better.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Atlantic coastline of southern Florida, about a half-hour’s drive north from Miami, the city of Fort Lauderdale typically enjoys mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-fall season, and usually drier weather in November than in the earlier months. In November, the city’s average monthly temperatures range between 81°F and 67°F, while rainfall totals average just under 4.6 inches for the month.
On race day (Nov. 11), the average low is 66ºF and the average high is 81ºF.
- 2017 13.1 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon Results
- 6:15 AM – half marathon
- 7:00 AM – 5K
- $75 – $115 for the half marathon
- $35 – $45 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the 13.1 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon & 5K, register online at Chronotrack.com here.
Official Race Website
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