Daytona Beach Half Marathon

04 Aug 2011 09:40
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race

§staticmap(9998,5,450,250)Hello, on October 30 2011, you’ll be organizing the Daytona Beach Half Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?

The race will be located in beautiful Daytona Beach and features a start and finish on the track of the Daytona Beach International Speedway.

How old is the race and why was it created in the first place?

The inaugural race was held in November of 2008. The race was created as a partnership between the Sports Commission, Daytona International Speedway, Volusia County and the City of Daytona Beach.

We wanted to create an event that served our community, while providing a half marathon unlike any other in the country. Half marathons can be held anywhere, but it’s very rare to start and finish in such a special location: on the track at one of the world’s most famous racing landmarks.

Daytona Beach speedway
Credit : Bang-Ning Hsu
What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

We have an out-and-back route. The first two miles of the race are on the track at Daytona International Speedway. After leaving Speedway property, the runners wind through the city of Daytona Beach.

At mile 7.4, they run along the boardwalk, overlooking the World’s Most Famous Beach. The course then turns back towards the speedway and finishes at the track’s actual finish line.

How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

After seeing an increase every year since 2008, we expect more than 1,000 runners on October 30. We will have serious runners, recreational runners and walkers.

Our course limit is 3 hours and 30 minutes, which means anyone who can maintain a 15-minute mile pace is able to complete the race.

Daytona Beach speedway
Credit : Ola Christian Gundelsby
Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?

At this time we do not have any other races that will take place, but it is something that we are considering for future years.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

During that time of the year, the average weather is a high of 80 degrees and a low of 63. The race starts at 6:30 am which should provide comfortable running conditions.

Have you planned festivities around the half marathon?

We do not have a festival, but we do have an expo that will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 2pm-6pm. We also have a post race party in which the runners can enjoy complimentary food and drinks while checking out sponsor booths and cheering on fellow finishers.

The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Daytona Beach before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

The beach! We encourage our runners to bring their families and friends and enjoy the entire weekend at the World’s Most Famous Beach.

Also, all race entries include a ticket for a behind-the-scenes tour of Daytona International Speedway. The good news is it’s a tram tour, which means you don’t have to see the 2.5-mile Speedway on foot (again!).

Daytona Beach
Credit : Jeff Nickel

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon?

We promise that you’ll never see another half marathon start and finish line location like the one you’ll see at the Daytona Beach Half Marathon.


Interview with Miranda Smith, Volusia County Marketing and Events Manager.