2014 Marathon Overall Map

USATF Certification

Full Marathon – FL-10003EBM
Half Marathon – FL-06012DL


The Five Points of Life Foundation has partnered with ActiveGiving.com to raise funds that will help Five Points of Life educate the public about the five ways to share life with others through donation.  Check out our Team Five Points fundraising page for more information


Local training program options are available in Gainesville from CrossFit Gainesville and Fit2Run. Runnning clubs are also a great resource and located throughout Florida, including Florida Track Club in Gainesville.  Check out our friends at Active.com, MarathonGuide.com, and MarathonTraining.com for more options.

Start & Finish Lines

Start/finish areas are located across the street from the UF & Shands Orthopeadics and Sports Medicine Institute in the parking lot of the Phillips Center for Performing Arts on the University of Florida’s campus at Hull Road and SW 34th Street.

Packet Pickup

Packets will contain your race number, sponsor goodies and your technical short sleeved t-shirt. Marathon, Half Marathon, Team and Marathon Relay teams may pick up their packets at the Fitness Expo on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The EXPO will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and held at  the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute.

Marathon, Half Marathon, Team and Marathon Relay teams may also pick up their packets on race day beginning at 6 a.m. at the finish area. Onsite registration will not be accepted on race day.

Pasta Dinner

Girls on the Run of Alachua County will be hosting a pre-race pasta dinner on Saturday, February 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute. Speakers at the dinner include Dr. Kevin Vincent, Dr. Heather K. Vincent and Scott Greenberg. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased during registraion or by clicking here.

Gear Bag Drop Off

All participants will be able to check a gear bag at the finish area. Just look for the information tent and drop them off before 6:45 a.m.

Medical Information

All participants of the marathon and half marathon must complete a Medical Registration Form prior to race day. Click here to download a form to complete in advance. All forms must be turned in at packet pickup.

Click here for important (and useful) medical information for participants.

The UF Running Medical Conference also coincides with Race Weekend.  Visit ufrunningmedicine.cme.ufl.edu/ for more information.

Course Time Limit

The half marathon course will close 3 1/2 hours after the start time at 10:30 a.m. The marathon course will close 6 hours after the start time at 1 p.m. Participants will be allowed to continue after these times on the sidewalks at their own risk.

Marathon Relay Information Course Time Limit

The Five Points of Life Marathon Relay is back for its 4th year. Relay teams will consist of 5 people and do not have to be co-ed. Four of the team members will run 5 mile segments and the last team member will finish the course with a 6.2 mile segment. A captain must be chosen before the team registers.

Relay Registration

The captain will log onto Active.com, pay the registration fee and set up a team account. After this is done the captain will distribute the team name and password to the other four members. The other four members will then register for free under the name. Each relay team member must register. Register for the Marathon Relay here. Registration closes on February 13, 2014.

Relay Transitions

Transportation to and from the transition areas for team members will be provided by the Southeast Car Agency and Enterprise. Each team member is encouraged to take the provided transportation. Please contact Eric Martin at ermartin@lifesouth.org if you plan to make your own transportation arrangements. 

We recommend all relay runners arrive by 6:00 a.m. at the information tent by the finish line in order to meet your entire team before they are transported to their exchange points. We understand this may be very early for those later leg runners so please plan accordingly based upon the times below.

The first runners must be at the information tent by the finish line by 6:00 a.m. for the race at 7:00 a.m.

Relay leg two runners must be at the information tent by the finish line by 6:00 a.m. The bus will board promptly at 6:15 a.m. to take you to mile 5.

Relay leg three runners must be at the information tent by the finish line by 6:30 a.m. The bus will leave promptly at 6:45 a.m. to take you to mile 10.

Relay leg four runners must be at the information tent by the finish line by 7:00 a.m. The bus will leave promptly at 7:30 a.m. to take you to mile 15.

Relay leg five runners must be at the information tent by the finish line by 7:00 a.m. The bus will leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. to take you to mile 20.

Water, restrooms, and cover will be at each exchange area.  All relay runners should meet at the information tent at the finish area on race day no later than 6:10 a.m.  

Here are the transition locations:

  • Mile 5 – NW 16th Ave. at end of Alfred Ring Trail (across from Brywood)
  • Mile 10 – Norman Hall Garage
  • Mile 15 – Depot Ave. and SW 6th Street
  • Mile 20 – Williston Rd. across from the Squirrel Ridge Park Sign just down from 13th St.

Gear Bags – Marathon Relay

Every team member will have a gear bag that they will be able to leave in the transportation vehicles or at the transition area.

Awards & Age Groups

All finishers of the marathon, marathon relay and half marathon receive the official Five Points of Life finishers medal at the finish line. Top awards are distributed at the post race party at the marathon finish area for the half marathon at 10:30 a.m. and for the marathon and marathon relay at noon. Wheelchair awards will be given to the 1st and 2nd place finishers for each gender. Age group and masters awards will be dispersed to the top three finishers of each gender in each of the following age groups (marathon’s youngest age group will be 19 and under):

  • 15 and under
  • 16-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70+
  • Wheelchair

The Five Points of Life is awarding a prize purse totaling $5,000 to the top finishers of the marathon and half marathon for each gender. The winnings are as follows:

Marathon Half Marathon
1st Place $900.00 $250.00
2nd Place $450.00 $150.00
3rd Place $300.00 $100.00
4th Place $200.00
5th Place $150.00

In accordance with USATF rules, overall and cash awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by chip time.  US Government – Federal Income Tax Withholding on Prize Money:

  • To avoid a 30% tax on your prize money, U.S. and Resident Foreign Athletes must have a social security number.
  • Non-Resident Athletes are subject to a 30% Federal Income Tax withholding.
  • For more information on USA Track & Field and on Non-Resident Tax Withholding, contact the USATG office at 317-261-0500.

Post Race Party

Post race party begins at 9 a.m. at the start/finish area.

Come join us to celebrate the finish of the ninth annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend. Enjoy pizza, refreshments and entertainment, including a live performance. All participants are invited to attend!

Just Shoe It, an organization dedicated to collecting shoes for adults and children that cannot afford to buy a new pair themselves, will be collecting shoes this year at the Fitness Expo and post race party. Sneakers (specifically men’s sizes 6-9) are preferred, but dress shoes, boots and sandals will also be accepted. For more information, contact Jillian at justshoeit123@gmail.com.

Host Hotel

The Five Points of Life Race Weekend does not have an official host hotel. We work in conjunction with the Gainesville Sports Commission to use their preferred hotels. Click here to see a list of the preferred hotels.

The Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites is offering a discounted rate for all Race Weekend participants. For more information call the hotel directly at 352-377-4000 and mention “Five Points of Life Marathon.” Rooms must be booked before February 1, 2014.

Course Records

  • Marathon Male: Matt Loiselle, Toronto, ON – 2:25:34 in 2010
  • Marathon Female: Viktoria Polidina, Gainesville, FL – 2:42:37 in 2013
  • Half Marathon Male: Mark Carroll, Ireland – 1:06:34 in 2006
  • Half Marathon Female: Ramilia Burangulova, Gainesville, FL – 1:16:43 in 2007

Course Support

Water and Gatorade is available at six hydration stations on the first half and eight on the second half. The first half hydration stations will be placed approximately 1.5 to 2 miles apart. The second half stations will be 1 to 1.5 miles apart. Energy gels will also be placed at four designated hydration stations along the course including at miles 5, 15 and 20.  Medical tents are strategically placed seven times along the course to ensure your safety and comfort. A main medical tent will be stationed at the start/finish area in the parking garage. Medical tents will not have water and Gatorade.

Smile for the Camera

BB Action Photo will be providing photography on the course so be sure to smile and showoff when you see the cameras around the course!

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Can’t run, but still want to get involved?  Find out how you can volunteer for Race Weekend by clicking here.

Course Highlights

This Boston Marathon qualifier and USATF certified course starts in front of the University of Florida Center for Performing Arts and weaves through Gainesville’s most popular running areas. The route takes you past the iconic 34th Street Wall where thousands of UF students and Gainesville residents have commemorated important events in their lives and in the community.  You’ll be challenged by the historic hills of 16th Avenue, a popular training route of Frank Shorter who won the 1972 Olympic gold medal in the marathon, and will enjoy Gainesville’s beautiful Duck Pond and downtown areas.

On the first half you’ll also pass through Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home to the 2008 National Championship Gators, and may see some “real” gators sunning themselves on the shores of Lake Alice.  After the split, marathoners will continue to Rails to Trails, Williston road, 34th Street and winds again through parts of UF’s campus and back to the start/finish area. A festive post race party welcomes you to the finish line and you’ll enjoy pizza, refreshments, live entertainment and awards.

Race Day Weather

Average Temperature for February 16th

  • High: 70°F
  • Low: 46°F
  • Mean: 58°F

Temperature on race day last year (February 17th)

  • High: 54°F
  • Low: 27°F

Course Map

Click here to view a printable course map or below for an interactive map.


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