Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon

Sunday, November 10, 2024 • Gainesville, FL • Course Map

More than 200 runners cross the finish line each year at Gainesville’s Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon, organized by the Florida Track Club on an out-and-back run along the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, whose wide paved pathways stretch some 16 miles from Boulware Springs Park into the nearby Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

Runners start the race at the trailhead near the park entrance, just off Southeast 15th Street. From there, the course keeps runners on the trail for the entire race, heading south and then east along the trail through the Paynes Prairie Preserve and along the state conservation lands just outside the park.

The race is one of the final events of the year hosted by the club and is part of its Florida Track Club Grand Prix, which offers points throughout the year for its races.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central northern Florida, just over 70 miles southwest of Jacksonville, Gainesville typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in the mid-fall, and generally drier weather in the fall than in the summer.

On race day (Nov. 10), the average low is 53ºF and the average high is 75ºF.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:15 AM – 5K


  • $50 – $75 for the half marathon
  • $25 – $40 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Gainesville’s Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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