The marathon course is a Boston Marathon qualifier and USATF certified, and starts in front of the University of Florida Center for Performing Arts and weaves through Gainesville’s most popular running areas. The route takes you past the iconic 34th Street Wall where thousands of UF students and Gainesville residents have commemorated important events in their lives and in the community. You’ll be challenged by the historic hills of 16th Avenue, a popular training route of Frank Shorter who won the 1972 Olympic gold medal in the marathon, and will enjoy Gainesville’s beautiful Duck Pond and downtown areas.
The course will also take you through Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home to the 2008 National Championship Florida Gators, and past Lake Alice where you may see some real gators sunning themselves on the shores. A festive post race party welcomes you to the finish line where you’ll enjoy pizza, refreshments, live entertainment and awards.
All proceeds from the weekend benefit the Five Points of Life Foundation, who raises awareness for the five ways to share life through the donation of blood, apheresis, marrow, organ/tissue and cord blood.
Event details and schedule
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017
5 Points 5K - 8:00 a.m.
Overall finisher and age group awards, to the top three finishers, will be given out immediately following the event.
Five Points of Life Kids Marathon - 9:15 a.m.
Kids, Kindergarten through 8th grade, run or walk 25 miles prior to race day and record each mile on the log sheet. They’ll run the last 1.2 miles on race day, completing a full marathon. All registrants receive a T-shirt, race number and goodie bag. Each finisher will receive a medal marking their achievement.
At the UF Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017
Marathon & Half Marathon - 7:00 a.m.
A prize going to the top 5 marathon finishers (male and female) and top 3 half marathon finishers (male and female). Age group awards, to the top three finishers, will be given out as well. All registrants receive a technical shirt, race number and race packet. The Post-Race celebration and awards ceremony will take place at the finish line. The half marathon awards will begin at 10 a.m. and the marathon awards will begin at noon.
Marathon Relay - 7:00 a.m.
The first four runners will run 5 mile segments while the fifth runner will run a 6.2 mile segment for the last leg of the race. Transportation will be provided to and from transition locations. The top three teams will receive awards at the marathon award ceremony. Each participant will receive a technical shirt, race number and race packet.
Five Points of Life Foundation