Sunday, March 8, 2015 • Live Oak, FL • Course Map
Now set for its 5th annual running at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch just south of the Holton Creek Conservation Area near Live Oak, this marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race — formerly known as the State of Mind Sports Marathon races — draws around a couple hundred runners each year for a race that unfolds near Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf coast.
Each of the races in the event will start and finish at the youth ranch, which was established in the late 1950s as a home for troubled boys from around the area, and today provides both education and recreation with swimming, baseball, canoeing, arts and crafts and volleyball activities for the more than 80 boys who live at the ranch.
Since its founding, the ranch has expanded its programs to five additional locations around the state.
The ranch is located roughly 10 miles north of the town of Live Oak, at 1813 Cecil Webb Place, just south of the more than 2,500-acre Holton Creek Conservation Area park, home to ample trails for hiking, horseback riding and running as well as areas for hunting and fishing.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central northern Florida, about 85 miles west of Jacksonville, the city of Live Oak typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the early spring season, and relatively ample rainfall throughout the year.
In March, temperatures average between 50°F and 77°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 5.3 inches for the month. On the day of the race (March 9), the average low is 76°F and the average high is 76°F.
- $45 for the half marathon, if registered at least 6 weeks before the race
- $50 if registered 2 weeks before the race
- $55 until 2 days before the race
- $60 at the race packet pickup
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Live Oak’s Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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