The Daytona 100
07 December 2019
Run on quiet seaside streets and a beach with sand so sturdy it once hosted the world's most famous car race! The Daytona 100 is a flat and fast course . . . perhaps the fastest 100-miler in the state or even the country. And with the moderate-to-cool North Florida temperatures in December this course is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to run a first 100-miler, or to notch a "PR" in the distance. Ultrarunners will depart Atlantic Beach in Jacksonville and head south towards the mecca of auto racing! You will hug the ocean for 100 nonstop miles, through Daytona, until you pass the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and ultimately reach the finish line . . . on the beach in front of the world-famous Racing's North Turn, the very spot where the historic Daytona national car race used to exit the beach!The Daytona 100 is a USATF-sanctioned, north-to-south, point-to-point course that travels through some of the most scenic areas Florida has to offer. You will be running almost exclusively on paved trails, sidewalks, and the beach itself (80 miles of pavement; 20 miles of very firm and runnable beach). You will rarely be more than a block or so from the ocean, and will enjoy countless unobstructed views of the water. There is also the Daytona 50 miles.The course is FLAT, FAST, AND DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS!!
From the eclectic feel of Jacksonville and Neptune Beaches, through the upscale communities of Ponte Vedra / Palm Valley, and into America's First City, St. Augustine, the first 35 miles of the DAYTONA 100 offers unparalleled views of the ocean, multi-million dollar estates, and a large dose of history.The "middle section" of the course -- from St. Augustine to Beverly Beach -- features some true laid-back "Florida" beach towns, including St. Augustine Beach and the beaches of the Palm Coast. It also features the luxe community of Hammock Beach.Finally, the last 33-34 miles of the course pass you through Flagler Beach and Ormond Beach on your way down to the finish. Once you reach Daytona Beach Shores (Mile 88.5), you will run the next 4.5 miles on the beach itself, exiting it briefly in Ponce Inlet for one last aid station, as well as to circle the world-famous Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.You will then return to the beach at Mile 98, and -- for the first time in the entire race -- actually run north for the final two miles. You will also actually be on the section of beach where the great Daytona car races took place decades ago. The race finishes in dramatic fashion right on the beach at the very spot where the old Daytona auto races exited the beach onto Atlantic Avenue: the "north turn." The 50 mile follows the second half of the 100 mile race.
The course is drop-dead gorgeous! Highlights include:Painted in the same hue as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida (175 feet) and one of the tallest in the entire country.When you do hop on the beach for one last time at Mile 98, you are now actually on the stretch of sand that used to host the old Daytona National Races that were the precursors for today's Daytona 500!Great views along the way, especially views of the ocean.
Fully-stocked aid stations approximately every 10 miles, and coolers with ice and water every 5 miles between those stations.
One Ocean Resort & Spa is an official partner and is offering reduced rates for runners.
Belt buckle for finishers.
The race will be timed by Florida ultrarunning legend Mike Melton, of MCM Timing!!!