Saturday, November 11, 2017 • 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. The race will also offer a wheelchair division for the first time this year, as well as medals to all finishers.
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. 11), the average low is 53ºF and the average high is 75ºF.
- $35 – $40 for the half marathon
- $22 – $25 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Gainesville’s Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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