The Best Road Races in Florida

Florida has to be one of the best places in the world to indulge your passion for running. What could be better than running in the sunshine and having fun. There are so many great places to go running in Florida from the coast to the Keys. Some of the unique road races in Florida have almost a party theme to them, from rock n’ roll to beer stops. But each and every one of the races will test your endurance and running skills. Here are some of the most popular road races in Florida, as per the feedback from the competitors.

The Miami Marathon

The Miami Marathon
The Miami Marathon

This race regularly attracts over twenty thousand runners each year, and the course is designed to take in some of the most iconic sites around Miami and of course its famous beach area. Like most marathon races, there is also a half-marathon version as well that is also extremely popular. The start is in the downtown area, and the course then meanders to the world-famous Miami Beach area before hitting the art district. Finally, the runners make their way to the finish line at the magnificent Miami Bay.

Pensacola Double Bridge Run

If you want to experience something quite different, why not try the 15K Pensacola Double Bridge Run? As it sounds this fantastic run takes in two iconic bridges, crossing the Santa Rosa Sound and Pensacola Bay. Starting at the picturesque downtown area of Pensacola, the run takes you past many historic buildings before arriving at marvelous Bayfront Parkway, continuing onto Pensacola Beach. This run takes in many iconic sites of the local area including the amazing Gulf Breeze.

Kiwanis Midnight Run

Kiwanis Midnight Run
Kiwanis Midnight Run

This highly unusual road race is now in its forty-first year and offers three racing options – 1K,5K and 10K – and competitors can choose to run in one or all three of the events. It is truly a night race, and the longer 10K is really challenging due to the high humidity that the runners encounter on the Dunedin Causeway. All three races feature the Causeway Boulevard, which has plenty of water stops located along the route. This Midnight Run occurs at night due to the difficult conditions in Kiwanis, but it is still highly challenging.

Space Coast Marathon

This event is nearing its fiftieth year and is the oldest marathon in Florida. This race is based on the East coast of Florida and takes in some of the USATF certified waterfront courses. Runners start at a very quaint Cocoa Village, following a highly scenic route in the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, before returning to Cocoa Riverfront Park. This is an ideal place to end the race as there is so much room for family and friends to gather to welcome the runners back from their grueling race. All these road races pit runners against both the terrain and the conditions. But there is another similarity, and that is the beauty of the courses that the competitors run on, taking in natural beauty as well as historic buildings and iconic sights.

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