Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
2
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
1.3
PRODUCTION
1.3
SWAG
2
Run through paradise alongside our award-winning beaches in the Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K or Kid’s Fun Run. The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the Panama City Beach Marathon presented by Visit Panama City Beach and sponsored by Verizon. The 26.2 mile race has become a staple … MORE
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    This is the second year my running this race. I love to support local races, especially here in Panama City. Even though the course is not closed, we still enjoy … MORE

    This is the second year my running this race. I love to support local races, especially here in Panama City. Even though the course is not closed, we still enjoy a run along the beach and back. What has not changed since last year are the logistics of providing a safe envnornment for runners. Imagine our suprise when at mile 2,3,4 7 and 11 when they had no water or ran out of cups to provide water to runners. At mile 11 I were offered a gallon jug of water to drink out of because of no cups. I were even berated by someone delivering water after we passed a water stop because runners were mentioning the stop was out of water. With the conditions as warm and humid as it was, this was an issue of safety for the runners out there. I had thought about switching to the marathon but glad I did not becuase ot the water situation. The volunteers were great dealing with what they were given but they too should have not been put in that position in dealing with angry and thirsty runners. I don’t think I will be back next year unless changes are made and runner safety is the top priority for the race directors.

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    1
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    1
    SCENERY
    1
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    2

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

    I ran this race for the first time in 2017. It's within driving distance for me. The marathon was much smaller than I expected for a beach race. Being in … MORE

    I ran this race for the first time in 2017. It’s within driving distance for me.
    The marathon was much smaller than I expected for a beach race. Being in December, the beach was empty but most shops/restaurants were also closed for the season.
    COURSE: First off, I’m not a fan of flat courses. This is a pancake flat course with about a 25 foot gain/loss according to my Garmin. It’s basically an out & back with a few out & backs inside a state park. The road was partially under construction (for 2017) and traffic was not halted. There were several instances where cars came frighteningly close to runners. Police were at major intersections. The water stations were at each mile which is great giving the heat that day. The high temp on race day was in the high 70s. However, several were running out of cups and sports drink was rare! This was a major problem for a lot of runners! The stations were also manned by volunteers who clearly had no desire to be there and had no experience with races. At one station I passed – the guys were sitting in their car on their phones and didn’t notice that we had even passed and walked up to pick up a cup. Then there were one or two manned by older individuals (there was a group of older ladies) who were very enthusiastic.
    The course was also poorly marked. A local who was familiar with the course was running with me and he is the only reason I went the correct way on several intersections. More arrows and volunteers are needed at turns & turnarounds. As far as the scenery, it was so-so. There was only one section where you could see the beach. May 2-3 miles worth. The rest was the busy Front Beach Blvd (with traffic) and then neighborhoods. The neighborhoods were nice, but being a beach race, It would have been nice to see the actual beach for more than a few miles.
    FINISH LINE: They had water & oranges. That’s it. (Margaritaville was giving out free beer & gumbo.) There were a lot of people finishing dehydrated and overheated (from lack of sports drink on the course!). There was no ambulance or medical staff present either. This is a major problem!

    Overall – With a race that claims “Run through Paradise,” they have some serious cleaning up to do. I wouldn’t pay to run this race again.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    1

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    swphotog FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was PCB's inaugural race and while I know effort was put into it, it fell short of expectations. The course was not closed to traffic so we ran most … MORE

    This was PCB’s inaugural race and while I know effort was put into it, it fell short of expectations. The course was not closed to traffic so we ran most of the marathon hugging a very small shoulder with traffic. Course support was so-so…volunteers weren’t overly helpful or friendly. By the end they just set cups out on a table and said help yourself. There wasn’t any food left by the time we finished and we were lucky to find a bottle of water. The course must not have been advertised locally because there were almost zero spectators which was a little disappointing. It unfortunately wasn’t a race I will run again.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    1
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    3

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