43rd Tallahassee Marathon/Half Marathon
The Tallahassee Marathon/Half Marathon is a race which was first held in 1975 with just two participants. According to the race's official website, in 2016 the race got a new course taking runners through a "magnificent tour of our city one mile at a time."
The full marathon race starts in the downtown area and continues through Midtown Tallahassee, Myers and Cascades Parks, and the Florida State campus. The race ends back in downtown at the "iconic finishing line." The marathon is 26.2 miles long with water stations at every mile and people cheering every step of the way. The half marathon race follows a similar, but shorter course.
Proceeds from the Tallahassee Marathon/Half Marathon benefit Gulf Winds Track Club and the Hang Tough Foundation, which, according to the foundation's website, is a local charity which assists families with children suffering from "chronic or life altering illness or special needs." The Tallahassee Marathon is also a USATF Boston Marathon-qualifying course. The Boston marathon is the most prestigious marathon in the world.
This year's marathon broke records for registration, with over 1300 registrations.The race was February, 5, 2017, at 7:30am and went live all over Facebook, WXLB, and WCTV.