Race Information

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.


Course Description

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.

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 half marathon runners head toward Florida State University, and the full marathon runners turn onto 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 University football coach.

The full marathon runners then re-join the half marathon course and make their way to 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 except for a 0.1 mile dirt access path on the full marathon route only.


Course Maps

Full and Half Marathon Map. Both courses are certified by USA Track & Field.

Full Marathon Course

Click on map image to view full course map (pdf)


Relay

Teams of 4 may participate in the race relay-style, with each team member covering a different section of the course. The relay is held on the full marathon course only. There is a 6-hour cutoff, which means all relay members must be able to run 13:44 per mile or faster.

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.

  • Leg 1 – About 6 miles.
  • Leg 2 – About 6 miles.
  • Leg 3 – About 9 miles.
  • Leg 4 – About 5 miles.

Team members will tag off at Exchange Zones on the course. Download full relay rules and instructions here.


Course Cut-off Time and Event Timing

All races will start together at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time. There is a 6-hour cutoff for both races. However, all half marathoners must maintain a 15 minute per mile average for the first 5 miles of the race. All full marathoners and relay runners 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 unsupported 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.

The race will be scored with an electronic timing system. Timing mats will be located at the start/finish area and at certain spots along the course. All participants will receive both a gun time and a chip time. Runners on the full marathon course will also receive a 13.1-mile split time.


Awards

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

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.


Elite Marathon Runners

A limited number of elite athlete entries will be granted which include waived entry fee. Contact the race directors at marathon@gulfwinds.org 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

Although the Tallahassee Marathon welcomes athletes from all nations, we are not able to provide formal invitations to athletes who require such invitations to travel from their home countries.