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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 61°F (16°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.78
Course Score: 99.78

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 568 Finishers
2016: 487 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 25.7%
2016: 13.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Jacksonville Marathon course is flat, fast, and very scenic with lots of shade. There are no hills, bridges, or overpasses. The course starts at Bolles School on San Jose Blvd. and heads south to Mandarin, does a loop and heads back along the St. Johns River back to Bolles.

Note: The Jacksonville Marathon was run twice in 2016 - once in January and again in December. There was not a marathon in 2015. The results and BQ percentages for 2015 reflect the January 2016 race results.

Marathon Rankings

The Jacksonville Marathon was the 124th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 148th largest in 2016.

Last year 25.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Jacksonville Marathon the 29th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 116th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.78 ranks it as the 49th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Florida.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Jacksonville Marathon a PR Score of 99.78. This PR Score ranks it as the 39th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Florida.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 26 feet (7m)
Min Elevation: 6 feet (1m)


Recent Jacksonville Marathon Reviews

4.7 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2014 Jacksonville Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Was well organized and well staffed with a nice and flat course, but the weather was so bad (very humid with periods of hard rain) that it was hard to focus on exact details.

Race Tips

Check with the weatherman!

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

review of 2010 Jacksonville Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


This is a great mid sized race. About as flat as you can get. The weather can be a bit unpredictable and it can get humid. The 7am start and having most of the course run through shaded neighborhoods helps keep the heat down.

Race Tips

The course is very flat - no hills at all - so it is easy to maintain consistent splits. The course winds through shaded neighborhoods except for the first and last 2-3 miles (San Jose Blvd). Last couple mile stretch on San Jose is hard because back in sun and the long, straight stretch just seems to go on forever. Last half mile is on dirt fields and then finish on a track.

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

Parking at Bolles or on the street is available until around 6am. Everyone seems to arrive right at 6, so get there at 5:50 and there is plenty of parking. If you plan to arrive at the start after 6am, I would suggest using one of the race shuttles. I've stayed at the Candlewood Suites which is not too far from the race start - maybe 10 minutes. It is pretty cheap.

review of 2010 Jacksonville Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This was my first marathon so I only have one other marathon to compare it to. I thought it was well organized. There were not many people cheering for you along the course. It does primarily go through neighborhoods so you would think there would be more people out. I wish they had more bathrooms at the start. I recommend it as a first marathon. I do plan on doing it again this year.

Race Tips

It is completely flat. My friend who has done 20 marathons told me to just do even splits and it worked well for me until about mile 22.

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

We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Baymeadows. It is an okay place, but close to the start and finish line. Lots of restaurants close by.

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