The Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon begins in downtown Melbourne and traverses along scenic US1 and the Indian River offering great water views and two bridge crossings for half-marathoners with four for the full marathon runners. The event has water stops each mile of the course and will feature at least 20 musical acts along the route with a post-race concert providing beer, pizza and more to runners. The half and full marathon are the USATF Florida state championship races, and the ½ marathon is the USATF National Championship Masters Half-Marathon race and USATF Florida Masters Championship race. The weekend offers a $17,200.00 total purse with $10,200.00 marked specifically for USATF-member Masters runners. A $7,000.00 cash purse is awarded to top-placing handcyclists courtesy of Top End and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The 1/2 Marathon Relay offers two runners the chance to work together on a 6.55 mile tag-team run with each receiving a finishers medal.
The races kick off on Saturday with the Florida Today 5k & 8k and Ronald McDonald Kids Run. The 8-k is the USATF-Florida Masters state championship race with at least six musical acts on the race course and lots of post-race fun with music and kids jumpy house following the Ronald McDonalds Kids Run. Going into its fifth year, the Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend is East Central Florida’s premiere distance event and one of Florida’s fastest growing races.