The Five Points of Life course starts in front of the University of Florida Center for Performing Arts and travels 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. Along the rolling course, runners will encounter 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.
The Five Points of Life Marathon was the 346th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 335th largest in 2014.
This year 12.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 15% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Five Points of Life Marathon the 81st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 112th highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 98.29 ranks it as the 279th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 17th 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 Five Points of Life Marathon a PR Score of 98.14. This PR Score ranks it as the 238th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 11th fastest in Florida.
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