Overall Rating
Overall Rating (18 Reviews)
4.4
(18 Ratings)(18 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.1
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
3.9
SWAG
4.5
2017 EVENT CANCELLED. From race website (11/3/17): The 2017 Everglades Half Marathon & Biscayne 5K has been Cancelled. The Bad News: The 2017 Everglades Half Marathon & Biscayne 5K has been cancelled. The Good News: All registered runners will receive refunds in the next week. Since Hurricane Irma hit South … MORE
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    chipperjones20 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a great first time course as it is FLAT and in November which is the cool time for South Florida. Miles of pristine beauty and a rare opportunity … MORE

    This is a great first time course as it is FLAT and in November which is the cool time for South Florida. Miles of pristine beauty and a rare opportunity to run through the ACTUAL park!! Medal is AWESOME!!!! I WILL RETURN

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    sallysagator2 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The race was beautiful. If you are used to crowd support in city races, this is not the race for you, but if you just like trotting through beautiful scenery … MORE

    The race was beautiful. If you are used to crowd support in city races, this is not the race for you, but if you just like trotting through beautiful scenery with lovely people and flat, fast courses, definitely sign up! The race did start a bit late, so the earlier restrooms were a bit crowded, but other than that registration, bib pick-up, and race were pretty fantastic!

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    bragmankc REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Largest medal I own now! The scenery is gorgeous and I loved being so close to the nature and wildlife of the Everglades. Course is flat with great aid stations. … MORE

    Largest medal I own now! The scenery is gorgeous and I loved being so close to the nature and wildlife of the Everglades. Course is flat with great aid stations. Only thing that needed some work was claiming items that were allowed to be left at mile 3 aid station, otherwise the event was well run and organized.

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    jtsand15 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I loved the race course and being deep in the everglades. Clean fun, and friendly. Emergency personnel should have been on post ahead of time. Be prepared to walk a … MORE

    I loved the race course and being deep in the everglades. Clean fun, and friendly. Emergency personnel should have been on post ahead of time. Be prepared to walk a lot before and after race time.

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    StarrunnerPrime FIRST-TIMER '16

    I couldn't have asked for a better run for my first half-marathon. The race was flat so made for an easy run. Especially great, since it was my first half … MORE

    I couldn’t have asked for a better run for my first half-marathon. The race was flat so made for an easy run. Especially great, since it was my first half marathon. The weather was perfect, I was expecting a lot of humidity considering it was in the everglades; however, since it was November the temp was perfect (60s to start and warmer towards the end) and the humidity was low (still there but not bad). The water/break stops were plentiful and well run (no pun intended). The SWAG was great, I love having my name on the shirt and the medal with the Alligator on the back was really great. My only complaint was that it started half an hour late, but this was probably because it was the first one on this course. I’m sure the next one will flow much easier. OH… and I can’t forget it was great running with gators off to the side of the path, fortunately they were fairly mellow at this time of the year and day. I believe I saw six overall.

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    backesla FIRST-TIMER '16

    Vacation Races put on a wonderful event. The course was spectacular, the expo was wonderful and the swag is the best part. Their medals are some of the nicest I … MORE

    Vacation Races put on a wonderful event. The course was spectacular, the expo was wonderful and the swag is the best part. Their medals are some of the nicest I have ever seen and I love earning them. This particular race, in the Everglades, was on a flat, fast course. I actually didn’t PR, which was disappointing, but I also indulged a little while staying in Miami and that impacted performance. The course was within the boundaries of the park and you got to see some really pretty portions of the Everglades, as well as some of the wildlife it offers.
    I have one and only one complaint. The race started about 30 mins late. Now, this wasn’t a huge deal, but when you are mentally prepared to start at a particular time, any delay really has the potential to make you anxious. The shuttle service they provided was slow for some but I found it to be adequate considering the amount of people that were in one particular place at one particular time. I can’t complain about my experience. The folks that put on the race did a wonderful job and I plan on running every single one!

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    jllewis REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Watch out for wildlife! The race start was delayed for a very long time. Due to waiting so long my electronic devices were dead before the race was over. It … MORE

    Watch out for wildlife! The race start was delayed for a very long time. Due to waiting so long my electronic devices were dead before the race was over. It was also not very organized getting to and from the part on the bus. There was alot of waiting during the entire event.

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    roseschneider18 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was vacation race's first race at the Everglades National Park & the first race held within the park boundaries. It was a beautiful, flat race with alligators within feet … MORE

    This was vacation race’s first race at the Everglades National Park & the first race held within the park boundaries. It was a beautiful, flat race with alligators within feet of the path.

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    jms0050 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Different from some races where you have the cheering crowds along the Route. This was peaceful serene glorious nature. Saw quite a few alligators in the water alongside the narrow … MORE

    Different from some races where you have the cheering crowds along the Route. This was peaceful serene glorious nature. Saw quite a few alligators in the water alongside the narrow route. Had my photo taken with gator in the back ground. Who get to do that? . Awesome!

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    k.muscedere REPEAT RUNNER '16

    A course you're not going to find many other places, it's Everglades National Park after all. Flat and paved but there isn't a lot of shade so be sure to … MORE

    A course you’re not going to find many other places, it’s Everglades National Park after all. Flat and paved but there isn’t a lot of shade so be sure to pack your sunblock. If you’re feeling sprightly you can take a quick climb up the Shark Valley Observation Tower during the race to see some incredible scenery. There was plenty of wildlife around to entertain as well.

    The start was delayed due to medical getting caught up in the race traffic, about 30 minutes if I remember correctly, but we just spent that time watching the sun rise and looking for wildlife. Didn’t care for the mile walk to the start and from the finish back to the shuttle dropoff/pickup. No lodging close to the race so plan for the drive as well as time to take the shuttle over and back.

    All that said, I don’t doubt that the 2017 race will be even better now that Vacation Races has this experience under their belt. Plus the medal is a stunner.

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    tygerlyly REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Great race. Run alongside alligators in a "sea of grass". The Florida Everglades - unique and beautiful ecosystem - up close and personal. Being a native and loving the outdoors, … MORE

    Great race. Run alongside alligators in a “sea of grass”. The Florida Everglades – unique and beautiful ecosystem – up close and personal. Being a native and loving the outdoors, I truly enjoyed the experience.
    Vacation Races did an amazing job. It was an inaugural event and went off, virtually, without a hitch. Start time had a minor delay – due to traffic in to parking lot (2 lane roadway) – but was not too terrible. Looking forward to running with them in 2017 and beyond.

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    dumais2012 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Location was inside the park which was really cool. Seeing the awesome scenery and wildlife was a huge plus. Great swag as always. The medals are in a class by … MORE

    Location was inside the park which was really cool. Seeing the awesome scenery and wildlife was a huge plus. Great swag as always. The medals are in a class by themselves.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 18, 2017 at 3:42pm

    Awesome picture, Christopher! Gotta be one of my top 5 favorite race photos – we even featured it in our February RaceRaves newsletter. Glad to see you made friends with…

    Awesome picture, Christopher! Gotta be one of my top 5 favorite race photos – we even featured it in our February RaceRaves newsletter. Glad to see you made friends with the locals! ;)

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    dumais2012 Mar 18, 2017 at 4:35pm

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    Deeplomassy FIRST-TIMER '16

    I really enjoyed this flat course and the gorgeous scenery of the Everglades. I actually paused in my run twice to take pictures of alligators who were within ten feet … MORE

    I really enjoyed this flat course and the gorgeous scenery of the Everglades. I actually paused in my run twice to take pictures of alligators who were within ten feet of me on the side of the trail. The race was well organized, although you do have to walk about a mile and a half to the start line. Also, there was a big line for the shuttles from the parking lot to the start of the walk, so get there early. That said, one of my favorite races so far! I stayed and did an official park tram tour afterwards, which was totally worth it.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 18, 2017 at 7:10pm

    Congrats and love your gator photo Crystal, thanks so much for including it! Amazing that you were able to run so close to the wildlife, I'd imagine that kept your… MORE

    Congrats and love your gator photo Crystal, thanks so much for including it! Amazing that you were able to run so close to the wildlife, I'd imagine that kept your attention focused on the course. Glad you saw them before they saw you! :) LESS

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    dbrent FIRST-TIMER '16

    Great event: Well organized, beautiful scenery, flat fast course. Weather was great. My one complaint is that the walk from the staging area to the start and from the finish … MORE

    Great event: Well organized, beautiful scenery, flat fast course. Weather was great. My one complaint is that the walk from the staging area to the start and from the finish back to the staging area was painfully long…especially after the race was finished and your legs were sore. Still, I would gladly do it again.

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    devinmonas FIRST-TIMER '16

    Fast course and beautiful. Goes right through the everglades and perfectly flat. Only improvement would be traffic control, but I think this will be improved next year MORE

    Fast course and beautiful. Goes right through the everglades and perfectly flat. Only improvement would be traffic control, but I think this will be improved next year

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    scutles FIRST-TIMER '16

    Great flat course just forgot my backbrace so did horrible. Not mant hotels close to the venue. The race did start over 30 minutes late which sucked and at the … MORE

    Great flat course just forgot my backbrace so did horrible. Not mant hotels close to the venue. The race did start over 30 minutes late which sucked and at the end of the race it was horrible waiting for transportation to bring you back to your cars!!! That really needs improvement

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    chrisjmartinez FIRST-TIMER '16

    Running on the trail was awesome with all the gators, birds, snakes, and other wildlife. Aid stations were nicely spaced and well stocked. Only downside was the late start which … MORE

    Running on the trail was awesome with all the gators, birds, snakes, and other wildlife. Aid stations were nicely spaced and well stocked. Only downside was the late start which made the sun/heat/humidity more of a factor than it should have.

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    halftwisted FIRST-TIMER '16

    Race morning greeted us with a beautiful sunrise and a very cool 13.1 mile course complete with alligators, exotic birds and awesome runners. This inaugural event was another successful event … MORE

    Race morning greeted us with a beautiful sunrise and a very cool 13.1 mile course complete with alligators, exotic birds and awesome runners. This inaugural event was another successful event from Vacation Races. There was plenty of aid support, great volunteers and the weather was less humid than I had expected. To be able to actually run inside the Everglades National Park was an experience of a lifetime. The course was pretty flat with Everglades on both sides of the running path. As usual. I was greeted at the finish line with one of the best finisher medals on can receive. All in all another great experience with Vacation Races and cant wait for the next one!

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