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The Horrible Half
The race itself is an out-and-back "loop" of 3.29 miles repeated 4 times for a distance of 13.1 miles. While it's not an ultra marathon, it is very much an endurance event. This race is held during the hottest, most humid time of the year, with a noon start time. August temperatures can peak in the 90's during the middle of the day, and humidity hovers around the 70-80% mark making for a ridiculous heat index. The white sand temperatures blaze to a searing 120+ degrees! Heat management is crucial. This race is not for everyone. The course is made up entirely of ancient sand dunes, some of it very soft and fluffy, with some gentle rollers and some outright steep climbs. This is the only Half Marathon in south Florida that will give you 1,200+ feet of elevation gain over the entire distance. Combine the brutal terrain with the unrelenting heat and humidity, and you're running easily the most challenging trail half marathon in Florida.
There is a strict 4 hour cutoff time for the event. Runners must have completed all 4 loops by 4 p.m., or they will be listed as Did Not Finish in their results. You must be on your last loop by 3 p.m. or you will not be permitted to continue. Race management reserves the right to remove anyone from the course who displays distress above and beyond "normal and expected" for this type of event. We will have a medical staff on hand who will be evaluating runners as they make their way through the race.