Orange Blossom Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, March 7, 2020 • Haines City, FL • Course Map

runsignup-blueThe moderately hilly, gentle elevation of the roads along the countryside in the central Florida city of Haines City are the setting for the Orange Blossom Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run, which makes its 11th annual running in the late winter/early spring of 2020.


Featuring an out-and-back course that takes runners along the rural countryside of Haines City for nearly the entire race, the Orange Blossom Half starts and finishes in Haines City’s Lake Eva Park, which lies in central Florida’s Polk County.

From the starting line at Lake Eva Park on Johns Avenue, runners head eastward first toward South 30th Street, passing Boone Middle School and Haines City High School. From there, the course continues south along South 30th Street before turning on Marion Road toward Detour Road.

Runners then make a loop on to White Clay Pit Road, Bice Grove Road, and Bannon Island Road before retracing their steps toward the start/finish line, detouring only for a brief run along the Haines City Trail.

While the terrain for the race is made up of paved surfaces throughout, runners can expect to encounter a few hilly stretches along the course.

The course will be closed after 4 hours, so runners who haven’t yet completed the race by then will be asked to move from the roadway onto the sidewalk.

The Pointe at Lake Dora, Florida. (Photo by Matt Kelland/flickr)

The Pointe at Lake Dora, Florida. (Photo by Matt Kelland/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located among the many lakes in central Florida, roughly 35 miles north of Orlando, the city of Haines City typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in mid March, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 24ºF (in 1980) and as high as 95ºF (in 1935).

On race day (Mar. 7), the average low is 53ºF and the average high is 78ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Orange Blossom Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:05 AM – 10K
  • 9:00 AM – 5K

Fees

  • $50 – $99 for the half marathon
  • $25 – $50 for the 10K
  • $20 – $45 for the 5K

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Orange Blossom Half Marathon, register online at RunSignup.com here.

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Official Race Website

www.sommersports.com


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Ever run in the Orange Blossom Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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8 comments… add one
  • Jean Wilcox February 25, 2016, 10:33 am

    Is there a safe place to leave a bag of clothes for changing after during the half marathon?

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  • Troy January 10, 2016, 6:56 pm

    I am inquiring about the Orangeblossom half marathon for February 2016. The Site says it has taken place in Tavares Florida in the past but your information now says Haines city. The description of the race also says to Tavares. Where is the location? Your website seems to be displaying two different cities as the destination.

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    • Sujin Headrick February 8, 2016, 12:24 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, Troy. The race changed cities for the 2016 event. I’ve updated the page and course map–the race is definitely in Haines City. Race on!

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  • Janet March 1, 2015, 1:55 pm

    I’d pass on this race in the future. For about $70 for the half – the only food left was a banana and a bottle of water. Disappointing. Some of the participants took the wrong path at what was identified as the 5K turnaround. This was really the turnaround for the half marathon also, but nothing IDed it as such. Just not worth the drive or the $$s. I’ve done 30+ half marathons and I’d have to say this is in the bottom 5%.

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  • Karissa February 27, 2015, 7:05 pm

    How can I register for the 5K? When I click on it it says “registration closed” but the “Fees” section indicates that you can register race week and race day. Help Please! =(

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    • Terrell Johnson February 27, 2015, 7:40 pm

      Hi Karissa,

      I see that you’re right, online registration for the race is closed — that’s usually what happens this close to race day. However, the race organizers do say that race day registration is available (with the caveat, of course, that the race isn’t sold out). Here’s the race director’s email address: Info@SommerSports.com
      And here’s their phone number: (352) 394-1320
      I would encourage you to contact them directly to ask whether any spots remain. Hope that helps!

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  • Stacy February 23, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Is there a packet pickup the day before the Orange Blossom Half Marathon?

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