Publix Florida Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay

Sunday, February 2, 2020 • Melbourne, FL • Course Map

Runners will follow a course that takes them over two bridges and along Melbourne’s stretch of the scenic Indian River at the Publix Florida Marathon Weekend (Melbourne Music Marathon until 2016), which features a full marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay, and 5K race distances.


The race features a course that’s largely fast and flat, the race will have a medium-sized field of runners — just over 950 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone at the race’s 2016 running, out of a total of almost 1,200 runners in both the half and full combined.

From the starting line on Highway 192/Strawbridge Avenue, runners will head north along the old U.S. Highway 1, heading north for the first four miles of the race along the highway all the way up to the first turn on Shady Lane. After the first turn, runners make a few more turns and then head east across the first bridge of the race, crossing the river on Eau Gallie Boulevard and then turning onto Riverside Drive, all the while with the view of the flowing river over their shoulders and the sun in the sky overhead.

The course takes runners southward along Riverside for a four-mile straightaway stretch, giving runners more views of the river as they make their way along the race’s second half. Once runners hit the second bridge, at the intersection with 5th Avenue, they then make their way over the Melbourne Causeway back toward the finish line on New Haven Avenue.

All along the course, which is mostly flat except for the bridge crossings, runners will pass by 20 live bands playing for both the participants and spectators, as well as high-school cheerleading teams stationed throughout the course.

Vintage postcard of Melbourne, Fla. (Boston Public Library/flickr)

Vintage postcard of Melbourne, Fla. (Boston Public Library/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located along central Florida’s Atlantic coastline, about 70 miles southeast of Orlando, the city of Melbourne typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions in the late winter, with lower rainfall compared to the summer months.

In February, temperatures average between 51°F and 73°F, while rainfall totals average around 2.49 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Feb. 2), the average low is 50°F and the average high is 72°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Melbourne Music Half Marathon.

Starting Time

  • 6:00 AM – full marathon
  • 6:45 AM – half marathon, half marathon relay

Fees

  • $70 – $110 for the half marathon
  • $85 – $120 for the full marathon
  • $100 – $140 for the half marathon relay (per team)

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Publix Florida Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K race, register online at SmoothRunning.org here.

Official Race Website

www.thefloridamarathon.com

Facebook Conversations

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4 comments… add one
  • David Greene January 12, 2018, 12:54 pm

    I am curious, I am an AFJROTC Instructor and after having 20 cadets volunteer last year, I have 8 cadets that want to run the half marathon but they are finding it cost prohibative. Is there anyway we can get a discount for my cadets and I will assure you volunteers for a water station.

    Thank you

    DAVID N. GREENE, MSgt, USAF (R)
    AFJROTC INSTRUCTOR, Melbourne High School

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  • Brenda Kenworthy November 6, 2017, 12:45 pm

    I signed up for the 2018 Half Flordia Marathon, was wondering if everyone starts the same time for the half & full. If so can you submit a time ti finish for placement in the race?

    Reply
  • Trish January 31, 2017, 9:36 pm

    What is Saturday’s start time? Where do we pick up our Tshirts

    Reply
  • Teri December 12, 2016, 11:54 am

    Is there morning of race packet pickup for Publix Florida half marathon February 5? If not, can someone pick it up for me? Thank you

    Reply

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