LifeSouth Race Weekend

Sat February 15 - Sun February 16 Gainesville, FL US 32601
The Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, FL US 32601

LifeSouth Race Weekend 

The 15th Annual LifeSouth Race Weekend on February 15 & 16, 2020 in scenic Gainesville, Florida! 

The LifeSouth Race Weekend is an initiative of the LifeSouth Community Foundation (formerly Five Points of Life), which provides education to K-12 students about the need for blood donation. To meet the needs of patients, it's imperative that we raise a "Donation Generation" of young people who understand and are committed to giving the gift of life. There's no substitute for human blood, and donations provide relief and hope for patients with life-threatening diseases and trauma victims. LifeSouth is YOUR community blood center, and we are the only provider of blood and blood products to the major hospitals in the Gainesville area and more than a hundred other hospitals throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. 


(USATF certification #FL19003JK)

Our 5K takes place on Saturday, February 15 at 8 a.m. The start is also downtown, and the course takes you on a tour of the Bed and Breakfast district, the area south of Depot Park, and on the Hawthorne Connector trail and back to downtown. Runners will be treated to several post-race food options. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each age group and male/female.

NOTE: Online registration closes for this event on 2/12/20. After that, only on-site registrations at packet pick-up 2/14 or race morning will be accepted. 

Kids' Marathon 

Our annual Kids' Marathon will be February 15 at 9:15 a.m. Registration is FREE through February 14, 2020. Children in grades K-8 are encouraged to participate, and can be joined by one parent or guardian. Participants are encouraged to log 25 total miles before race day, either through participation in the "Morning Mile" programs at their schools or by tracking mileage individually.

NOTE: Online registration closes for this event on 2/12/20. After that, only on-site registrations at packet pick-up 2/14 (still free) or race morning ($10) will be accepted.

Half Marathon (USATF certification #FL19008JK)

Our new downtown home means you get the best of our beautiful city.  The race begins at 7 am, almost directly in front of Bo Diddley Plaza on E. University Avenue. The half marathon course includes iconic landmarks such as the Hippodrome, views of Depot Park, a run across the Helix bridge, UF Campus and Lake Alice, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the "Bacon Strip" hills of 16th Avenue and the downtown. Run "home to the 'drome" down 1st Street as you cross University Avenue to the finish. A street festival awaits, with post-race food, beer garden, and entertainment!

NOTE: Online registration closes on 2/12/20. After that, only registrations at the packet pick-up on 2/14 and the expo on 2/15 will be accepted. 

Half marathon Pacers are available for the following goal times:

1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00

Packet Pickup Information

Early Packet Pickup (all distances) at First Magnitude Brewing Company,  1220 SE Veitch St, Gainesville, FL 
Friday, February 14     4:00-7:00 pm 

Day of Race pickup for 5K and Kids' Marathon

5K: Saturday, February 15   6:30 am-7:30 am in front of Hippodrome Theatre 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, Florida (note: 2nd Place will be CLOSED to traffic)

Kids' Marathon: Saturday, February 15: 6:30 am-8:30 am, in front of Hippodrome Theatre 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, Florida (note: 2nd Place will be CLOSED to traffic)

Additional Early Half Marathon Packet Pickup/Race Expo at the Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL

Saturday, February 15 during Expo 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Half Marathon Packet Pickup (day of race)

Sunday, February 16: from 5:30 am-6:30 am for Half marathon

EXPO Saturday, February 15 9 am-4 pm at the Hippodrome Theatre

You won't want to miss our expo! Check out 2020 models from Gatorland Toyota. Runners' friends and family can donate blood a the LifeSouth bloodmobile. Adopt a running buddy from Faithful Friends Pet Rescue (some dogs have had their adoption fees paid by sponsors!). Check out Gainesville's newest option for doggy daycare and boarding. Get some new running gear or sunglasses, and check out many fitness options in town. Get a custom screen printed shirt made right in front of you. Learn about the latest app to help you organize all your events. And, don't forget your ticket you got with your race T-shirt; many of our expo vendors will have drawings for prizes.

DISCLOSURE:  All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person. The deferral period has expired for 2020, so it is no longer possible to defer until 2021.

T-Shirts: Sizes are guaranteed for registrants through 2/1/20. Registrations after this date are not guaranteed a shirt. However, extra T-shirts are available and will be provided to those who registered 2/1/20 or later on a first-come, first-served basis.

Race Contact Info

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Half Marathon Map
5K Course map
Paper Registration Form

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Print this form to track mileage up until Race Day.

We're proud to partner with the Hampton Inn & Suites for accommodations for the 2020 LifeSouth Race Weekend. The hotel location is next to the half marathon finish line, and within a block of the start line. You'll enjoy great amenities and be able to soak up all that beautiful downtown Gainesville has to offer. Book soon! A limited amount of room are available at the special room rate of $141/night (queen bed room; taxes & fees not included)

Half Marathon Relay

Please refer to this map for half marathon relay exchange points. Runners in legs 2 and 3 must provide their own transportation to exchange areas.



Parking map

Parking downtown is available, but plan to arrive very early, especially on Saturday, February 15. Another event, Vegfest, is happening at Bo Diddley Plaza. 

Kids' Marathon Map

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