Sunday, May 12, 2019 • Cocoa Beach, FL • Course Map
Runners will get a chance to run along the flat, sandy beaches here on what is known as Florida’s “Space Coast” — thanks to its location just down the beach from Cape Canaveral and NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center — at the annual spring U.S.A. Beach Running Championships, which will feature both the half marathon and 10K distances.
Organized by a local running organization known as the Beach Running Association, which gathers trail and beach runners together for group runs in the Cocoa Beach area, the race will take runners on an out-and-back route along the beach that’s timed to coincide with low tide.
The exact route of the course will be determined on the morning of the race, depending on the local conditions — though runners can expect that it will be roughly 6.55 miles out from the start, and 6.55 miles back.
The 10K race is open to both runners and walkers — organizers say that you can either wear shoes or not, it’s totally your choice since you’ll be running on the beach — and medals will be given out to all finishers in the half marathon.
The starting time for the race is 6:37 AM, and the race will start and finish at Shepard Park.
Race Weather & Climate
Located about half-way down Florida’s Atlantic coastline, roughly 60 miles east of Orlando, Cocoa Beach typically sees warm and sometimes hot weather in early May, as the city’s average May temperatures range between 66°F and 85°F.
On race day (May 12), the average low is 64ºF and the average high is 84ºF.
- 2018 Beach Running Championships Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Beach Running Championships Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Beach Running Championships Half Marathon Results
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Cocoa Beach’s Beach Running World Championships Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at SmoothRunning.com here.
Official Race Website
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