Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon Race Information

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020

There’s a lot of moving parts and race details that need to be communicated to the participant.  This page answers most of the question you may have.  If you can’t find it on this page or the other pages, send us a note and we’ll get you an answer quickly.  Thank you for your interest and running the Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon & 5K.  Be Moved!

The starting line for the Mile Dash, 5K and Half Marathon race is at Plaza Del Luna, 900 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502. The finish line for all races will be at the same location. Half Marathon time limit is 3 1/2 hours.

We will have a staggering start for each race.  More detail to come.

All participants are encouraged to arrive early to find parking in the downtown area. Parking lots available close to the start/finish are first come first served and are free on the weekend.  Please see the Downtown Parking Map for area parking locations and availability.

Both the 5k and Half Marathon races will be scored and age category prizes awarded based on NET TIME, meaning you will only be scored for when you cross the start and finish lines, not when the gun goes off.  Overall awards are scored based on gun time.  Both race will have a staggered corral start that will be assigned to you.  Corral starts will be based on your pace per mile.  You will be allowed to enter the start area 20 mins before your assigned corral start. The Half Marathon course has a 3 1/2 hour time limit requirement.

Race Chips will be attached to you bib.  You must wear your bib properly on the front of your shirt in order to be timed.

Strollers and Jogging strollers are permitted and will start at the back.  No animals allowed (exception for service dogs)

The entire course will close at 3.5 hours after the last person starts.

There will be 6 water stations. One near the 1.5, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 mile markers.  The start/finish line for both races will be in the Plaza DeLuna. 

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We will be using the ipico timing system. All bibs will come with the disposable timing chip fastened to the back of each runners bib number.  Bibs should be safely pinned to the front of runners shirts.  Once runners finish they can proceed through the finish line chute without stopping at a volunteer for chip removal.

4 pins must be used to secure your bib to your shirt or shorts. They are provided to you.

Bib must be visible throughout the race and worn on the front of your body.

Aid stations are located at approximately the 1.5, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 mile markers on the course. There will be individual bottled waters and portable toilets at each aid station as well as the start and finish areas. There will be DJ’s and bands on the course strategically placed to keep you entertained and motivated.

  • Participants in both races receive an official race Brooks moisture wicking polyester short sleeve t-shirt available in both men’s and women’s cuts.
  • All Half Marathon and 5K finishers will receive a commemorative Finisher’s Medals
  • All participants will receive a premium race bag
    • Eclipse Tote 20W x 15H x 6D

      • Unique reflective stripe design
      • Zippered closure with 42” adjustable handles
      • Multiple pockets inside and out with pen loop
  • Half Marathon registrants will receive the 2021 Daily Simplified Planner (valued at $60) from Pensacola’s own Emily Ley as a special gift!
  • 5k registrants will receive the Mini Notebook as a special gift.

Simplify your life…and your training schedule for your next race.

  • All participants will receive free photos available for download following the race, provided by Pensacola Sports

Packet Pickup will be at Perfect Plain Brewery Garden & Grain on Saturday, November 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM.  You will pick up your race packets. Proxy Pick-Up is available. The person picking up the packet that is not theirs will have to sign for it. Day of race packet pick-up is not recommended, but will be available for those not able to make the Saturday time.

Social Distancing will be in place, and all participants picking up will be required to wear a face covering.

Participants will receive small finger foods, soda, water and one complimentary adult beverage.

  • Brand: Brooks Podium Short Sleeve T-Shirt
  • Color: Black

See Size Chart: 20_WHMWomensShirtSizeChart

This years awards will be custom hand-made by local artist Tammy Caspersen of TLC Pottery

Overall awards for the Half and 5K runner’s races including overall, masters, grandmasters and senior grandmasters will be awarded.  Age group awards three deep in five year age groups starting at 13 for the both races will be available.

There will be no awards ceremony.  Awards can be picked up at our office at the specified times or will be mailed to winners following the race weekend.

TBD – Half – Begin lining up in correct corral for start
TBD – Colors Presentation and National Anthem
TBD – Start of the Half of Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon presented by Publix
TBD – Start 5K of Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon presented by Publix
TBD – Start Mile Dash of Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon presented by Publix

TBD –  Course Closes 

Support the Rally Foundation
The Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon Weekend benefits the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, a non-profit organization that empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Rally is active in the Pensacola community and has a designated fund to assist local families whose children are fighting cancer.

This is a Pensacola Sports event.  Pensacola Sports is a private 501(c)4 not-for-profit agency primarily funded from revenues generated from membership, partnerships and events. Our focus is education, inspiration and participation in various team, individual, amateur and professional sports activities.  Our annual programming includes  free youth sports clinics aimed at introducing sports to all children as well as provide safe, fun  activities for area youth, the Senior Scholar Athlete Banquet which awards over $100,000 in scholarships partnering with multiple organizations in the community,  a high school all-star series for volleyball, football, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball which gives senior athletes recognition and a chance to play in front of college coaches and much more.  Many Pensacola Sports events also directly engage and benefit organizations such as Arc Gateway, The Optimist Club, Police Cadet Programs and area Rotary Clubs

In addition to our event management, Pensacola Sports is the Sport Tourism marketing agency for Escambia county and our Pensacola Sports Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 philanthropic organization investing annually in worthwhile local sports initiatives.

To learn more about Pensacola Sports and how you can be involved, visit our website at

  1. Is there a time limit for the half marathon?
    The course will be open for three and a half hours.
  2. Can men run the half marathon, 5K and One Mile?
    While this event is intended to celebrate and focus on women, we welcome all athletes
    to participate. Men will not be eligible to receive any post-race finisher awards (top
    overall, top age group) in either the Half-Marathon or 5K.
  3. Why did you change to a women’s focused half marathon?
    We changed the focus of the event to attract women and offer a half marathon
    experience for the fastest-growing segment of half marathoners in America.
    For the past few years, the full marathon registration has decreased, and we wanted to
    reinvigorate the race for our city, our tourism community and our organization.
  4. What swag do participants get?
    All participants will receive a premium event shirt, free downloadable race photos,
    A premium Tote bag, and a commemorative finisher’s
    medal. Additionally, half marathon runners will receive an Emily Ley Daily Simplified
    Planner (valued at $60) and 5K racers will receive an Emily Ley Daily Simplified
  5. What else is there to do in Pensacola over the weekend?
    While you’re visiting Pensacola for the race, be sure to check out other events
    happening around the city including Pensacola Seafood Festival You can also
    check out for a complete guide to Pensacola-musts.
  6. Will the race benefit any charities?
    The race will benefit those charities serving women and families in our community and
    include: Rally Pensacola, Big Brothers, Big Sisters NW Florida, Ronald McDonald House Charities and
    Pensacola Sports Foundation..

Please click the link below to learn about the steps we will be taking to ensure the safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers.

2020_COVID Safety PlansWHM



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