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The Florida Track Club will host the FTC Mary Andrews Full and Half Marathon again in 2023! This course is FAST and is a Boston Qualifier! The 2022 race saw 64% of the runners qualify for the Boston Marathon.
In our first year, the marathon course record for the men was set at 2:33 and 2:48 for the women! The half-course records are 1:09 for the men (2021) and 1:24 for the women (2022)!
The FTC Mary Andrews Marathon will feature an 8:00 AM Start Time for the Half and Full Marathon. The race will be capped at 120 total runners between the two events so be sure to sign up ASAP!
The out and back course allows for family and friends to spectate the race and makes a smaller race like this way more fun!
Registration will be available online until 1 hour prior to the race start.
Volunteers are NEEDED for this race, please go to the "Volunteer" tab on the menu bar at the top of this page and sign up. This event is being operated at cost and is volunteer-led so please help us make this event successful for our local runners!
Mary grew up in the Gainesville area and returned to town after graduating from Liberty University. Mary was a long-time member of the local running community and the Florida Track Club. Mary was incredibly funny and brightened every run she joined. Mary was a friend to all who knew her and was a caring and gentle soul who was loved by so many. She cherished her family, friends, and cats and had a passion for running and fitness.
Over the years, she completed multiple ultra-marathons, marathons, half-ironman triathlons, and numerous other road and mountain trail races. She qualified multiple times for the Boston marathon. Mary ran the first running of the FTC Marathon in March, of 2021. Shortly after running the race, Mary was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and passed away at the age of 44 later in the year. The FTC Marathon was Mary's last race in our community and we hold it each year in her memory.
Please join us and celebrate Mary and her love for running!
The FTC Marathon will start at the Hawthorne Trail Head of the Gainesville/Hawthorne State Trail. The course follows the flat and fast paved bike bath out for 3.27 miles and then turns around and comes back. Each loop will be 1/4 of a Marathon making it easy for family and friends to view the race. The tree canopy on both sides of the trail will provide both shade and low wind conditions for optimal running!
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