Countdown To Race Weekend

2018/02/10 12:00:00

Event at a Glance

FRI – February 9, 2018
3:00-7:00pm: Packet Pickup
Location: The Mansion
1218 E New Haven Ave
Melbourne, Florida

SAT – February 10, 2018
6:00am – Race day packet pick-up @ Gazebo at front street park for Florida Today 5K & 8K, Mascot Marathon
10:00am – 6:00pm – Packet Pick-Up for Half, Full & relay
Location –The Mansion
1218 E New Haven Ave
Melbourne, Florida

SUN – February 11th, 2018
5:00am-5:45am(hard close) Packet Pickup
Location – Gazebo at Front Street Park
Marathon & 1/2 Marathon 1/2 Marathon Relay

Avg. Race day Temp.
Sunday race weather is expected to be warm and ranging from 66 degrees at 6 a.m. to 80
degrees at noon.

Course Profile

Very scenic and mostly flat with four bridge crossings for the full and two for the 1/2 marathon. 20 musical acts. 20 miles of flat straight away route for marathoners and 9 for half-marathoners. Potentially ideal running weather. 7 hour time limit for the marathon, and 5 hour time limit for the half marathon.

Start Times

7:00am – 8K start
8:15am – 5K start
8:50am – Mascot Marathon start
9:00am – FREE Kids Run start
9:15am – Coloring the Causeway for a Cure start

6:00am – Full Marathon
6:45am – 1/2 Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Relay


We will have Dedicated Race Pacers for the Half and Full Marathons to guide you through the following distance times:

Half – 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20

Full marathon – 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00




“One of America’s Top 10 Bucket List Waterfront Races,” says Runners World Magazine.

Located in Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast, between Miami and Jacksonville, east of Orlando and Tampa, the Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Weekend makes for a perfect warm winter running destination for runners of all ages and levels. It is held a month after the Disney Marathon. Like a Rock-n-Roll marathon, our event includes up to 20 musical acts along the course of the half and full marathon and half a dozen on the routes of the 5-k and 8-k races.


It is a walker and headphones-friendly event with a seven hour time limit on the Marathon course.  Half Marathoners have 5 hours to complete the event.

A very scenic route awaits and includes four bridge crossings for the full and two for the half-marathon. The course twice takes marathoners to the beach side barrier island and back to the mainland before concluding at the riverfront Front Street Park in downtown Melbourne. The awards ceremony follows with a party featuring yet another live band.

Take the Floridiot Challenge!  Run either or both the 5k and 8k on Saturday and the half or full marathon on Sunday and receive our awesome “Hapless Armadillo” medal!

Register for races individually, and check-in with our Floridiot Tent on Sunday after the race to receive your medal. Floridiot Tent will be at the Gazebo with the merchandise table.

We compost, Recycle, Reuse and are one of the worlds most sustainable running and endurance events. PERIOD.

Expo & Packet Pick-up Info

Due to hurricane related renovations at our expo host hotel, the Melbourne Beach Hilton, we will not be having a pre-race expo during our 2018 weekend of running.
Packet pick up will continue to be the afternoon of Friday, February 9 and all day on Saturday, February 10.
Packet Pick-Up location
Saturday morning packet pick-up (for 5K & 8K runners only) will be available form 6:00am to 6:45am (8K) & 8:00am (5K).
Sunday packet pickup will be available from 5:00am to 5:45am underneath the gazebo at front street park. Hard close at 5:45am.

2018 Pineapple Medal to all Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 1/2 Relay Finishers

Introducing our Saturday, February 10, 2018 Florida Today 5k and 8k Finisher medals featuring the brand new Florida Today logo!!


  • BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL Pineapple medals (recycled metals) to all 1/2 marathon, 1/2 relay and full marathon finishers
  • Tech tees made from recycled materials to ALL pre-registered participants
  • Embroidered Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon logo hats to half marathon, relay and full marathon runners
  • Post-race concerts both race days
  • Pizza and fruit to runners on Saturday
  • Pizza Gallery Pizza, Publix nutrition and brews courtesy of Florida Beer to runners Sunday
  • Gatorade, water and Clif Shots at each stop Sunday
  • Pacers (for BOTH the 1/2 Marathon and full marathon)
  • One of Florida’s Top Boston Marathon qualifying rate – four 5-mile straightaways in the marathon
  • Fun, Fun, Fun in Florida in February



Half & Full Marathons

Florida Today 5k & 8k

Half Marathons Relay