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Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
3.9
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
4
Located in Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast, between Miami and Jacksonville, east of Orlando and Tampa, the Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Weekend makes for a perfect warm winter running destination for runners of all ages and levels. It is held a month after the Disney Marathon. Like a … MORE
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    djpremonition FIRST-TIMER '21

    I will preface my review of the 2021 race with this, COVID-19 + thunderstorms are severe & uncontrollable factors. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I appreciate … MORE

    I will preface my review of the 2021 race with this, COVID-19 + thunderstorms are severe & uncontrollable factors. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I appreciate this race company doing a solid job with what they had to work with.

    The course was great overall. It’s flat for the majority with a couple challenges as you go uphill over two short bridge sections (save some energy and power for right after the 12 mile marker but remember what goes up must come down). I enjoyed the scenery much more once we got out of downtown Melbourne and into the beach side of things with the limited cheer crowds being awesome and fun.

    It wasn’t a crazy hot day but humid enough for me to hydrate at almost every water stop (double what I normally do for a half) but the staff/volunteers were well stocked with water bottles, Gatorade bottles, GU gels, even some bananas at the midway stop. And there was plenty of things to help me recover at the finish line as well.

    I picked up my packet 20 mins before race start and missed the expo the day before so can’t really comment on that experience but it was seamless for me to grab my bib on race day. They had little place markers all around the staging area pre-race to ensure runners stayed 6ft apart which was by far the best I’ve seen at a race since the pandemic.

    Because there were thunderstorms coming in the area about 20 mins after I crossed the finish, most of the full marathoners were divert to finish with the half runners which really sucked for those runners but who can control the weather right? Also with that and Covid restrictions, the post race party wasnt really a thing but I would love to see what its like for that in previous or future years.

    My main complaint would be the swag. The medal is nice, solid but for the amount I paid ($100) I expect more than just the medal. If you wanted a shirt you had to purchase and there was no bag or anything with local business treats. We did get a beer at the end of the race so that’s always a plus!

    Overall I would run this race again but only if and when they are in full non-restricted mode.

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    2
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is an annual race off the space coast in Florida sponsored by Publix. Every year they have a different kind of produce for a theme which I love since … MORE

    This is an annual race off the space coast in Florida sponsored by Publix. Every year they have a different kind of produce for a theme which I love since I love my fruits & veggies. This year it was the year of the Tangerine. My beloved orange cat is named Tangerine so I knew I had to run it! It also worked out perfectly that my trip coincided 2 weeks after my second covid vaccine making me finally feel ready to fly to a race (I was actually relieved Louisiana got postponed even if I can’t make the new date and have to wait until 2022). Logistics, Melbourne is about an hour east of Orlando so this race is very convenient to get to. I flew into Orlando Friday and was happy the race had race day pick up so I could spend Saturday at Disney World. Since I was at Disney I didn’t go to the expo Saturday so can’t comment. After Disney I drove to my hotel in Melbourne. I stayed at the Holiday Inn express in Melbourne. Nice staff who allowed late check out for runners and had an early breakfast of granola bars and bananas out starting at 4am for runners. The RD emailed a nice pre race packet with all the race information about 2 weeks before the race. The weather forecast didn’t look good the morning of the race with scattered thunderstorms predicted all morning. Luckily at least initially the weather seemed good. It is an early 6am start for the marathon and 6:30 start for the half so I got up about 5 and it was about a 10 minute drive to the race. There weren’t really hotels at the start line. I parked in the public structure recommended in the packet. Just a warning the packet said it was $5 but they jacked up the price to a whole $7 (lol still so much less than I paid for parking at California races) and it was cash only. It was about a 5 minute walk to packet pick up and the start. Packet pick up was smooth. You got a tote bag and people like myself who registered early got a shirt but due to financial issues from lack of sponsors during the pandemic they stopped offering shirts to participants who registered later but this was clearly communicated and I appreciated the honest communication from the RD. Shirt is long sleeve and tech so useful for me but fabric feels a little cheaper than some of my other tech shirts but the design is nice. Covid protocols were definitely not as strict as other races I’ve done because well it is Florida but everything was outdoors and the majority of people were wearing masks and trying to space out. The announcer was encouraging everyone to mask and social distance at least but there were a handful of runners not listening. My biggest non-covid related complaint of the start is there was nowhere near enough porta potties. After I brought my packet back to my car and returned to the start I literally waited in line for the bathroom until 6:29 when I quickly did my business and then just went to the back of the corral area as the half marathon was starting. They said there would be self seeded waves or something but it seemed to just start and everyone went but the corral was big and people were mostly spaced out. There was a nice number of participants (around 500 or 600 half marathoners) for a normal year where you were always running with people but it wasn’t hard to pass since I did end up in the back of the corral with the walkers so had to pass a lot of people. The starting temp was perfect but man the humidity. It was around 95% humidity and I did feel it but it was nice to run in a tank and shorts. The course is really nice. It is a loop around the water and there are water views most of the race. Other than a tiny out and back around mile 4 there is no repeating any part of the course for the half (the whole is 2 loops so that is all repeated). The course was pancake flat except 2 bridges with only 99 ft of elevation gain the entire race. That was less than my 3 miler 3 weeks ago. The uphill on the bridge was a little tough and I power walked it due to my issues with humidity but I did see some really cool birds fly by on the bridge. After you cross the bridge there are some really fancy waterfront houses across it. There were aid stations about every 1.5 to 2 miles. Unfortunately there were small water bottles and 3 had gatorade bottles and endurance gels too. Seemed very wasteful with some many thrown out half empty bottles (but I understand how it is more hygienic) but I needed a ton of water and electrolytes with the humidity and needed more than I was carrying. There were also plenty of porta potties on the course with never more than 1 person in line. The race was going pretty well, a little slow due to humidity but I was on pace to potentially make 2:30 if I had a good push at the end. However at mile 11 it started to rain. At first it was nice. Then at mile 11.5 the sky opened up, there was thunder and lightening, it was downpouring and there was even some hail. Yikes this was the worst weather I have ever run in. I was also a little scared to be on the bridge at the end of the race in the storm but also wanted to finish since I was so close. I was absolutely drenched and could not enjoy the downhill finish. I did not get the under 2:30 finishing time I wanted but I don’t think my finish time was too bad all things considered. At the finish line you got your medal which is big, beautiful and tangerine themed. My cat will love it. There was some dole pineapple juice which was a nice refreshing treat, water, gatorade, red bull and beer for those who drink it. There was not much food just fruit but I had some snacks in my car. With the horrible weather there was absolutely no gathering after the race. In normal years it sounds like the post race party is fun. They ended up pulling marathoners off the course right about the time I finished due to the dangerous weather so only the super fast marathoners finished. I thought about switching this to the marathon when Louisiana postponed since I am trying to do 2 marathons and a 50K in 90 days to qualify for marathon maniacs and am so happy I didn’t. Although in good weather this wouldn’t be a bad course to run twice for the marathon. I did think this was a good race and my main complaints (the weather and a few Floridians who refuse to wear masks) were not the RD’s fault. I plan to run a race in Florida most years since it is easy to fly to from Rochester or Buffalo. Next year I am planning to do Miami but I’d consider this one again in the future and hope for better weather but based on other reviews from previous years bad weather seems the norm but usually not this bad. Aww the irony of taking a trip to run a half marathon in nice weather and instead would have preferred to run in 20 degree weather with snow over the weather I got. Even with the weather I still had a great trip to Florida! Crossing my fingers Vegas has better weather for Red Rock!

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 08, 2021 at 1:43pm

    Ah, such is the life of the traveling runner! Sounds like Florida in the winter, all right... though living here in California where Disneyland has lay dormant for the better… MORE

    Ah, such is the life of the traveling runner! Sounds like Florida in the winter, all right... though living here in California where Disneyland has lay dormant for the better part of a year, it feels surreal to hear you talk about spending a Saturday at Disney World. Glad you finished safely and YES, great call on the half over the marathon... there'll be plenty of time to qualify for MM in more forgiving conditions. And glad to hear you got your second vaccination, your immune system should be well prepared for Red Rock later this month. Awesome review as always, and congrats on adding Florida to your 50 States Map! 👏 LESS

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    seagroves87 Feb 08, 2021 at 5:29pm

    I know! Not being able to go to Disneyland one more time before I moved out of LA was one of the things I was saddest to miss out on… MORE

    I know! Not being able to go to Disneyland one more time before I moved out of LA was one of the things I was saddest to miss out on due to the pandemic (along with all the races I signed up for of course!). Hopefully both Disneyland and races will come back to California soon...at the very least by May 2022 when I am planning to go to Disneyland and do the OC marathon LESS

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    Cyea25 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Flat, easy course, with a great after party. Even though it was rainy, was a good time and had people cheering on the course! Small but good expo! Great swag MORE

    Flat, easy course, with a great after party. Even though it was rainy, was a good time and had people cheering on the course! Small but good expo! Great swag

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    SCENERY
    3
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    Margo7 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The organizers of this great running event have delivered yet again. This was my third Publix half-marathon and while I was hoping that third time would be the charm – … MORE

    The organizers of this great running event have delivered yet again. This was my third Publix half-marathon and while I was hoping that third time would be the charm – it wasn’t. Mainly because I still had a bit of a cold and breathing posed a challenge. Apart from that, the route was just as lovely and difficult as last year with two causeways to cross. On the second one there was a piano with a colorful bouquet on it and enchanting tunes were flying all around. There were other great musicians and singers along the course and that really made a difference. I thoroughly enjoyed their performances. Maybe it was just me, but the red carpet at the finish line seemed more red, plush and soft than in previous years. It made me feel somewhat victorious despite my not-so-great performance in this race. Since the avocado is the patron of this race, the finisher medals were in the shape of cute avocados with smiling faces, dangling legs and revolving pits in the middle. The post-race support was great with a variety of cold drinks – not just beer – fruits and snacks. All in all this is a great running event to be in at the Space Coast.

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    4
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Expo was small but nice! Easy in and out! With packet pickup available the day of the race as well. Parking was very easy (even for out of towner’s) -short … MORE

    Expo was small but nice! Easy in and out! With packet pickup available the day of the race as well. Parking was very easy (even for out of towner’s) -short walk to race start. Plenty of bathrooms at race start/finish, as well positioned along the course. Aid stations were perfectly placed. Highly recommend a throw off for the cool start. The bridges allowed to stretch out with up/down hill while the rest of the course was (pancake) flat. Traffic control was great, as well as the musical diversity! Volunteers A+…swag was good including a wicking long sleeved shirts, avocados, tons of free beer, cute medal (although I honestly was not a fan). Race director was very friendly, and humble! I especially enjoyed the scenery (saw dolphins feeding off the back of a boat). Very cute town!

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    2
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    cassidymegan3 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Yes - it rained this year but the race director has no control over the weather. in 2018 it was blazing hot so I'll take the rain any day. • … MORE

    Yes – it rained this year but the race director has no control over the weather. in 2018 it was blazing hot so I’ll take the rain any day.
    • Packet Pick-up •
    I picked up my packet the morning of the race. It was pretty simple – stand in the MARATHON line, state your last name, and get your bib, T-shirt, hat, and goody bag.
    • Parking •
    There is plenty of parking along the road near the park where the race ends. A lot of people try to park in the actual park, but it is blocked off and -even if they managed – you would be stuck until the end of the race. We parked 2 blocks away in a parking lot. When we came back to drop off our bags in our car, we saw that they were charging $7.00 for event parking.
    • Port-a-potty situation •
    There were 4 rows (2 rows back-to-back) of port-a-potties near the start line. I used one at 5:30-ish (race started at 6:00) and it looked like I was the first one who had used it (all of the TP was still wrapped up.) Since no one was waiting, I sort of used it as an opportunity to stay out of the rain, adjust my belts, and hat, take inventory of my supplies (salt pills, GUs, etc.)…and really just stay out of the rain. Why not?
    •The course•
    The course starts at a small park on the Indian River in Melbourne, FL. You go up a small hill and make your way to US 1. With the exception of a (maybe) 1-mile stretch through some neighborhoods and a park’s parking lot, you are running on highways with the right-most lane closed for runners. At mile 5.5, you approach the first bridge with is the Eua Gallie Causeway – it is an inter-coastal bridge that crosses over the Indian River and is just about a 1-mile climb and I read that the elevation change is only about 30 feet. They usually have a white grand piano at the top and a pianist playing music, but due to the rain this year, they could not. After you descend the bridge, there is a series of tents that looks like it could be a water/aid station, but it is not: it is the exchange point for half-marathon relay participants. The aid station is about a half a mile past that and there was severely potent Gatorade at that stop this year. Both me and a lady I was running with spat it out, it was so sour. I asked a passerby (who looked like a spectator) if she could go back and ask them to water it down a bit.
    After the Eau Gaille Causeway, we turn down Riverside drive and they have musicians along the road and volunteers from the local schools to sheer you on and pass out water. I tried the pickle juice – not bad, especially after the undrinkable Gatorade at the previous stop, I needed some electrolytes. If you can run where the road is flat, I always recommend that because this road does bank a lot as it winds a bit and if you have hip issues, it can hurt if you run on the slope.
    After this long road (about 3 miles with the little side-step into a neighborhood), you come to the next bridge, the Melbourne Causeway, which is a lot like the other bridge and if you are lucky, you can see dolphins. The half marathon splits off and you repeat the loop a 2nd time.
    •Finish line•
    There is a green inflatable archway with the Publix Logo on it that they tell you at the start is NOT the finish line. If you are listening to music or ignoring the pre-race announcements, you will be disappointed if you think that this is the finish line. The finish line is about 400 ft past that arch.
    I paced the 4:30 marathon group at this event so I was freaked out as I approached the finish line and saw that the clock said 4:22:something, even though my average pace on my watch said 10:16 and I saw it click to 10:17. I stopped in a panic and a spectator told me it was 10:30a.m. so I should have been good. Once I crossed, another person told me that the clock was displaying clock time for the half marathon start which bothered me a lot because (this is snobby, but) someone taking 4½ hours on a half marathon probably does not care about his or her time. Imagine the elation of someone striving for a BQ, and seeing – let’s say – 3:30 as they approach only to find out that they really finished at a 3:37 or a 3:40. How heartbreaking.
    •AFTER PARTY•
    I went to go get pizza at the after party and they were all out, but one of the Vendors hooked me up, so that was nice. They served pancakes and donut holes inside the pavilion at the end of the course. The Florida Strawberry Council (sponsors this year) had a little table where I picked up some cute strawberry sunglasses, a little strawberry plush toy, and a coloring book (that got soggy from the rain – oh well.) Since I drove in with the 5-hour pacer, I hung out near the finish line and waited for her. I didn’t bother to check the results because I was pacing but found out the next day that I actually placed 3rd in my age group! So this could be a nice race to podium! (I missed out on my pint glass – I love a good pint glass from a race. Dang it.)
    •Pacing•
    As a pacer, I am happy to announce that all of my “pacees” finished well ahead of me. I had 4 first-timers (2 of whom were from up north) so I tried to gauge how they felt and decided that we were holding a nice rhythm at a 10 – 10:05 pace. I knew that I should slow down, but it was such a nice group and I didn’t want them to slow down just because I had to, so I asked “are you all OK, here? because we’re on pace for a 4:25 right now.” They all agreed that this was comfortable so I told them that I would pull back at 21 and if they wanted to go ahead of me, please do, and they did. One lady finished at a 4:21, 2 from out of state said that they got the 4:25, and I saw the guy who was running with us but didn’t have a chance to find out how he did. He started with a 4:30 pacer and finished before her so I guess he exceeded his plans for that day.
    •PROS•
    • Good chance to get on the podium for the marathon
    • Bridges give you a nice chance to switch up your muscle groups – something we don’t get a lot of in Florida
    • Nice, local race
    • They have a marathon option. It’s tough to find full marathons anymore.
    • Even though people may not have shown up due to the rain, it still didn’t feel like a lonely race. I like that. (I’m sure pacing helps.)
    • The medal is cute
    • The hat was nice
    • The shirt is comfortable (Long-sleeved tech shirt. Great for yard work in the summertime to shield you from the sun.)
    • Well-stocked water stations this year (not so great in 2018 when they ran out at the stop at 20-21)
    •CONS•
    • I’m sorry but I could not get over the race clock at the finish.
    • I didn’t notice medical stations along the way. I’m sure that they had them but they weren’t well-“advertised.” With the rain this year, I would have liked to have dried off and re-applied some Vaseline to my arms and legs on the second loop, but I didn’t see any medical stations.

    So, there’s my long-winded review.
    Happy Running!

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    Margo7 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Although this was the second time that I participated in this particular race, it was still by far the most challenging running event that I have ever been in. Normally, … MORE

    Although this was the second time that I participated in this particular race, it was still by far the most challenging running event that I have ever been in. Normally, when I look out the window and see that the skies have opened up and there is a very strong wind – I do not go out for a run. This time was different. There was no thunder and lightning, so the organizers had no reason to cancel the race. It wasn’t raining any more when we were standing at the start line. My hope was that it was over. Wrong. This event has a nice, but rather difficult course with two tall bridges on the way. The first bridge is halfway through and the second one is just before the finish line. As some law of the universe would have it, the skies opened up and the strongest wind was blowing as I was running up the first bridge. It felt as if someone was throwing bucket after bucket of water right at my face. No personal bests this time. I applaud the brave volunteers, police and organizers for being there and supporting us under those not so great conditions. The organization was flawless, just as it was last year. A lovely medal with a happy, surfing strawberry was waiting for us at the finish. I have already signed up for next year which will be the year of the avocado.

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    papafox REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was a well produced and executed event...one of the best! The course appears as an easy, flat run along the Indian River Lagoon, but there are two long, 20 … MORE

    This was a well produced and executed event…one of the best! The course appears as an easy, flat run along the Indian River Lagoon, but there are two long, 20 meter+ tall bridges that must be taken into account. The first is at about half way, and the second is just before finishing (Heartbreak Bridge). The weather for this race was unusually horrible (I live here, and we rarely have such weather in February). Up to 20 mph winds and wave after wave of torrential rain. Wonderfully supported by soaked volunteers, who kept their cheerful attitudes throughout. There were even soaked musicians playing for us as we ran by. The after-run party was very well supported with the biggest hit being the beer tent. For us non-alcohol drinkers there was a really nice breakfast of strawberry covered pancakes and doughnut holes. There was also as much pizza as you could eat. They were giving away half liter bottles of protein drink (normally $28 a bottle), which tasted great! Super swag!! The organizers did a fantastic job, and I’ve already registered for next year! Come join us!!

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    bamrpamr FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first marathon, and I could not have picked a better one! Race day was rainy and windy, but that did not diminish the enthusiasm of the multitudes … MORE

    This was my first marathon, and I could not have picked a better one! Race day was rainy and windy, but that did not diminish the enthusiasm of the multitudes of volunteers. There were water/Gatorade/fuel stations every two miles or so, as well as periodic live music. The race directors had everything extremely well-organized and were both friendly and responsive to any questions or concerns. I will definitely be running this race again!

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    Katie_Ho Feb 14, 2019 at 2:20pm

    Congrats on conquering your first marathon Pam, and way to tough it out and live up to the BAMR moniker! And so important to pick a great event for that… MORE

    Congrats on conquering your first marathon Pam, and way to tough it out and live up to the BAMR moniker! And so important to pick a great event for that first-time experience. Hope you're still riding the euphoric high and recovering well, and appreciate the helpful review — look forward to seeing what you do for an encore! LESS

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    gator FIRST-TIMER '17

    This review is for the 2017 race, specifically, the 5K. Whoever managed the course layout and timing obviously did NOT know what they were doing. The 5K course was 2.75 … MORE

    This review is for the 2017 race, specifically, the 5K. Whoever managed the course layout and timing obviously did NOT know what they were doing. The 5K course was 2.75 miles (many people said that was what their GPS showed), so all the times were skewed. Many runners, including me, did not have their times register. They eventually found me in the system and gave me a time. During the awards ceremony it was clear that the top 10 males were mixed up. They gave my friend the 3rd place overall trophy when he said he came in 8th.

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    4
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    2

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