Run for a great cause at the 13th Annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend on February 17 & 18, 2018 in scenic Gainesville, Florida!

Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay
Date: February 18, 2018
Start time: 7:00 a.m.


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Click here to download a paper registration form and race weekend information sheet. 

USATF Certification

Full MarathonFL16087TY
Half Marathon – FL16086TY

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Local training program options are available in Gainesville. Running clubs are also a great resource and located throughout Florida, including Florida Track Club in Gainesville.  Check out our friends at and for more options.

Start & Finish Lines

Start/finish areas are located across the street from the UF Orthopaedics 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 and Marathon Relay teams need to pick up their packets at the Fitness Expo on Saturday, February 17. The EXPO will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and held at the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute. Race day packet pick up will only be available by request for runners traveling from out of town. Please contact Chelsea Maxwell at to request race day packet pick up.

Registration for the half, full and relay will be available at the Fitness Expo. Please do not drop off registration forms on Thursday or Friday prior to Expo. These may not be entered and you will not be registered. 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.

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.

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.

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Marathon Relay Information 

The Five Points of Life Marathon Relay is back for its 8th year. Relay teams will consist of 5 people and do not have to be co-ed. The total distance for each leg of the marathon are as follows: Leg 1 = 5 miles, Leg 2 = 6 miles, Leg 3 = 4 miles, Leg 4 = 4.5 miles and the last team member will finish the course with a 6.7 mile segment. A captain must be chosen before the team registers.

Relay Registration

The captain will log onto, pay the registration fee and submit team information. Each relay team member must sign a waiver. Team registration closes on February 14, 2018. Please have team members agree to the waiver during online registration or bring a signed copy to packet pickup.

Relay Transitions

Transportation to and from the transition areas for team members will be provided. Each team member is encouraged to take the provided transportation. Please contact Crystal Long at if you plan to make your own transportation arrangements. 

The initial Relay Pick-up will be in the Phillips Center parking lot. From there, team members will be transported to their transition areas. Please see the chart below for bus boarding times and relay transition locations. Relay transitions are at the following mile markers: Start, 5, 11, 15, and 19.5.

Leg Mile Location
1 0 Marathon Start Line (Hull Road near Phillips Center for the Performing Arts)
2 5 NW 16th Ave at Ridgewood neighborhood
3 11 Stadium Road at the Florida Gym
4 15 Kappa Alpha Theta house ( SW 10th St & SW 8th Ave)
5 19.5 Hawthorne Trail (Boulware Springs Equestrian Parking Lot Trail Entry)


Relay Leg
Mile Be at Information Tent no later than Bus Boarding Time Bus takes you to Bus picks you up at
1 0 6:00 a.m. Exchange 1
2 5 6:15 a.m. 6:25 a.m. Exchange 1 Exchange 2
3 11 6:45 a.m. 7:00 a.m. Exchange 2 Exchange 3
4 15 7:15 a.m. 7:20 a.m. Exchange 3 Exchange 4
5 19.5 7:30 a.m. 7:40 a.m. Exchange 4


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

Marathon (both male and female):

  • First $500
  • Second $250
  • Third $125

Half-Marathon (both male and female): 

  • First $300
  • Second $150
  • Third $75

Half-Marathon Masters (both male and female): 

  • First $100

Marathon Masters (both male and female): 

  • First $200

*Please note that cash prizes are only eligible for residents of Florida, Georgia or Alabama.

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 13th annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend. Enjoy pizza, refreshments and entertainment. All participants are invited to attend!

Race Photography

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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.

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: Enoch Nadler, Gainesville, FL – 1:06:21 in 2017
  • 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. 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.


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 Florida Gators, and may see some real gators sunning themselves on the shores of Lake Alice.  After the split, marathoners will continue a route that leads runners through the revitalized Depot Park, out and back the Hawthorne Trail, with shaded segments, and finishing back through campus, running through the Swamp and around Lake Alice a second time before the finish. 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 18

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

Temperature on race day last year (February 26)

  • High: 74°F
  • Low: 48°F

Thank you to our 2018 Race Weekend Sponsors!

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