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Overall Rating (23 Reviews)
4.9
(23 Ratings)(23 Reviews)
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Marathon & Half Marathon through the beautiful Town of Celebration. Come run this flat, fast course and enjoy great swag and a post race party featuring live music and food from local restaurants. The Top Ten Reasons to Run the Town of Celebration Marathon & Half Marathon: 1. The Course … MORE
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    jmcdukefan FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a fun, flat, scenic race course with friendly neighbors cheering us on. The food was really good afterwards & the beer was cold! LOL The only thing that … MORE

    This was a fun, flat, scenic race course with friendly neighbors cheering us on. The food was really good afterwards & the beer was cold! LOL The only thing that was a little off was running on the boardwalks. I don’t think you can get around town & through the woods without them though so that is that!

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    Be prepared to have a wonderful event. You will not regret participating. The pace keepers are encouraging as are the participants . I was very impressed by the number of … MORE

    Be prepared to have a wonderful event. You will not regret participating. The pace keepers are encouraging as are the participants . I was very impressed by the number of encouraging spectators and volunteers . A great experience !

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    kmm011803 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I love this race! This was my third time doing it and I can never say enough good things about Celebration. Between the scenery, the on course aid and the … MORE

    I love this race! This was my third time doing it and I can never say enough good things about Celebration. Between the scenery, the on course aid and the fabulous post race food it is hard to pick my favorite thing about this race. Even the spectators are awesome! As a slower runner, it is so uplifting and heartwarming to have the spectators cheer for you on your way down the finisher’s chute as if you were the winner, even if the winner came in hours before you.

    The race takes you over the road, sidewalks and boardwalks (my fave part!). Very flat and fast course. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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    scutles REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The swag is nice, always an organized packet pickup. Great flat course. I have done this race all 5 years and each year is better than the one before!! There … MORE

    The swag is nice, always an organized packet pickup. Great flat course. I have done this race all 5 years and each year is better than the one before!! There is always plenty of food at the end of the race and plenty of volunteers on the course!

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    kimbo215 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great race with great scenery and the boardwalks add character! City is very supportive. Great post race food. Only critique is the age group awards are not very creative. MORE

    Great race with great scenery and the boardwalks add character! City is very supportive. Great post race food. Only critique is the age group awards are not very creative.

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    jdurney419 FIRST-TIMER '18

    From the start line music to the finish line cheers this race was amazing. The scenery along the route was fresh and inviting. The route was clean and safe. Each … MORE

    From the start line music to the finish line cheers this race was amazing. The scenery along the route was fresh and inviting. The route was clean and safe. Each aid station/water stop was staffed with smiling faces and happy cheers. I ran this race with friends and made new friends along the way. Such a great experience. I can’t wait to do it again.

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    flozito REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Excellent, well planned race with beautiful scenery and greet people. The race is not boring and doesn't loop around like many others. It starts at a decent time, offers great … MORE

    Excellent, well planned race with beautiful scenery and greet people. The race is not boring and doesn’t loop around like many others. It starts at a decent time, offers great swag and the best after party with lots of food to fill you up!

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    tracieg803 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Flat course with some running on boardwalk running paths that might slow you down a little. Lots of water stops during the race. Great race swag and post race party. MORE

    Flat course with some running on boardwalk running paths that might slow you down a little. Lots of water stops during the race. Great race swag and post race party.

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    RumRUNRum REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a beautiful flat course. Spectators are plenty! Volunteers are everywhere! The last few yards of the finish area are crowded with a cheering crowd. This is one of … MORE

    This is a beautiful flat course. Spectators are plenty! Volunteers are everywhere! The last few yards of the finish area are crowded with a cheering crowd. This is one of my favorite races!

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    julesat REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This truly is a flat course. The route meanders through picture perfect homes, tropical boardwalks and quiet ponds which keep your mind buzzing for 13.1 miles. You arrive at the … MORE

    This truly is a flat course. The route meanders through picture perfect homes, tropical boardwalks and quiet ponds which keep your mind buzzing for 13.1 miles. You arrive at the finish line in picturesque downtown Celebration and refuel at the street market with great food provided by the local restaurants. All this and amazing runners race swag.
    A boutique race in Florida, in January – it doesn’t get much better than this 💕

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    Irun26.2 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Celebration marathon was very accommodating, the town was welcoming, the swag bag was amazing. Nice flat run, the food was great, the blanket was a super nice gift MORE

    Celebration marathon was very accommodating, the town was welcoming, the swag bag was amazing. Nice flat run, the food was great, the blanket was a super nice gift

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    pcarringer REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Very we’ll managed. Comfortable course. Great celebration at the finish. Great local support. And, fantastic pace team! Best of all, no snow on the ground! MORE

    Very we’ll managed. Comfortable course. Great celebration at the finish. Great local support. And, fantastic pace team! Best of all, no snow on the ground!

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    LisaBonita REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my 3rd time running celebration (ran the half in 2016, full in 2017 & 2018). My fave parts are the awesome swag (soft fluffy blankets this year as … MORE

    This is my 3rd time running celebration (ran the half in 2016, full in 2017 & 2018). My fave parts are the awesome swag (soft fluffy blankets this year as well raw thread shirts) & finish line food & drinks (beer, mimosas). Course is nice, boardwalks can be tricky.

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    csobering REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The marathon is essentially 2 loops of the half, though a few miles (13-16 I think) are different. There are several sections of boardwalk which can be windy and tight, … MORE

    The marathon is essentially 2 loops of the half, though a few miles (13-16 I think) are different. There are several sections of boardwalk which can be windy and tight, so it certainly will slow you down if you’re a fast runner (about 7 min/mi is about as fast as you can safely or easily run if there is anyone else near you on these sections). That said, I have run this race every year since inception in 2014, and I plan to conintue to do so. It was also my first Boston Qualifier, and it tends to be a good course for BQ because it’s so flat and typically great weather. 2014-2017 brought 40-60 degrees on race day; 2018 had 65-72 degrees with some nasty humidity. The pre-race swag, medal, and post-race party certainly compete with all other local races, and I’d 100% recommend this event if you’re choosing between Celebration and The Mouse!

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    Figment FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first time participating, but won’t be my last! Well organized, fantastic swag, and a super flat course that felt as comfortable as running in my own neighborhood. … MORE

    This was my first time participating, but won’t be my last! Well organized, fantastic swag, and a super flat course that felt as comfortable as running in my own neighborhood. The post-race food was a great bonus, especially for my dad and husband who ate most of my entitlements! Will be back again!

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    kellymarie03 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This may be a small race, but the organizers know what they're doing. Awesome volunteers, great local support, and an after party with food from local restaurants. Perfect course to … MORE

    This may be a small race, but the organizers know what they’re doing. Awesome volunteers, great local support, and an after party with food from local restaurants. Perfect course to PR – just watch out for those boardwalks. Luckily they were dry this year. Fellow runners were considerate of space. Will definitely run it again.

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    ChrisB REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Celebration is affordable and so easy to get too. It's nothing like Disney where you need a 2nd job to pay for it and have to spend the night to … MORE

    Celebration is affordable and so easy to get too. It’s nothing like Disney where you need a 2nd job to pay for it and have to spend the night to get to the race even if you’re local. The swag is always awesome! Not just a race shirt. The Post Race Party is the best I’ve been to. It’s a big event for my running family each and every year. I’ve run all 5 years and I will return next year!!!

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    ChrisB Jan 30, 2018 at 12:23pm

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    tierneykev REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Even though my race didn't go as planned, I loved almost everything about this race Expo: The race expo/packet pickup is at Celebration Town Hall about a mile from the … MORE

    Even though my race didn’t go as planned, I loved almost everything about this race

    Expo:
    The race expo/packet pickup is at Celebration Town Hall about a mile from the race start. It runs Friday and Saturday afternoon, and packet pickup is available on race day as well, but it’s discouraged, mostly due to the size/amount of runner schwag and having to take it back to your car. Packet pickup was well organized and broken into 3 steps. Outside, you presented your ID and received you Bib and a bag that could be used for bag check. Inside the bag were various flyers along with a Buff Multifunction Headwear with the race logo. Once inside, the expo spanned 2 small rooms and a hallway. In the first room, you picked up your race shirt. The race shirt is a really nice shirt from Raw Threads. Their shirts are moisture wicking, made with bamboo, and very soft. Each year the race changes up their main schwag. In the 3rd room you picked up this year’s schwag which was a giant blanket. I ended up using the blanket that night after the race and it is very soft

    Race Morning
    My wife was nice enough to drop me off, so I didn’t have to worry about parking, but based on the description in the runners guide and what I observed, I would recommend planning on being there about an hour before the race and be prepared to park around 1/2 – 3/4 miles away from the start.

    From where I was dropped off, I first walked past the finish line area in downtown Celebration. There were about 5 portalets here. Since the lines weren’t too long and I wasn’t sure what would be the at the start, I waited about 20 minutes for one and then headed to the start. In the starting area, there were many more portalets available.

    The half and full marathons start at the same time and run the same course until the marathon splits off a little after mile 12. I was concerned it would be crowded at the start, but things seemed to open up quickly. In addition to having pacers, the race directors put up large signs encouraging racers to self-seed based on pace and for the most part, people seemed to comply

    The course is split up between quiet neighborhood roads through the town of Celebration, the main road Celebration Boulevard, and a path consisting of a mix of boardwalk and concrete. For the most part, the race is shaded, but the part on the main roads, there is little to no shade. This shade free section was around 4 miles. During the section on Celebration Boulevard, there we many humerous and or inspirational signs about every 100 feet. These made me smile on the first loop and when I was struggling on the second loop, they gave me markers to run between. Running on the boardwalk wasn’t as crowded as I expected, and it was a nice running on softer terrain.

    There were water stops around ever mile and a half and portalets every other stop. The water stops had both water and Gatorade and Cliff Shot gel was available at miles 6,4, and 19.

    Another plus on this course is that it’s very spectator friendly. Because the way it meanders through the neighborhoods, spectators could walk or bike to various places on the course in a short period of time.

    Post Race
    The race finishes in downtown Celebration. Runners are presented their medal and given a bottle of water and a banana. After walking down the chute, you are given a card that you can use to collect various food and drink options. While the food all looked good, the only option I was interested when I finished was the pancakes, and some OJ. While the other food would probably been great any other time, maybe even if I had only done the half, it really wasn’t what I was in the mood for after running a marathon. They also offer free post-race massages, but I didn’t make it over to that area to see how the lines were

    I ended up grabbing a bagel with cream cheese, a cookie, and a coke zero from the bakery next to the finish line and they were just what I needed. If you are visiting for this race, there are several shops and restaurants near where the race finishes and I’d highly recommend spending some time exploring

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 30, 2018 at 11:53pm

    Awesome review, Kevin! And congrats on what sounds like a great day at the races – just what you'd expect from a town called Celebration. :) Thanks for the helpful hints, and hope to see you back on RaceRaves soon!

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    caralcampbell REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course is beautiful! Well organized, plenty of water stops and people cheering along the way! Packet pickup was handled perfect, with vendors too! Medal blanket and shirt are all … MORE

    The course is beautiful! Well organized, plenty of water stops and people cheering along the way! Packet pickup was handled perfect, with vendors too! Medal blanket and shirt are all things I’ll proudly display! After party was great, lots of different things to sample and try!

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    desandot FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race is top notch and first class. From the course to the refreshments to the after party. One of the smoothest run races I have done. MORE

    This race is top notch and first class. From the course to the refreshments to the after party. One of the smoothest run races I have done.

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