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Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Race Dates

2018: Sunday, February 18, 2018
2017: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 69°F (20°C)
Average High: 77°F (25°C)
Average Low: 60° F (15°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.44
Course Score: 99.86

Race Size

2017: 762 Finishers
2016: 758 Finishers
2015: 781 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 6%
2016: 12.4%
2015: 11.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon course elevation is very flat. It is basically sea level for the entire race. The Las Olas Bridge is the only "hill" on the course and rises about 20 feet and is just before mile 3 on the course.

Although the course is flat and fast, the warm weather in Ft. Lauderdale this time of year may slow most runners down considerably - especially those not well acclimated to the weather. However, if the race day weather is cool, like 2013, the course can be very fast.

Marathon Rankings

The Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon was the 105th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 106th largest in 2015.

This year 6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon the 139th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 89th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 99.86 ranks it as the 36th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Florida.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon a PR Score of 97.44. This PR Score ranks it as the 301st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th fastest in Florida.

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

Elevation Chart


Ratings & Reviews for the Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2017 Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very organized, beautiful views all along the water, flat, fast course and best post party ever at the beach

Race Tips

Flat fast course, Boston qualifier

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

Great tourist area and very organized when it comes to parking, drop off shuttles, etc.

review of 2013 Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


A nice, super flat race. It is essentially an out and back race. It starts @ 6:00am I'm guessing to avoid the heat but it creates a memorable first hour as the sun rises over the ocean. The port-a-potties at the race start ran out of toilet paper an hour before the race. No excuse for that. There are plenty of water stops which most years will be critical. They do consistantly have a great medal.

Race Tips

The course is as flat as advertised w/ only one hill, an overpass. Its usually warm (altho 2013 was nice and cool) so hydrate. After the Halfers split off (mile 9) it can get a little lonely and miles 7-23 we don't get ocean views only the backs of beachfront hotels, ugh.

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

I stayed close to the airport to save money but was still only 15 minutes from the race. I parked at the finish and took the shuttle to the start which worked great. I did arrive for the shuttle by 4:30. The expo was moved to the convention center. More room for the expo but bad traffic getting in and must pay for parking.

Finish Time Equivalent

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