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Off to the races: Upcoming Florida marathons and 5Ks

By Angele Maraj, Orlando Sentinel

3:14 PM EDT, April 1, 2013

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With its typically flat terrain and agreeable weather, the state of Florida often provides an ideal setting for runners looking for their next 5K or marathon. A variety of running events take place throughout the state and the year, and each brings a different theme, cause or challenge to the forefront. Here are some highlights in upcoming races across Florida.

Athleta Iron Girl Half-Marathon and 5K

Clearwater; April 14, 2013

Another half-marathon and 5K that is part of a national series, the Athleta Iron Girl event in Clearwater aims to provide all women who participate with an opportunity to achieve their personal best, whether they are first-time runners or experienced athletes. www.irongirl.com/Events/Clearwater

The Color Run

Ft. Lauderdale; May 5, 2013

This race is less about speed and more about having a colorful experience with family and friends. There are no age requirements for this 5K; the event organizers only ask that runners wear white in order to achieve the maximum effect. http://thecolorrun.com/ft-lauderdale/

 4th Annual FrankenFooter Half-Marathon & 5K

New Port Richey; October 27, 2013

Halloween costumes are encouraged but not required for this New Port Richey race weekend. Running events include a half-marathon, 5K, Living Dead Challenge and Son of Frankenfooter 1 Miler for children aged 12 and younger. Awards and t-shirts are available for some events. http://www.frankenfooter.com/index.html

 

Run for Your Lives: Zombie 5K

Clermont; November 16, 2013

Hailing itself as “the world’s first interactive zombie-infested obstacle race experience,” Run for Your Lives makes a stop in Central Florida to terrorize runners with a zombie apocalypse-themed challenge course. Passes are available for purchase online by runners, spectators and potential zombies. http://www.runforyourlives.com/orlando-2013/

St. Augustine Half Marathon Weekend

St. Augustine; November 16-17, 2013

Rarely do marathons offer the opportunity for runners to race through history, but the St. Augustine Half Marathon Weekend seeks to do just that. The weekend is designed with active families in mind and includes a kids’ race, 5K, 10K and half-marathon.  It also marks the beginning of the city’s 450 Years of History Celebration. http://staugustinemarathon.com/

Rock N’ Roll Marathon

St. Petersburg; February 9, 2014

Runners will rock the streets of St. Pete during this second annual event, which features a finish line festival complete with live music and refreshments. This race is part of the international 2013-2014 Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series. http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/st-petersburg

Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend

Lake Buena Vista; February 2014 (exact date TBA)

This half-marathon weekend of 2,800 participants, part of the Disney Endurance Series, aims to bring women of all ages together through running events such as the runDisney Kids Races, Royal Family 5K and the actual Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon. All running events take place at Epcot; as with most Disney events, the weekend is designed to accommodate the whole family. http://www.rundisney.com/princess-half-marathon/.

Prison Break Adventure Mud Run

Orlando; March 2014 (exact date TBA)

Part mud run, part prison break adventure, this unique event puts participants in a high-stakes situation in undeveloped terrain. Eye protection is mandatory and bug spray and sunscreen are highly recommended. http://prisonbreakmudrun.com/

13th Annual Race for the Arts 5K

West Palm Beach; March 2014 (exact date TBA)

Race for the Arts is an annual 5K that supports arts programs in Palm Beach County schools. Events include a Kids 1 Miler, Color Me 4K Fun Run/Walk and the 5K Run. Entertainment and raffles will also be available. http://www.raceforthearts.org/

Allstate 13.1 Marathon

Miami Beach; March 2, 2014

Allstate Life Insurance makes a stop in Miami Beach as part of its America’s Half Marathon Series. Runners may participate in a 13.1 marathon or a 5K, both of which begin on Ocean Drive at 12th Street. This series will also make a November stop in Fort Lauderdale. http://www.131marathon.com/miamibeach/

Gate River Run

Jacksonville; March 2014 (exact date TBA)

The 37th Annual Gate River Run hails itself as the “largest 15K in the USA,” with over 23,000 participants in last year’s run. During this championship run, America's top Olympic athletes will also be competing for $85,000 in prize money. http://www.gate-riverrun.com/

UPCOMING

Seven Mile Bridge Run
Marathon, FL
April 13, 2013
www.irongirl.com/Events/Clearwater

Athleta Iron Girl Half-Marathon and 5K
Clearwater, FL
April 14, 2013
www.irongirl.com/Events/Clearwater

Zombie 5K – South Florida
Hialeah, FL
April 27, 2013
http://www.runforyourlives.com/miami-overview-2013/

The Color Run
Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 5, 2013
http://thecolorrun.com/ft-lauderdale/

Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon Weekend
Lake Buena Vista, FL
November 8-9, 2013
http://www.rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon/

Zombie 5K – Central Florida
Clermont, FL
November 16, 2013
http://www.runforyourlives.com/orlando-2013/

St. Augustine Half Marathon Weekend
St. Augustine, FL
November 16-17, 2013
http://staugustinemarathon.com/

Fort Myers Beach Marathon
Fort Myers Beach, FL
November 17, 2013
http://www.fortmyersmarathon.com/

Women's Running Magazine Half Marathon
St. Petersburg, FL
November 24, 2013
http://womenshalf.competitor.com/stpetersburg

Marathon of the Palm Beaches
Palm Beach, FL
December 8, 2013
http://www.runpalmbeaches.com/

Jacksonville Bank Marathon
Jacksonville, FL
December 2013, exact date TBA
http://www.1stplacesports.com/jm.html

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Lake Buena Vista, FL
January 9–12, 2014
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/

ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon
Miami, FL
February 2, 2014
http://www.ingmiamimarathon.com/

Rock N’ Roll Marathon
St. Petersburg, FL
February 9, 2014
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/

Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend
Lake Buena Vista, FL
February 21-23, 2014
http://www.rundisney.com/princess-half-marathon/

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic
Tampa, FL
February 21-23, 2014
http://www.tampabayrun.com

Allstate 13.1 Marathon
Miami Beach, FL
March 2, 2014
http://www.131marathon.com/miamibeach/

Gate River Run
Jacksonville, FL
TBD (March 2014)
http://www.gate-riverrun.com/

12th Annual Race for the Arts 5K
West Palm Beach, FL
TBD March 2014
http://www.raceforthearts.org/

Dances With Dirt – Green Swamp
Dade City, FL
TBD March 2014
http://dwd.runningfitsites.com/greenswamp-home

Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch Marathon
Boys Ranch, FL
TBD March 2014
http://www.stateofmindsports.com/2010/events/running.htm

Citrus Trail Marathon
Inverness, FL
TBD March 2014
http://endeavorracing.com/2013_citrus_register.php

Race for Research
Port St. Lucie, FL
TBD 2014
http://www.tpims.org/news/race-for-research