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No matter your skill level, you should enter Florida’s best road races

Sun, fun, and… run? You better believe it. From the Emerald Coast to the Keys Floridians (and visitors) run hundreds of road races every year. Some serve beer, some play rock ‘n’ roll, and despite their differences, they’re all a blast. Tests your mental and physical endurance by running one of these longer races!

Consider signing up and planning a trip around the following award-winners that we’ve chosen as the top road races in Florida. We chose these races based on runner feedback, unique details, scenery, and much more. So lace up your sneaks and start training now because places in these races fill up fast!

Best road races in Florida

The Miami Marathon

In their own words: People coming together. People running together. A test of endurance, strength and will. Join 20,000 fellow runners, walkers, and wheelchair athletes on a gorgeous course through some of the most famous spots in Miami and Miami Beach. Secure your space at the start line today because it’s not Miami without YOU!

Register for the experience of a lifetime! Come out and explore all the wonderful things that make Miami famous. The Fitbit Miami Marathon & Half Marathon takes you through the streets of Miami starting in the downtown area, to the scenic beaches, through the art district and back around to our lovely bay area. You won’t want to miss one of South Florida’s premier events and Miami’s only marathon!

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Panama City Beach Marathon

In their own words: Run through paradise alongside our award-winning beaches in the Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K or Kid’s Fun Run. The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the Panama City Beach Marathon. Set for Saturday, December 1, 2018, the 26.2 mile race will become a staple for the community and attract thousands of both residents and visitors to Panama City Beach.

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Pensacola Double Bridge Run

In their own words: The Pensacola Double Bridge Run Presented by Publix is one of the premier 15K races in the country. The 15K carries runners over two bridges, across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. It will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, and picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run through Gulf Breeze, and onto Pensacola Beach. The 5K invites both runners and walkers to travel from Gulf Breeze to beautiful Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island and the Gulf Islands Seashore.

There is much to see and lots to do in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach. This event is an ideal winter getaway. Natural beauty, outdoor enjoyment, history, art, entertainment and shopping are there for you and your friends – take the opportunity for a long, true destination weekend.

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Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon

In their own words: Our Marathon course features 26.2 miles of signature South Florida beauty, loaded with miles of unobstructed ocean views. The fast, flat course is ideal for those looking to achieve Boston qualifying times. If you’re searching for the ideal winter destination running event, then look no further! Run Fort Lauderdale…. Where the Ocean is Your Finish Line!! All finishers will receive a signature beach themed medal. We have become renowned for our over the top medal designs. In fact we took home the honor of being the best medal in North America in 2010, 2013 and 2014! The accolade rewarded us for our creativity and unique design.

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Kiwanis Midnight Run

In their own words: 2018 will be the 39th running of the Kiwanis Midnight Run.  We have one mile, 5K and 10K runs.  Participate in one, two, or all three.   Yes, we really do run at night.  The 10K crosses the Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island State Park.  The 10K is challenging due to the humidity on the causeway and typical still air once off the causeway.  The 5K turns around about half way out the causeway.  All three courses are out and back along the Causeway Blvd.  We have numerous water stations.

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Donna Marathon

In their own words: NEW in 2019, DONNA Marathon Weekend will start and finish in the heart of Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach, Florida. Known by locals as the Beaches Town Center, this oceanfront destination twelve miles east of downtown Jacksonville offers a wealth of choices to shop, dine, relax and now race! February 8 – 10, 2019, DONNA Marathon Weekend will include a 5K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultramarathon and Event Challenges and will again fill the Beaches of Northeast Florida with thousands of runners from all 50 states and many countries. Participants enjoy an even flatter, faster Boston-Qualifying marathon course that takes them through the four beautiful beach communities of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach with scenic views and an outpouring of crowd support. Expect water stations nearly every mile, race day temps averaging 55° F, and streets lined with a 26-mile beach block party. And it’s pink. Very pink. There’s a reason this event has been recognized by CNN Travel as one of the “Seven Marathons Worth the Trip” and “Favorite Charity Race” from the readers of Women’s Running Magazine. We are the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. Start Training.

DONNA Marathon Weekend is an official event of The DONNA Foundation. The DONNA Foundation, a private non-profit organization in Northeast Florida, provides financial assistance and support nationwide to those living with breast cancer and funds groundbreaking research to finish the disease once and for all. To date, the foundation has served more than 11,000 families in need and dispersed more than $5 million to fuel programs that move families from a place of fear to a place of love.

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Daytona Beach Half Marathon

In their own words: Volusia County Government and Daytona International Speedway are again partnering to bring this iconic race to the community. Named one of the seven scenic half marathons in America by Active.com, this is one of the most unique courses in the running world.The 2019 event will feature a new half marathon route, as well as new challenge opportunities with the addition of a Saturday afternoon beach run. The 13.1 mile race again offers runners the opportunity to start on the famed tri-oval track of the Daytona International Speedway and run to the hard-packed sands of the beach, where racing got its name. New for 2019, the race will finish at ONE DAYTONA, directly across from Daytona International Speedway, where runners will celebrate with drinks, food and awards! 2019 will also expand festivities over two days, with the addition of a 5K— an out and back on the beach Saturday afternoon. The Beachin’ It 5K will be followed by a beach party and bonfire. This is a one-of-a-kind weekend you won’t want to miss!

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Space Coast Marathon

In their own words: Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners welcome you to the 47th running of the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon – Florida’s oldest marathon. We invite runners and walkers alike to experience one of the most beautiful USATF certified waterfront courses on the east coast of Florida.

Our event starts in the historic and quaint Cocoa Village, and finishes along the river in Lee Wenner Park and Cocoa Riverfront Park where family and friends can cheer and watch your finish.

As our race is held within the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, the entire event revolves around a space theme sure to delight and energize our participants.

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Coconut Creek Butterfly Run

In their own words: The City of Coconut Creek Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 16th Annual 5K Butterfly Run on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 7 AM. The 16th Annual 5K Butterfly Run will be held at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. This race will be a large-scale certified race through USA Track & Field.

The first 800 participants will receive a T-shirt and first 800 finishers will receive a medal. The top 3 of each age division for both male and female will receiver placement medals as well.

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In their own words: The ZENRUN race will consist of a physical race in the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami FL and a virtual race, where anyone in the world can join in, by running or walking in treadmills or their own neighborhood at the same time as our physical race (be aware of the time zone changes). Anyone can run their race at their own pace.

Upon registering for the race, the participant will have access to our meditative technique. The runner interested in running with the mind of meditation will need to download our app and carry their phones during the race. This is optional.

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Superhero 5K

In their own words: Grab your cape and lace up your running shoes! The 7th Annual Guardian Ad Litem Superhero 5K Run is Sunday, November 5, 2017. The Superhero Run is a family friendly event that invites runners of all ages and experience levels to dress as their favorite superhero and walk, jog, run or “fly” to benefit the Seminole County Guardian Ad Litem program and abused and neglected children in Central Florida.

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5K Zombie Run

In their own words: Face your fear as you run from the undead through trails and wooded paths. The Zombies are ready and ravenous.

The choice is yours:
-Be a Runner (human) and run from the Zombies.
-Be a Zombie and pull the runner’s flags as they run through your “Zombie Zone.”

Runners wear 3 flags on a belt. Protect these flags, they’re your “life.” Zombies are staged throughout the course ready to chase you and steal your flags. Try to survive, if you can… Lose your flags, and you can still finish the course as a runner. Look for Safe Zones at mile markers 1 and 2 with water, and pick up an extra life flag! Prepare for walkers, runners, crawlers… and some surprises.

Choose to become a member of the Zombie Horde instead, and polish your human hunting skills while adorned in true flesh-eating fashion, compliments of the event’s expert make-up team, followed by a visit to our Blood Splatter zone (both incl w/reg). Makeup is free of charge, though tips are appreciated!

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