- 13.1/Half Marathon, Other, Relay
- Road Race
I have run this race in 2018 and 2019 and overall, I do recommend it. I run it annually and most of my local running friends do as well. The reason that the even continues to grow in popularity, is because offers many unique elements that you may not find in other races.
Let's start with registration: This race offers many different categories beyond the traditional age groups. They offer a military division and also a division for costumes based on the theme. The next unique feature is the course. You start near a beach, run through out the town of Cocoa Beach, enjoy a few miles on the beach, and pass the World Famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. Upon your finish you will find the most unique thing about this race- THE BLING! You will get your very own hand painted mini Jeanie bottle!
While this race has many good points, there are a few areas of improvement to be mentioned. First of all, the expo is nothing to speak of. It will not be anything more than a quick packet pick up and offers only a few vendors beyond that. When it comes to the race swag, the hats are nice enough but not super fashionable. The shirts are also not cute and also poor quality. The course is very nice and flat and unique, but due to the time of year it can be very hot- not the race's fault, but something to be aware of and prepare for. There is also very little crowd support or on course entertainment so it can be a bit boring.
On the whole, race management is great. Pre-race communication is frequent and clear, staff members and volunteers are plentiful and helpful, and aid stations are sufficient. The finish line is well stocked with food and great beer. Music is present and its a great party vibe. Free photos go up post-race and are very nicely done and easy to locate.
In summary, if you are local, or semi-local, I would recommend this race. It could make for a nice racecation as well if you are interested in visiting the Cocoa Beach area. It is a fun race and, even though it has some weak spots, it is getting better year after year. For the money, it is worth it and I would be sad if I missed it!