Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon

Event Date

Sun, Feb 8, 2015


Tallahassee, FL

About This Activity

Date/Start Time: The race will be on Sunday, February 8, 2015, and will start at 7:30 a.m. EST on the campus of Florida State University on Chieftan Way in front of the FSU Circus. Both courses utilize the St. Marks Trail and are paved and essentially flat. PLEASE NOTE there is a six hour cut off for the main field. Anyone on the course after 1:30 p.m. will be 'swept up and transported back to the finish area.

Wheel Chair Athletes: Wheelchair competitors will start a few minutes before the open field. Wheelchair participants must pre-register at least two weeks prior to the race so we can make proper arrangements. Please contact the race director if you intend to participate.

Tallahassee Marathon / Half-Marathon History: This will be the 41st annual Tallahassee Marathon. Our first marathon was held in 1975. The Tallahassee Half-Marathon has been held since the mid-1980s. This is the 12th year it will be run from Florida State University.

Aid Stations: We will have aid stations at the start/finish, and near mile markers 2/25, 4/23, 6/21, 8/19, 10/17, 12/15 and 13.5. Replacement Drink & Gels: Gatorade and GU will be provided at each of the aid stations.

Bathrooms / Port-o-Lets / Facilities: Port-o-lets are provided approximately every 2 miles along the course. The FSU bathrooms will be open, but we do not have access to shower facilities.

Typical Weather Conditions: Weather in Tallahassee, Florida, can be very unpredictable.  Average February temperature for Tallahassee is a high of 67, and a low of 42.  February is the fifth driest month with an average monthly rainfall of 4.63 inches.

High Temp
Low Temp
Average Wind Direction/Speed
S 4.6 mph, 17 mph gust
W 4.3 mph, 22 mph gust
NW 2 mph, 15 mph gust
N 1.9 mph, 15 mph gust
NW 7 mph, 21 mph gust
S 3.4 mph, 20 mph gust

Registration: Registration for the 2015 Marathon & Half Marathon will be available online beginning June 1,2014, at marathonguide.com. Members of Gulf Winds Track Club, the 50-States Marathon Club, 50-States & DC Marathon Club, or Marathon Maniacs Club are entitled to a $5.00 discount. Contact the race directors for the discount code, telling us what group you belong to. PLEASE NOTE, absolutely no refunds, deferrals or transfer of bib to another individual for any reason.


Bag Check: Bag check will be available near the corner of Spirit Way and Chieftan Way starting at 6:30 a.m.

Pre-Race Pasta Buffet:  Saturday, February 7, Jacob's on the Plaza at the Doubletree Hotel. See flyer for details.

Official Photographer: 
The Official Photographer for the 2015 Tallahassee Marathon is Endurance Imaging.

Minimum Age Requirements: Participants in the full marathon must be at least 16 years of age on the day of the race. Participants in the half marathon must be at least 14 years of age on the day of the race. ANY participant under the age of 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent. The Race Directors reserve the right to speak with a parent of a participant under 18 years of age and to disallow participation by a minor if we feel the minor is not adequately prepared to participate. Under no circumstance shall anyone under the age of 18 be allowed to register on the morning of the race.

Expo/Late Registration/Packet Pick-up Information: Our Expo will be in the main ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel on Saturday, February 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.   The Expo will include packet pick-up and securing your timing chip.  Additionally we will have race morning registration and packet pick up in the lobby of Tully Gym at FSU (near the starting line) from 6:15 to 7:00 a.m. We recommend that you pick up your packet prior to the morning of the race. We do not ship packets or their contents to those who do not get to the race. Under no circumstance shall anyone under the age of 18 be allowed to register on the morning of the race.

CORE Myofascial Therapy is used for immediate improvement of structure and function. George Kousaleos, LMT, is the founder of the CORE Institute and has worked with elite professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes for the past 35 years. George and his group of experienced therapists have supported the Tallahassee Marathon for over two decades. Hour($75) or half hour($40) sessions can be scheduled for the Tallahassee Marathon Exposition at the Doubletree Hotel by contacting George at geocore27@gmail.com, or calling/texting him at 850-445-7904. Free post-marathon sessions will be available at the infield of the FSU Track.

Speakers/Schedule: Our featured guest speaker at the Expo will be Hal Higdon.

11:30 - Film, "The Last Mile," a documentary on why we run, much of it filmed at our 2013 race
1:30 - Speaker Hal Higdon, prolific runner and author
3:00 - Ask the Directors, send your questions ahead of time or at this Q & A session
4:00 - Speaker Hal Higdon
Finishing Medals: Finishing medals for both half-marathon and marathon finishers

Awards: Traditional five-year age group awards beginning with 14-19, and continuing to 70+ (marathon) and 75+ (half marathon), including masters, grandmasters, and senior grandmasters categories for both genders for both races. Overall monetary awards $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250, & $150 for first five male/female marathon finishers, and $500, $250, $100 for the first three male/female master marathon finishers. Time bonuses of $500 for first male to break 2:20:30 and first female to break 2:40:06. Time bonuses of $250 for first master male to break 2:28:38 and first masters female to break 2:45:06. Overall and masters winners in both races will be awarded based on gun time.  All other awards will be based on net time.

Overall top five male and female, top 3 master male and female, top male and female grandmaster and senior grandmaster marathon winners will receive pottery awards. Overall top three male and female, top master, grandmaster and senior grandmaster male and female half marathon winners will receive pottery awards. Male and female 5 year age groups -- three deep in both the marathon and half marathon -- will receive pottery awards. All pottery work is done by local artist Brian Bachman.

Course Descriptions:

Tallahassee Marathon Course Map

Tallahassee Half Marathon Course Map

Finishing Certificates: Finishing certificates will be supplied to Tallahassee Marathon finishers upon request. Requests must be received within 30 days following the race.

Charity: One half of the net proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Lung Association of Florida. The remainder will be used by Gulf Winds Track Club to support club races and to provide services and amenities at the 2016 Tallahassee Marathon, in support of our goal to provide a first-class event.

Medical Emergency: Since we are a small marathon, we do not have medical tents along the course, but we have Leon County EMS stationed on the course and FSU Medical First Response at the finish line. We will have police officers working with us, and all water tables should have someone with a cell phone to call in case of emergency. We strongly encourage all runners to be properly trained to complete the marathon/half-marathon. In case of emergency, contact one of the race officials and we will contact medical professionals.

Course Certification / Boston Qualifying: Both the Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon are USATF certified. The certification numbers are FL11125EBM Marathon and FL09001EBM Half Marathon. Tallahassee Marathon times may be used as qualifiers for the 2016 Boston Marathon. For more information on the Boston Marathon, including qualifying times, please visit their website (http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx).

Race Switches:After you have registered, you may switch from the half to the full with payment of the difference in fees plus $10 switch fee, or from the full to the half (no refund of difference + $10 switch fee) with advance notice to the race directors, as long as space remains in the race you wish to switch to. Switches are not allowed on the course. Anyone switching on the course will not be listed in the race results and shall not be eligible for any award including finisher's medal. Anyone doing this is asked to NOT go through the finish chute.

Course Cut-off Time and Event Timing: The official cut-off time for the Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon is 1:30 p.m. This will give the participants six hours (13:44 per mile/marathon; 27:39 per mile/half marathon). Electronic timing will be used and timing mats will be located at the start/finish area and at the half marathon point of the full marathon. All participants will receive both a gun time and a chip time.

Host Hotel / Places to Stay: Our host hotel is the Doubletree Hotel, 850-224-5000. For other Tallahassee area hotels, visit the City of Tallahassee Tourism Directory and Vacation Guide at http://www.tallahassee.worldweb.com/.

Volunteers: We are in great need of volunteers both on race-day and prior to race day. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteertallymarathon@gmail.com if you are interested.

Additional Information: Contact the race directors at tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com.

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