Saturday, November 3, 2018 • Pensacola Beach, FL • Course Map
One in a series of race events that take place across the mid-Atlantic and the Southeast each year and serve also as fundraisers for the Safe House Project, a nonprofit that helps to create refuges — “safe houses” — for the victims of sex trafficking, the Safe House Project Pensacola Half Marathon makes its inaugural running this fall.
Runners will follow an out-and-back course for the race, which starts and finishes near the Pensacola Beach Pier, along the Casino Beach Boardwalk. From there, you’ll head east along the island, running largely along Via de Luna Drive.
You’ll turn off Via de Luna at a number of points during the race, however, for twists and turns that will take you into the neighborhoods that overlook Sharp Point and along Ariola Drive, looking out onto the white sands of Pensacola Beach.
Once you reach the half-way turnaround point along State Highway 399, you’ll begin the trek back along the route you’ve just run, making your way all the way back to the pier for the race finish.
Expect a very flat race, as the elevation never drops below just a few feet above sea level — and it never rises higher than about 13 feet above sea level.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Gulf Coast shoreline of the Florida panhandle, just across Pensacola Bay from the city of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach typically sees some of its mildest temperatures of the year in November, which also brings just under 4 1/2 inches of rainfall.
- Nov. 3 average low temp: 54ºF
- Nov. 4 average high temp: 74ºF
- 7:45 AM – half marathon
- 8:00 AM – 5K
- $60 (and up) for the half marathon
- $30 (and up) for the 5K
- $25 for the virtual 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Safe House Project Pensacola Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the official race website here.
Official Race Website
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