Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
2.8
PRODUCTION
3.8
SWAG
3.8
The Five Points of Life marathon course is a Boston Marathon qualifier and USATF certified, and starts in front of the University of Florida Center for Performing Arts and weaves through Gainesville’s most popular running areas. The route takes you past the iconic 34th Street Wall where thousands of UF … MORE
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    runnincarrie FIRST-TIMER '19

    Please see my review for the half marathon reviewing the whole weekend - the 5K was just an added extra the day before the half - part of the challenge … MORE

    Please see my review for the half marathon reviewing the whole weekend – the 5K was just an added extra the day before the half – part of the challenge that I registered for. It was a pretty easy course and I placed! Loved the whole weekend. If looking for a weekend getaway with a destination race to Florida to escape whatever weather you normally experience in February – I highly recommend this race weekend in Gainesville, FL.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    runnincarrie FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race weekend was so much fun. They really kept it very well organized. I enjoyed the expo and a plus meeting Jeff Galloway! The swag was great, loved the … MORE

    This race weekend was so much fun. They really kept it very well organized. I enjoyed the expo and a plus meeting Jeff Galloway! The swag was great, loved the medals and the performance long sleeve shirt I received for doing the challenge – 5K on Saturday, Half on Sunday. It was rather warm for Florida in February I was told – but this Minnesotan enjoyed it! Fun area to explore for the weekend too.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    flrnnr FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first marathon. I liked that it was a smaller race, only about 125 in the marathon. The half marathon was much bigger, ~800. I liked that they … MORE

    This was my first marathon. I liked that it was a smaller race, only about 125 in the marathon. The half marathon was much bigger, ~800. I liked that they split the starts, however it wasn’t clear initially which race stated where. Also, they started them 2 minutes apart but the marathoners ended up having to pass/weave through all of the half marathoners. I recommend starting the smaller marathon first, then having the half marathon start after. Also, it was supposed to start at 6am which I liked as it was HOT. But they pushed it back to 6:15am so more running in the heat. Nice women’s fit t-shirts.

    Good frequent water stops, gatorade and water. Well marked course. Scenery a little boring. Not really hilly but not super flat – definite slight inclines and declines. I would recommend this race, biggest negative was the heat which you can’t control.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    mdtempkins REPEAT RUNNER '19

    8th year running this event. The good: new course runs through Haile Plantation (a pretty, local section of Gainesville). Some may prefer this course since it was flatter. Local brewery … MORE

    8th year running this event. The good: new course runs through Haile Plantation (a pretty, local section of Gainesville). Some may prefer this course since it was flatter. Local brewery post-race since finish line no longer on campus. Race director was responsive and offered to mail my packet if I couldn’t make the race. Five Points of Life is a GREAT cause.

    The bad: no longer runs through UF’s campus or downtown, Archer Road isn’t the best to run down (gets tight in some areas), less festive finish line, cartoonish medal, much less cheerers along the course, only one band during the entire race, disorganized water stations.

    The ugly: race seemed more geared to marathoners than half marathoners even though it appeared there were a lot more half runners. For example, handwritten, small signs for half marathoners that were easily missed but nice, tall markers for marathoners, directions along the course said “marathon course”, more amenities for marathoners at starting line, etc. Also, really poor organization at the split between courses (noticed many people asking which direction or whether they were on the half-marathon course). No representation of UF at the finish line anymore. Also, change of course wasn’t announced until about a month before the race, angering a lot of people.

    If the course stays the same, I’d consider running this again but this is no longer a priority race.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    2

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