Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay
2013 Marathon Overall Map
Full Marathon – FL-10003EBM
Half Marathon – FL-06012DL
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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.
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 16, 2013. The EXPO will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and held at the UF & Shands Orthopeadics 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.
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.
The UF Running Medical Conference also coincides with Race Weekend. Visit ufrunningmedicine.cme.ufl.edu/ for more information.
This year’s timing will be handled by DRC Sports out of Inverness, Florida. We’re excited to have DRC Sports as our Race Weekend timing company.
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
The Five Points of Life Marathon Relay is back for its 3rd 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.
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 15, 2013.
Transportation will be provided by Fabulous Coach Lines to and from the transition areas for team members. Each team member is encouraged to take the provided transportation. Please contact Jay Eckert at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to make your own transportation arrangements. The second and third runners will be shuttled to the transition areas at approximately 6:30 a.m. The fourth and fifth runners will be transported to the transition areas after the start of the race at approximately 7:30 a.m. Water, chairs and cover will be at each transition area. All relay runners should meet at the information tent at the finish area on race day at 6:25 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.
For more information email Jay Eckert at email@example.com.
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
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:
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 eighth annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend. Enjoy pizza, refreshments and entertainment, including a live performance. All participants are invited to attend!
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.
- Marathon Male: Matt Loiselle, Toronto, ON – 2:25:34 in 2010
- Marathon Female: Lyudmyla Pushkina, Gainesville, FL – 2:50:12 in 2006
- Half Marathon Male: Mark Carroll, Ireland – 1:06:34 in 2006
- Half Marathon Female: Ramilia Burangulova, Gainesville, FL – 1:16:43 in 2007
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 Photography will be providing photography on the course. RunFlix will also be videotaping everyone in the race this year and will then produce personalized CUSTOM videos for participants who order them. So be sure to smile and showoff when you see the cameras around the course!
Can’t run, but still want to get involved? Find out how you can volunteer for Race Weekend by clicking here.
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 17th
- High: 70°F
- Low: 46°F
- Mean: 58°F
Temperature on race day last year (February 19th)
- High: 79°F
- Low: 55°F
Click here to view a printable course map or below for an interactive map.