Tomoka Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

Sat March 21, 2020 Ormond Beach, FL US 32174 Directions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What time should I be there.. for the Half... for the Full Marathon... for the 5K?

  • We expect several thousand runners to arrive on race day so allow yourself plenty of time for parking and getting to the start line at The Casements. Allow even more extra time if you are waiting until race day to pick up your race packet. The Full marathon races start promptly at 6:00 a.m. and you will need to be lined up at the start line no later than 5:45 a.m.! You will want to arrive no later than 5:15 am.

  • The Half Marathon starts at 6:30 a.m. so you will want to arrive by 5:45 a.m. and be lined up at the start line by 6:15 a.m.

  • The 5K starts at 7:00 a.m. so you will want to arrive by 6:15 a.m. and be lined up by 6:45 a.m.


What is the address for the Start/Finish Line?

The Casements
25 Riverside Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176


Will there be any food at the Post Race Party!?

The normal runner's fare of water, bananas, and other snacks will be provided at the finish line area.

Dunkin Donuts will be available in the morning for coffee, donut holes and bagel bites. We will also have pizza available courtesy of Mezzaluna Pizzeria for your post race snack starting at 9:00am.


What beer is being served at the Post Race Party!?

Runners will be treated to samples of beer donated from our own local brewery, Ormond Brewing Company, at the finish line. This will also be supplemented with Michelob Ultra courtesy of Daytona Beverages.


Is there a maximum finish time? Can I walk the 13.1 miles or the 26.2?

The Full Marathon route will stay open for 7:00 hours. You must maintain a 16:00 minute per mile pace average. Runners still on the course after the cutoff time will be picked up by the sweeper vehicle. These cutoff times are needed for runner safety and to protect runners once the major roads are opened for traffic.

The Half Marathon participants may finish while the Full route is open. The course closes at 1:30 pm.


Are there shuttles available to and from the start/finish line?

There will be shuttle service to and from the host hotel, The Hampton Inn. Shuttle Information will be given to the registered guests upon check-in.
Shuttle Service times:
4:30am on Race Day for Full Marathon Participants.
5:30am on Race Day for Half Marathon Participants
6:20am on Race Day for 5K Participants and Spectators
Return service will run from 8:00am until 1:00pm.


Do you have any training plans or group training opportunities?

Here are two 16 week training plans to help you get ready for the marathon and half marathon.
Full Marathon Training Plan
Half Marathon Training Plan

The West Volusia Runners run 8-10 times per week in North Seminole County and West Volusia (DeLand, Debary, Orange City, Deltona) and have several runners training for the Tomoka Marathon & Half. Join for only $10 a year at www.WestVolusiaRunners.com.

The Volusia Flagler YMCA is also offering training available to YMCA members. Please check with your local YMCA to find out more information about the training program.


Do I have to register online? Can I send in a paper form?

You do not have to enter online. You can fill out a paper registration form and mail in to us. Please ensure that paper registration forms are postmarked before March 16th, 2019.

Click here to download the paper registration form


How many people do you expect for the Tomoka Marathon, Half and 5K?

Anticipated registrants for the race are between 1600-2000

We expect the breakdown for each event to be approximately:
Full Marathon - 550
Half Marathon - 950
5K - 500


Who is benefiting from this race?

Proceeds from this event will go to a variety of local organizations and charities. These include the Halifax Health Foundation, The Boy Scouts of America, the Civil Air Patrol, the Seabreeze High School Cross Country Team, the Embry-Riddle Lady Eagles Soccer Team, the Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks, Team RWB, the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, and others on a changing basis from year to year.


What awards are being presented?

Half Marathon: Top Overall Male & Female; Top Male & Female Master, Top 3 in Age Groups 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

Full Marathon : Top Overall Male & Female; Top Male & Female Master, Top 3 in Age Groups 17 & Under, 18-24 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

5K: Top Overall Male & Female; Top Male & Female Master, Top 3 in Age Groups 9 & under, 10-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+


What time is the Awards Ceremony?

We expect the awards ceremonies to take place at the following times, but final times will be determined on race day based on the finishers times. 5K at 9:00 a.m., Half Ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Full Ceremony at 12:30 p.m


What is the Full Marathon route?

Please check our Course page for the lastest course maps and information.

Marathon Course Certification

Starting from The Casements heading South on Riverside Drive then North on Halifax Drive until it ends at John Anderson Blvd, then heading North along the Intracoastal waterway.  The course then heads West across High Bridge and follows Walter Boardman to Old Dixie Highway where runners turn South.  Runners continue South into the Tomoka State Park. As the runners exit Tomoka State Park, they turn south back toward The Casements along Beach Street South to Oak Forest Drive, back to Beach Street South and back over the Granada Bridge (Again) finishing in Rockefeller Gardens at The Casements.


What is the Half Marathon route?

Please check our Course page for the lastest course maps and information.

Half Marathon Course Certification

Starting from The Casements with the Full, heading South on Riverside Drive then North on Halifax Drive before going out and over the Granada Bridge to Beach Street and North into the Tomoka State Park. As the runners exit Tomoka State Park, they turn south back toward The Casements along Beach Street South to Oak Forest Drive, back to Beach Street South and back over the Granada Bridge (Again) finishing in Rockefeller Gardens at The Casements.


What is the 5K route?

Please check our Course page for the lastest course maps and information.

Starting from The Casements, heading South on Riverside Drive then North on Halifax Drive before going out and over the Granada Bridge to Beach Street and heading North on Beach Street to the turn around point. At the turn around point runners head South back toward The Casements along Beach Street and back over the Granada Bridge (Again) finishing in Rockefeller Gardens at The Casements.


When is packet pickup?

You can pick up your packet on Thursday, March 21st from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, March 22nd from 2-6 p.m. at the Ormond Brewing Company, 301 Division Ave Unit 15, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

Race Morning at Rockefeller Gardens, March 23rd beginning at 5:00 am

You may have a friend or family member pickup your packet for you. They will need to know your full name, date of birth and your bib number.


Is this a timed race?

All distances will be professionally timed by Runner's High Timing and Race Management. All participants will receive a personal timing chip that is attached to their bib.


How do I get my race results and will there be runner tracking?

Your race results will be available almost immediately after you cross the finish line. Each bib will have a QR code on the label. If you scan this code with your smart phone it will take you directly to the website where your personalized race results are posted. If you don't have a smart phone or cannot read your QR code you can also go to the Results Page and enter your bib number or name at the prompt. Family and friends can also follow this link. You can sign up for text and email notifications when you register.  Official race results will also be posted online after the event at www.RunnersHighRacing.com.

Runner tracking and results will be also available through Race Joy.


What are the road closures?

N. Beach Street will be closed from Granada Blvd to Tomoka State Park from approximately 6:30am until 1:00pm.
From Tomoka State Park heading North on Old Dixie Highway to Walter Boardman Street will be closed from approximately 6:30am until 12:30pm.
Walter Boardman Street to Highbridge Road and across to John Anderson will be closed from approximately 6:30am until 11:30pm.
South bound John Anderson Blvd from High bridge to Granada Blvd. will be closed from approximately 6:00am until 9:00am.

Please note – there will be no access to Fortunata Park on the north-east side of the bridge as this park is closed for the race


What if I injure myself along the course?

If you are injured on the course please stop one of our bike marshals or stop at one of the aid stations. Our Volunteers will be able to help you and can call for medical assistance from our Halifax Health Medical Team if needed. Don't be shy about asking for help if you need it. Our volunteers and medical staff are out there supporting you!


What if I injure myself or can't attend the race, can I get a refund or transfer my bib?

Race registration is not refundable but you may defer your entry until next year or transfer your bib to another runner. This can all be done online through your RunSignUp account. Just follow the steps below.

Defer

  • 1. Sign In to RunSignUp

  • 2. Go to your Profile

  • 3. Click My Registered Races

  • 4. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to defer

  • 5. Click the Defer menu item

Transfer

  • 1. Sign In to RunSignUp

  • 2. Go to your Profile

  • 3. Click My Registered Races

  • 4. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to defer

  • 5. Click the Transfer To Another Runner menu item

  • 6. Fill out all required fields

  • 7. Select either Transfer as a Gift

Once under the “Transfer to Another Runner” tab, you will be able to make sure that you have selected the correct registrant and event for this transfer. Using the fields for first name, last name and email address, indicate the user that you will be transferring your registration to. Select that this transfer will be a Gift


Can I drop down or switch events between the marathon, half marthon or 5K?

Yes, if you registered online you can do it directly through your RunSignUp account. Follow the steps below to transfer to your preferred event.

  • 1. Sign In to RunSignUp

  • 2. Go to your Profile

  • 3. Click My Registered Races

  • 4. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to transfer your event for

  • 5. Click the Transfer Event menu item

  • 6. Click the Start Transfer button

  • 7. Select your new Event from the Event Drop-Down

  • 8. Agree to the Waiver and click Continue


How many water stops will there be along the course?

There will be a water stop every 1 to 2 miles along each route. The marathon will have 16 water stops located along the full marathon course route. If you are running the half marathon you will pass around 12 stops.


Will there be pacers for the full and half marathon?

Yes. We will have pace teams for both the full and the half marathon. Our pace team is being provided by the Super Pacers

SUPER PACERS ARE A THOUGHTFUL COLLECTION OF THE MOST CONSISTENT, DEDICATED, INSANE RUNNERS ACROSS THE NATION. OUR PACERS GIVE BACK FOR THE LOVE OF RUNNING! Check out the PACE TEAM and to see the links to their insane racing history. Get ready for the run of your life.

Pace Groups
Pace groups will be offered for the following times. These are straight running groups.  You will be able to get more information about the pace teams and meet your pacers at the event expo.

Half Marathon 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:30

Full Marathon 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:40, 4:50, 5:00

For 2019 we have also Galloway pace groups for the Half Marathon for finish times of 2 + hours.  Check back for more details.


Are there any hills or bridges on the course?

This is a very flat course but there are two bridges on it. For the full marathon participants they will first cross High Bridge at Mile 10. This is a draw bridge that is approximately 25 feet above the water. It is a small but scenic bridge. It may open during the course of the event but there will be volunteers there to record your stop and start times which we will use adjust your final results after the event deducting any delays. The second bridge which is crossed by all participants is the Granada Bridge. This bridge is approximately 65 feet above the water and is 1/4 mile from the bottom to the top. It is at mile 25.5 for the full, miles 1.5 and 12.5 for the half and miles 1.5 and 2.5 for the 5K.


Will you offer any energy drinks along the course?

Most water stops on the course will also have Gatorade for your convenience. The volunteers will announce what is available at each stop as you approach it. The routine throughout the race is Water First. Gatorade second.


Will you be offering Energy GELS during the race?

Yes, For 2019 Boom! energy gels will be offered at multiple locations along the routes.


Are jogging strollers allowed on the Course?

Jogging strollers are allowed. Please start near the back of the pack and be courteous of other runners. 


Where should I park?

The map indicates recommended parking areas. Some parking is also available along the surrounding streets. Please be sure to follow all posted parking signs and regulations as law enforcement will be out supporting the event and may ticket anyone illegally parked.

We recommend parking at Osceola Elementary School in the open field. This parking area is about 1/4 mile from the start / finish line. The best address to use for the parking area is; 126 Coquina Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176


Are there any bathrooms on the course?

Yes, bathrooms and port-o-johns will be available. There will be at least one port-o-john at each water stop. Some will have several and there will be some bathrooms available along the route.


Where can my family and friends cheer for me along the route for the Half?

The half route is difficult to access for family and friends unless they position themselves along Beach Street before the road closes. They would want to be in their place along Beach Street no later than 6:30am.

An easy option would be for them to park on the west side of the bridge and walk down Beach Street to see you around mile 2 or 3. They can easily walk back to the finish line at the Casement’s Rockefeller Gardens before you return.

You can also download the RaceJoy app to your smart phone and search for the Tomoka Marathon. You will find cheering zones identified along with recommendations on how to get to and from the zone.


Where can my family and friends cheer for me along the route for the Full?

The Full route has a few parks along the route that cheering squads can gather. The first is James Ormond Park. (See attached picture to include). North Beach Street will be closed to Northbound traffic at 6:30am, so be sure they are well on their way after they drop you off, or they will need to take the long way around the loop via John Anderson.

Another viewing point is at High Bridge Park. This isn’t optimal as the runners run in front of this park and they will most likely witness traffic coming and going. Again, they will need to be in position before the southbound Beach Street closes, or take John Anderson to the park. Warn them of delays and runner traffic.

Please note – there will be no vehicle access to Fortunata Park as this park is closed for the race.

You can also download the RaceJoy app to your smart phone and search for the Tomoka Marathon. You will find cheering zones identified along with recommendations on how to get to and from the zone. 


Will I be able to leave a bag at the Start/Finish Line?

Yes! We will allow you to leave a bag at the start area to retrieve once you finish your race. The Drop bag area will be located at Rockefeller Gardens on the River. Please plan to have your bag checked in no later than 6:00am.

You may pick up your bag with your bib ONLY. A friend/family member cannot pick up your bag for you. We will not release any bags without showing the bib that is assigned to the bag. This is for your safety. Please do not leave valuables as we are not responsible for loss or damage of any items left at the Drop Bag Area.


I think I may have left behind my lucky, pink, autographed, Hello Kitty t-shirt in the PartyZone. Is there a lost and found?

For anyone who may have lost something, please provide a clear description of the item in an email to Stacy@runnershighracing.com.


Why don't you offer a medal for the 5K finishers?

The main goal of the Tomoka Marathon is to get people out into the Tomoka State Parks and see and feel the amazing natural beauty of the Tomoka Loop.  The most breathtaking salt marshes, estuaries, old oaks and canopied roads are on the furthest points of the full marathon course.  Completing a full marathon for most people is a life changing goal which requires many months if not years of preparation. For these reasons the full marathon is a major focus of this event.  Similarly the half marathon course is a long beautiful journey into the state park and along the Tomoka River and is a goal which for most requires months and months of training and preparation. We strive to make the race experience for all distances it’s own reward but for the full and the half marathon we offer finisher medals as additional incentive for runners that take on these extraordinary challenges.

We offer the 5K because we want to promote healthy living and encourage an active lifestyle for both adults and children and want to include as many runners, family, friends and community members as possible. We provide a timed event on a beautiful and traffic controlled course with 13 categories of age group awards, high quality shirts, free photography, free pizza and beer (to runners over 21) at the same finish line celebration that the full and half runners enjoy. Additionally we provide all of these amenities FREE to kids under 15 who join their parents at the event.  For 2019 we provided over 170 free kids entries. While we recognize and appreciate that a 5K is an achievement in itself and a major achievement  for many we do not offer finisher medals for 5K runners. We feel it is more important to keep the cost of the 5K reasonable, provide the free kids entries and promote the healthy lifestyle for families!

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