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Florida's February filled with 5ks, fun runs and marathons


Ready to get in shape this 2018? Novice and experienced runners have a wide array of marathons to choose from this month all over Florida. Grab the gang, strap on your running shoes and get your run on at one of these heart pumping events.

On Feb. 4, Daytona Beach hosts the annual race from Daytona International Speedway to the beach. Named one of the seven scenic half marathons in America by, this is a unique course in the running world. Can’t make it to Daytona? Also on Feb. 4, qualify for the Boston Marathon in Tallahassee. First held in 1975, this race has become a staple of the cities running events. Finish up the month at Disney World. The 10th annual Disney's Princess Half Marathon will be on Feb. 25 at the end of a weekend full of races. Join the characters of Disney and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to make a run for children’s heath worldwide.

Feb. 3 - Super Hero 5K and 1 Miler; Viera: Friends of Children of Brevard host their 6th Annual Family-Friendly race to benefit the abused, abandoned and neglected children of Brevard County and support the Guardian ad Litem Program. 6:30-9:15 a.m. Registration:

Feb. 3 - Five Points of Life Kids Marathon; Ocala: The Five Points of Life Foundation and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers host their 9th annual race for kids aged K-8 grades. Participants log 25 miles one at a time, with the last 1.2 miles completed on Feb. 3 at the College of Central Florida, 910 a.m. Registration:

Feb. 3 - Holloway Park Trail Half Marathon; Lakeland: Holloway Park Foundation hosts their 4th annual race with a newly-added the Half of a Half or 10.55K. 8 a.m. start time. Prizes limited to the first 150 participants. Registration:

Feb. 4 - Daytona Beach Half Marathon; Daytona Beach: Volusia County Government and Daytona International Speedway takes runners from Daytona International Speedway’s racing apron, onto the main thoroughfare, to the International Speedway Boulevard bridge, east over Daytona Beach, then back to the start/finish line. 6-11:30 a.m. Registration:

Feb. 4 - Tallahassee Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay; Tallahassee: Hosted by Gulf Winds Track Club, The Tallahassee Marathon is a USATF-sanctioned event and both the marathon and half marathon races are run on USATF certified courses, and is a qualifying course for the Boston Marathon. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration:

Feb. 10 - Brevard Zoo’s Bat Boogie 3k; Melbourne: This is the 5th race in the Running Zone Foundation Race Series and the 12th annual Brevard Zoo run/walk. Family-friendly race featuring the zoo’s new “bat zone.” 7 a.m. or 7:35 a.m. start times. Registration:

Feb. 11 - Donna Breast Cancer Marathon, Half Marathon, Ultra & 5K; Jacksonville: Starting at ATP Tour Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach, this 11th annual race guides runners and walkers through four beach communities along historic State Road A1A, over the Intracoastal Waterway bridge to finish at the Mayo Clinic. This race is a Boston Maraton qualifier for those runners interested. 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration:

Feb. 11 – The Florida Marathon; Melbourne: Also known as The Publix Florida Marathon, this event includes four bridge crossings for the full and two for the half-marathon. The course twice takes marathoners to the beachside barrier island and back to the mainland before concluding at the riverfront Front Street Park in downtown Melbourne. 6 a.m. start time for the full marathon and 7 a.m. start time for the half marathon and relay. Registration:

Feb. 17 – Gulf Coast Series Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K; Pensacola: Part of a series of races hosted by Mainly Marathons, a certified member organization of USATF, this is day one of the new Gulf Coast races. All races begin at 6:30 a.m. with earlier start times available. There is no time limit for this race. Registration:

Feb. 17 – Orlando Xtreme Half Marathon; Orlando: 14th Annual off-road race held at Magnolia Park. This course is designed to alleviate injury to knees, back and joints and is staged on berm roads, through fields, and single track. Ages 8 and up. 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register:

Feb. 17 – 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness; Melbourne: Brevard PALS host this 9th Annual run/walk to benefit families affected by Autism in Brevard County. Race begins at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment at FIT. 8 a.m. 5K start time and 9:15 a.m. Kids Fun Run start time. Register:

Feb. 17 & 18 – Five Points of Life Race Weekend; Gainesville: Hosted by Foundation of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, this 13th Annual race aims to raise awareness of the need for lifesaving donations of blood, apheresis, marrow, cord blood, and organ and tissue. Run Only, Run or Run/Walk. Family-friendly race with 5K available for kids under 14 years old. Start times vary. For race days and registration visit:

​​​​​​​Feb. 18 – Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon; Fort Lauderdale: This is wheelchair-friendly race as well as a Boston Marathon qualifier. Featuring 26.2 miles of unobstructed ocean views, this is a fast, flat course. Wheelchair participants start time is 5:45 a.m. with 6 a.m. start time for marathon and half marathon participants. Ages 15 and up. Registration:

Feb. 19 – Eye of the Dragon 10K & Tail of the Lizard 2 Mile; Melbourne: Hosted by Space Coast Runners, this race runs along Pineapple Avenue and across the Eau Gallie Causeway. The 2 mile fun run/walk is also an out and back, over the causeway. Start Times: 5:45 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. for 10K. 5:45 a.m. – 8 a.m. for 2 mile. Eye of the Dragon 10K start time: 7 a.m. Tail of the Lizard 2 Mile start time: 8:30 a.m. Register:

Feb. 25 – Disney's Princess Half Marathon; Orlando: Join Disney and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for their magical 10th annual race. Races all weekend includes five events: runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, runDisney Kids Races, Disney Princess 5K, Disney Princess Enchanted 10K and Disney Princess Half Marathon. This marathon features a women’s themed half marathon, a 13.1-mile course through Magic Kingdom and Epcot, Disney entertainment and characters, a family reunion area, and event weekend transportation for all Walt Disney World Resort guests. All skill sets welcome. 5:30 a.m. start time.

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