Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
3.8
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.2
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
3.6
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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    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!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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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!!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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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!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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