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Race Dates

2019: Sunday, February 10, 2019
2018: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 63°F (17°C)
Average Low: 49° F (9°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.40
Course Score: 99.73

Race Size

2018: 721 Finishers
2017: 862 Finishers
2016: 869 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 5.6%
2017: 4.6%
2016: 6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The 26.2 with Donna Marathon course takes runners through beach communities in historic Jacksonville Beach and finishes at the Mayo Clinic.

The marathon course is very flat with the only "hills" being overpass ramps.


Marathon Rankings

The 26.2 with Donna Marathon was the 95th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 98th largest in 2016.

This year 5.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the 26.2 with Donna Marathon the 366th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 27th highest percentage so far in 2018.


Its Course Score of 99.73 ranks it as the 60th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Florida.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the 26.2 with Donna Marathon a PR Score of 99.40. This PR Score ranks it as the 78th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Florida.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 30 feet (9m)
Min Elevation: 5 feet (1m)

26.2




Recent 26.2 with Donna Marathon Reviews

4.8 Stars from 6 Reviews
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review of 2018 26.2 with Donna Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This marathon is a very flat course except for the on ramp and the bridge in the last 3 miles of the race. I have ran 7 marathons and have never seen the amount of community support as I did in this marathon...phenomenal. The community not only cheers you on throughout the course (except the last 3 miles on the highway) they also provide water, Gatorade, oranges, bananas, etc. Combine that with the aid stations provided by the race and you had something available every mile. Also, lots of porta potties at the start and throughout the course, Very well organized event!

Would recommend a little more support on the bridge. This is the hardest part of the course and after having so much support on the rest of the course it was disappointing not to have the encouragement when the runners need it the most.

Race Tips

Unfortunately this year's race was unseasonably warm/hot. Be prepared for any type of weather.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Would not recommend the Marriott Sawgrass Host Hotel. It is a pricey hotel and only average accommodations. In the description on the marathon website they make it sound like the start line is right near the hotel. That is not accurate. You have to take a shuttle to the start line and back to the hotel after the race. You have to call for a shuttle after the race unless one happens to be there. No shuttle schedule for after the race. Some of the staff were not very friendly. They do NOT have a late checkout so you have to be an elite runner or plan to leave your luggage at the front desk. After pressing the issue of having a need to take a shower before I traveled back home the day of the race they did allow me to use the shower in the spa. Also, the staff seemed "put out" to answer questions about the distance to the start line and the frequency of the shuttles.



review of 2017 26.2 with Donna Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2017 26.2 with Donna Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Well organized. Last 4 miles or so are brutal and brutally boring on divided highway with a bridge at mile 25.

Race Tips

This is almost more of a fundraising walk than any sort of race. Expect that atmosphere and level of commitment.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Traffic is bad getting into parking lot. Plan accordingly.



review of 2016 26.2 with Donna Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Such a great event!

Race Tips

It's a fast, (almost entirely) flat course.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2016 26.2 with Donna Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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