FAQs

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

  • We expect about one thousand runners to arrive on race day so allow yourself plenty of time for parking and getting to the start line at Gemini Springs. 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 7:00 a.m. and you will need to be lined up at the start line no later than 6:45 a.m.! You will want to arrive no later than 6:15 am.

  • The Half Marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. so you will want to arrive by 6:45 a.m. and be lined up at the start line by 7:15 a.m.

  • The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. so you will want to arrive by 7:15 a.m. and be lined up by 7:45 a.m.


What is the address for the Start/Finish Line?

Gemini Springs
37 Dirksen Drive
DeBary, FL 32713


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. And there will be a variety of post race food available.


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

Runners will be treated to samples of beer provided by local brewery --  Central 28.


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. Volunteers will be pulled off the course and water stops closed after that time.

The Half Marathon participants may finish while the Full route is open. The course closes at 2:00 pm.  You may stay out on the paved trails after the cutoff time but we have to remove our volunteers and water stops from the course.


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

This is a paperless registration event. You can only register online. We appreciate your support of our green initiatives.

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

Registration for 2021 is limited to a total of 1000 participants total. We expect to sell out.


Who is benefiting from this race?

Proceeds from this event will go to a variety of local organizations and charities which support the event by volunteering.  In past years this has included 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.  Volunteer groups/beneficiaries vary 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 10:00 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


What is the Half Marathon route?

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


What is the 5K route?

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


When is packet pickup?

You can pick up your packet on Thursday, April 1st from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, April 2nd from 3-7 p.m. at the Central 28 Brewery, 290 Springview Commerce Dr #1, DeBary, FL 32713

Race Morning at Gemini Springs, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary, FL 32713, April 3rd beginning at 6:00 am

Participants must pick up their packets in person and sign the County required COVID waiver in order to receive their bib.


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 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 10 water stops located along the full marathon course route that you pass twice. If you are running the half marathon you will pass around 5 stops passing each one twice.


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 West Volusia Pacers a part of the West Volusia Runners club.  See below for the listed times and pacer name.

Full
3:30 Daniel
3:40 Cheryl
3:50 Emily
4:00 Kimmie-Lynn
4:15 Chris
4:30 Katie
4:45 Chris B
5:00 Jennifer J
5:30 Rachel A


Half
1:40 Chris T
1:45 Erica W
1:50 Dave G
1:55 Rick P
2:00 Randy C
2:05 Ali W
2:10 Katrina P
2:15 Becky H
2:20 Marlene S / April J
2:30 Sara S
2:45 Stacey A
3:00 Maria M


Are there any hills or bridges on the course?

If you are running the full marathon you will cross a pedestrian bridge twice on the course. It has an elevation of about 25ft. There are some gradual inclines on and declines on the course but no other significant hills.


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, 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. 



Is there a weight requirement for the Ruck Division?

Weight requirements for the event are 30lbs for anyone weighing 150+ and 20lbs for anyone who weighs less than 150. 


Where should I park?

Race day parking is available in the open fields near the start / finish line at Gemini Springs. Please follow the Race Parking signs and the directions of the volunteers when you arrive.


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?

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?

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 near packet pick up in the start/finish area. Please plan to have your bag checked in no later than 6:30am.

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 don@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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