The FTC Marathon: 13.1 & 26.2

Sat March 6, 2021 Hawthorne, FL 32640 US Directions
Events

Full Marathon Distance 26.2

7:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST

Half Marathon Distance 13.1

7:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST
Place
21815 SE 71st Ave
Hawthorne, FL US 32640
Description

Due to COVID-19, many larger Marathons have been canceled over the past year. This void has left runners scrambling to find safe race opportunities. The Florida Track Club is excited to host the FTC Marathon to provide a safe, competitive (Boston Qualifier), and fun local half and full marathon. This lightning-fast course and well-supported event is sure to produce some fast times and good fun!

PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED - There will be no registration on the day of the event, you must pre-register online ONLY by March, 2nd at 11:59. 

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 100% volunteer-led so please help us make this event successful for our local runners! 

The FTC Marathon will feature: 7:00 AM Start Time for both the Half and Full Marathon

Sign Up Today:

120 participant cap to keep the race Covid Safe 

  • Marathon: $95 until 2/5, $110 from 2/6 to 2/19 and $125 2/20 until 3/2 when registration closes.
  • Marathon Distance: $25 discount code will be emailed to all active FTC members reducing the above cost
  • Half Marathon: $60 until 2/5, $70 from 2/6 to 2/19, and $85 from 2/20 until 3/2 when registration closes. 
  • Half Marathon Distance: $10 discount code will be emailed to all active FTC members reducing the above cost
  • If you are an active member and did not receive the discount code, please email us! Check your membership or sign-up here! Annual Memberships are $40 for families, $30 for individuals, $15 for students. 
  • The FTC is hosting a race every month of the year in 2021! Make sure your membership is active to get NINE FREE races and big discounts on the other three.
  • See Florida Track Club Race Schedule Here and join! 
Swag, Awards, and Goodies:

  • Custom FTC Finisher Medal to all finishers! (image is shown)
  • Tech-Tee for all registrants (Size guaranteed if you register by Feb. 20th)
  • Overall and master winners along with age group awards will be available for pick up after the race in 10-year categories for first place in each division 
  • In lieu of post-race refreshments, we will have pre-prepared grab bags filled with post-race goodies for finishers

Marathon Course:

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! 

  • Flat and Fast USATF Certified: FL21006JK (Boston Qualifier) Course on the Gainesville/Hawthorne Trail
  • Fully Automatic Timing with Runner Tracking Provided by Endurance Sports Timing
  • 4-loop out and back course that is spectator friendly and only has 7 turns for the full 26.2 miles! 
  • 5-hour course cut off limit for water stops, traffic guards, and the official timed result (runners may still finish at their own risk
Half-Marathon Course:

  • Not up for running the full Marathon? Sign up for the Half Marathon distance while spots last! 
  • Half Marathon runners will start at the same time and run with the Marathon runners. They will complete two loops of the USATF Certified Course: FL21007JK for 13.1 miles. This loop only has 3 turns so it is FAST! 
  • Fully Automatic Timing with Runner Tracking Provided by Endurance Sports Timing

Hydration and Fueling:
  • On-course hydration approx. every 1.5 miles in the form of water and Gatorade. Volunteers will give runners the option of grabbing cups from them or taking pre-filled cups from the table 
  • Honey Stinger Gels will be available for runners at aid stations in limited quantities so please carry your own fuel and only use gels provided as needed late in the race
  • See Map below for details. ALWAYS go to aid stations on your right to avoid running into other participants going the other direction! 
Packet-Pickup, and Parking
  • PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED - There will be no registration on the day of the event, you must pre-register online ONLY by March, 2nd at 11:59 PM. There will be no Packet Pick-Up at the race. Packet Pick-Up will be available on Thursday, March, 4th and Friday, March, 5th at Lloyd Clarke Sports.
  • If you are coming from out of town and you can't pick up your packet at Lloyd Clarks, please email us and we will have your packet at the race start. 
  • Please DO NOT park at the Trail Head, Parking will be at Hawthorne Middle/High School: 21403 SE 69th Ave, Hawthorne, FL 32640. It is only a short walk from there to the start. 
  • Street parking will also be available ONLY at the red zones on the map below!! Do NOT PARK ANYWHERE OUTSIDE OF THESE ZONES! 
COVID-19 SAFETY

Participating in any event obviously carries a certain amount of risk, but we are committed to doing everything possible to lower the risk as much as possible and keep your safety and the community's safety as the number one priority.

COVID Mitigations for this race include:

  • starting procedures that allow for social distancing at the start, at aid stations, and out on the course
  • masks are required for all participants, volunteers, and spectators
  • participants are only allowed to remove their mask when they are actively exercising
  • Within the queuing for the start line, there will be signage to keep runners distanced by 6ft. 
  • ALL RUNNERS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE IN THE STARTING AREA!
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