Course Certification/Boston Qualifying
The Tallahassee Marathon is a USATF sanctioned event and both the marathon and half marathon races are run on USATF certified courses. The Tallahassee Marathon is a qualifying course for the Boston Marathon.
The Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon begins on Monroe Street across the street from the Florida Capitol. Runners begin travelling north through Downtown before turning onto the rolling hills of the Glenview Drive residential area, through trendy Midtown, and on the tree-lined Calhoun Street and Franklin Boulevard.
After passing the Smoky Hollow Commemoration, runners loop around Cascades Park beside ponds and open green spaces, then climb the Lafayette Street hill to pass through the beautiful Myers Park neighborhood beside ponds and open green spaces.
The runners next enjoy a long downhill as they cross the Capital Cascades Crossing pedestrian bridge and run along FAMU Way, getting into the Rattler spirit with Florida A&M University to the left and the funky Railroad Square Art Park to the right. The course then follows the pancake-flat St. Marks Trail, a paved footpath in a former railroad bed with sections of tree canopy to enjoy. In the middle of the St. Marks Trail section, the course runs alongside Lake Henrietta and through the Jake Gaither neighborhood, so-named for the legendary Florida A&M football coach.
The runners then make their way toward Florida State University, passing through the Stadium Drive pedestrian tunnel leading past Doak Campbell Stadium and Dick Howser Stadium. The course then crosses through the southwestern end of campus toward the CollegeTown district’s Madison Mile. Runners next make the final ascent up West Madison Street on the southern side of the Civic Center before turning onto Duval Street to head straight home to the finish line at Kleman Plaza.
The course is on completely paved surfaces.
Tentative Course Map. USATF certification number pending.
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We are excited to announce a new relay option. Teams of 4 may participate in the race relay-style, with each team member covering a different section of the course varying between 5 and 9 miles in length. The relay is held on the full marathon course only.
There will be 3 divisions: men, women, and coed. Men’s and women’s teams must include members of a single gender only. Coed teams must include at least 1 member of each gender. Team members must register separately.
More details about the relay are coming soon.
Course Cut-off Time and Event Timing
Both the full and half marathoners will start together at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time. There is a 6-hour cutoff for both races. As a result, all half marathon participants must maintain a pace of 27:48 minutes per mile or faster, and all full marathon participants must maintain a pace of 13:44 per mile or faster. Runners who cannot make the needed time checkpoints at every mile are encouraged to stop as there will not be traffic control, water tables, or a finish time provided to those participants. While they will not be forced to stop, any runners who continue must do so on the sidewalk and not in the road. Unsupported means that police will not be available to stop traffic at intersections and runners will be responsible for their own safety.
Electronic timing will be used and timing mats will be located at the start/finish area. All participants will receive both a gun time and a chip time.
Overall and masters winners in both races will be awarded based on gun time. All other awards will be based on net time.
Full marathon: Cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500 will be given to the top 3 males and females and $250 for the top masters male/female.
Half marathon: Cash awards of $500, $250, and $100 will be given to the top 3 males/females, and $100 for the top masters male/female.
Top 3 age group awards for half marathon race beginning with 14-19, and continuing to 70+. Top 3 age group award for marathon race beginning with 16-19, and continuing to 70+. Top 1 award to each relay team in mens, womens, and coed categories.
Minimum Age Requirements
Participants in the full marathon must be at least 16 years of age on the day of the race. Participants in the half marathon must be at least 14 years of age on the day of the race. ANY participant under the age of 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent. The Race Directors reserve the right to speak with a parent of a participant under 18 years of age and to disallow participation by a minor if we feel the minor is not adequately prepared to participate. Under no circumstance shall anyone under the age of 18 be allowed to register on the morning of the race.
Wheelchair competitors are welcomed at the Tallahassee Marathon. They will start a few minutes before the open field. Wheelchair participants must pre-register at least two weeks prior to the race so we can make proper arrangements. Please contact the race directors if you intend to participate.
Elite Marathon Runners
A limited number of elite athlete entries will be granted which include waived entry fee. Contact the race directors if you are interested in applying for elite runner status. To apply for one of these limited entries a runner must have achieved a full marathon time on a certified course (USATF or equivalent organization) within the qualifying guidelines as listed below in the past year prior to registration date.
- Non-Masters Male: 2 hours, 35 minutes or less
- Masters (40+) Male: 2 hours, 45 minutes or less
- Non-Masters Female: 2 hours, 55 minutes or less
- Masters (40+) Female: 3 hours, 10 minutes or less
The host hotel is the DoubleTree, which is conveniently located a block from the start and the finish. A special group rate of $109 is available, and the hotel is offering a complimentary early breakfast for the group. Reserve your room online here, or if you prefer to call, mention group code TLM.