Saturday, December 15, 2018 • Jacksonville, FL • Course Map
One of the state’s oldest running events, the Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K begins and ends at the Bolles School and is a USA Track and Field-certified event, which means that runners can use their time in this event to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Often called “the South’s fastest marathon,” the race features a course along mostly flat and shaded terrain — about 80 percent of the course is shaded — through the streets of Jacksonville and along the St. John’s River downtown.
There are no “hills, bridges or overpasses” along the race route, organizers note, which should make for a very fast race indeed for many runners, as well as an excellent place to set personal record time.
From the starting line at the school (at 7400 San Jose Boulevard), the 13.1-mile half marathon course follows the same route as the 26.2-mile marathon course until just after the seven-mile marker, where runners in the half split off from those running the full and merge onto Scott Mill Road.
Along the way, the course features some very small changes in elevation but overall, the elevation for the course remains largely the same throughout the race. Both races finish back at the Bolles School’s track and field athletic complex, and the half-marathon course will not take runners around the Forest Circle portion of the route in the second half of the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the northeast corner of the state, just a short drive south of the Florida-Georgia state line, Jacksonville typically sees January temperatures that average between 45°F and 64°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 3.4 inches, making it one of the city’s drier months of the year.
On the day of the race (Dec. 15), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 65°F.
- 2017 Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon Results
- $45 – $60 for the half marathon
- $70 – $85 for the full marathon
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at SignMeUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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