WARNING: Before you continue reading, be advised these events are destined to be the worst ever. Set your expectations low—very low—so that your disappointment will be minimal. We don’t promise much, and will likely provide even less.
All distances start at 4:00. Optional late start at 6:00 only for the 10K and 5K. Time limit: 9 hours
These races are NOT for people who want a cleverly designed t-shirt or hat, great bling (actually, any bling), cute reusable race bag, spectators lining the course, crowds cheering you in, hearty food at the finish, exciting music, fancy age group awards, and a party afterward, all on a certified course. There are plenty of events out there for you.
No, these races are bare bones, low-key events for those who simply can’t survive a long holiday weekend without a triple. You get low entry fees, courses that are probably long, a cheap finisher’s medal, minimal support, and a generous time limit. But who needs that other stuff? As one of the cool kids, you know all you need is an event to run and a finish time. You know you want to sign up.
The only aid station is at the start/finish. Water and Gatorade will be provided, along with a few light snacks. This is a cupless race. Bring your own hydration device — water bottle, hydration belt/pack. Orlando is hot and humid. Ice will be provided for as long as possible. Also, you will need a light for the first couple of hours.
The marathon course is twelve out-and-back laps of approximately 2.2 miles; the half marathon course is six laps. The paved, urban run/bike trail is flat, partly shaded. This is an open course, and includes one street crossing. You are responsible for crossing safely. The 5K and 10K courses are two and four laps of approximately 1.55 miles. Turnarounds will be clearly marked.
The start/finish is in a small pavilion, where you may leave a drop bag.
Please do not arrive at the start earlier than 3:30. Also, please be quiet at the start/finish area for the first 4 hours.