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Testimonials
“I really enjoyed it. I thought the first 10 miles for me were great. I was running fast and felt good. Jogging down the beach was really the best part. The final three miles was really tough, but this was probably my best run yet.”
Kasey Kahne
“For an overall race venue with the participation from the crowd and what the sanctioning body did for all the runners and competitors was amazing"
Jimmie Johnson
“The Daytona Beach Half marathon is the only race where runners not only get to experience the thrill of starting on the Daytona International Speedway track, continue on to the sands of the world's most famous beach, and finish across the world's most famous checkered flag."
James Dinneen
“The Daytona Beach Half Marathon course is absolutely fabulous!...The beach portion just after sunrise featured classic cars, beautiful ocean waves and wonderful spectators who took our pictures."
Sue Smith

Daytona Beach Half Marathon Course

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon’s 13.1-mile course is unlike any other race in the world, bringing runners from the World Center of Racing, to the World’s Most Famous Beach & back! Click on the image to download the 2013 course map. The 2014 course will be very similar.

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon’s route, named one of the seven scenic half marathons in America by Active.com, features one of the most unique courses in the running world. With the legendary pavement and historic grandstands of the Daytona International Speedway serving as the backdrop, runners will start on pit road and run the first two miles around the storied tri-oval.

After exiting the track, runners will turn east on International Speedway Blvd. and dash past the Daytona International Speedway Track Tours Building. The course then continues east towards the Atlantic Ocean.

After crossing over the beautiful Halifax River & getting a first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean, competitors will soon reach the World's Famous Beach at approximately the 7.2-mile mark.

At that point, runners will catch a breathtaking view of the ocean at sunrise, with an approximate .2 mile stretch on the hard packed sands of Daytona Beach in front of Sun Splash Park, before turning around and beginning the trip back to the Speedway & the finish line. The return includes another trip over the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as a run past one of the nation’s oldest historically African-American colleges, Bethune-Cookman University.

At the 13-mile mark, runners will reenter Daytona International Speedway, and make a final sprint to the finish line. One of the best post-race parties around is then just a few steps away in the Sprint FANZONE with awards taking place in the adjacent Gatorade Victory Lane.

Race themed photo opportunities will be available on the course. In addition, live music will also be located at several points on the course to help keep you motivated to the finish!

Key Features

  • Daytona International Speedway
    The Speedway annually hosts the Super Bowl of motorsports, the DAYTONA 500, each February. The World Center of Racing is also the home of NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, held each July.
  • Daytona International Speedway Track Tours Building
    The attraction is located outside turn four of the Speedway on the corner of International Speedway Boulevard and Bill France Blvd.. Guests can experience the sights, sounds and history of the DAYTONA 500 through a behind the scenes tour of the Daytona International Speedway.
  • Mainland High School
    At the 3.5-mile mark, runners will pass Mainland High School, the alma mater of NBA star Vince Carter. The school's gymnasium is named after Carter, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school.
  • Bethune-Cookman University
    Runners will run past BCU twice during the race. Bethune-Cookman was founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, and is one of the nation’s oldest historically black universities.
  • Daytona Beach
    Competitors will reach the World's Most Famous Beach just past the 7-mile mark. Sunrise on race day is approximately 6:37 a.m., providing a great view once runners reach the ocean.

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