2024 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon
& Half Marathon Presented by Colavita

Final Instructions for Participants

First off, Congratulations! You are about to take part in the 19th annual Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon, 6K, and Kids of Love Run Presented by Colavita! We truly thank you for choosing our event and hope you enjoy the beautiful course and scenery that signifies South Florida!

Below is a list of details and instructions to help you get through your race weekend smoothly.  It is organized in a somewhat chronological order from the expo through the end of race day, on Sunday.

*** Much of the info in this document is on the Event Website under the dropdown menu under “Event Details”, https://a1amarathon.com

*** ONE CHANGE FOR THE 2024 MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 6K ***

The Start Line for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 6K has been moved 650ft to the North.  This distance is .1 miles (not too far).  If you have run with us in the past, the Finish Line will be in the same place.  When entering the Parking Lot where our event takes place, please follow signs to the Start Line, and do not cross over barricades.

Below are the links to Details for each of the Sunday events:

* Marathon:  https://a1amarathon.com/a1a-marathon/

* Half Marathon:  https://a1amarathon.com/a1a-half-marathon/

* Kids of Love 6K: https://a1amarathon.com/6k/

* Kids Race:  https://a1amarathon.com/a1a-kids-fun-run/

 

Packet Pick-Up – The Publix Health & Fitness Expo

Friday & Saturday, February 16-17th  

https://a1amarathon.com/health-fitness-expo/

Broward County Convention Center, 1st Floor, Hall C
1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

 

Dates and Hours: 

  • Friday, February 16, 2024 – 3pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, February 17, 2024 – 10am to 6pm

 *** PLEASE BRING A PHOTO ID/PASSPORT to show volunteers to pick up your packet

 *** PLEASE BRING YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL WITH THE QR CODE.  The QR code is specific to you and will ensure the proper bib is given

Please note that you must attend the expo to pick up your race packets, which will include your performance tech shirt, bib number, timing chip, and goodie bag.

  • Please bring your ID, and the Email with the QR Code to pick up your packet and be prepared to show it to the volunteer staff that will be distributing the race materials.
  • The Runner Number/Bib Pickup will be organized by Event: Marathon, Half Marathon, 6K, Kids Race, 5K. Look for the sign hanging from the curtains for the event that you are picking up for.
  • ** If you cannot attend the expo, a family member or friend can pick up the packet on your behalf if you provide them with a Picture of your ID. Also forward that person the Confirmation email with the QR Code. 
  • VIP PARKING PASS – If you purchased a Finish Area Bahia Mar VIP Parking Pass, you will need to pick the Pass up at the Expo at the Registration table on the Far Right. Please BRING THE PASS WITH YOU ON RACE DAY!!

*** Please note… The Timing Chip is attached to the back of the bib.  Do not remove it.

 Marathon & Half Marathon Details –

** Please make note of the Change in Location of the Start Line, moved 650ft to the North **

Date:  Sunday, February 18, 2024

Start & Finish Address:

1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Schedule:

  • https://a1amarathon.com/parking-map/
  • 4:30am (EST) Start Line Area opens
  • 5:30am (EST) Welcome Address
  • 5:35am (EST) National Anthem
  • 5:45am (EST) Wheelchair Start Time
  • 5:50am (EST) Marathon & Half Marathon Start Time

 *** PLEASE PLAN ON ARRIVING EARLY!!!  WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU CARPOOL! THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC AROUND THE START/FINISH AREA GARAGES! WE RECOMMEND ARRIVING BY 4:30AM.

*** There is NO PARKING at the START/FINISH location address

 * Course Hours: 

Both the Full and Half Marathon Courses will be open for over 6 hours, from 5:45am – 12:00pm.  We ask that all participants begin to line up for the Start at 5:20am.  Slower Pace runners/walkers should start towards the back. There are no pre-assigned corrals.  Both Marathon & Half Marathon runners will start at the same time and share the same course for the first 8 miles.

*** The 2024 Courses are the same as in the 2023 event. PLEASE familiarize yourself with the courses via the web page below.  The Marathon Course features a Loop section.  Marathon runners will run the loop twice.  Simply put, Marathon Runners need to go to the top of the course 2 times.  There will be signs at the turnarounds along with course personnel to direct you.

*** Course Maps are available via the link below for the Marathon & Half Marathon details on the website:

https://a1amarathon.com/course-information/

* Aid Stations:

There will be Aid Stations at approximately every mile to mile and a half of the course, along with Porto-lets.  Each aid station will feature water and Gatorade electrolyte beverage.  We recommend that runners bring their own gels to ensure your proper nutrition.  There will be Medical personnel along the course if you require assistance.   We will also have ambulances on call if the need arises.

* Pace Teams:

There will be Pace Teams available for the Marathon & Half Marathon.  The pacers will be located in the Start Line Corral and will be holding signs with the target pace on it.  The Pacers will be organized in 15 minute increments: 3:00 hrs., 3:15 hrs., etc.  The Runner’s Depot Pace Team will also have a booth at the Expo in order to answer questions.

* Parking:

We STRONGLY encourage carpooling!! YOU MUST PLAN ON ARRIVING EARLY Parking can be a bit tight on the beach area.   Please…please, give yourself enough time to park so you are not rushed on race morning .  We have listed city owned parking lots on our website at, https://a1amarathon.com/parking-map/.  There are also outdoor lots on the south bound side of A1A/Seabreeze Blvd. Remember, Carpool if possible!!

By our Start/Finish Line Area, there are approximately 600 parking spots at the City Parking Garage at, 200 Las Olas Cir, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  The meters will begin at 4:00am.  It is about a Half Mile walk to Start/Finish area.

** The PayByPhone Parking app – We strongly recommend participants download the PayByPhoneparking app.  All City of Fort Lauderdale owned garages take payment via the app.  This will save you time and stress.  Download the app, upload your car and credit card info and you are ready to go.  Simply enter the parking location number into the app then follow the instructions.  This will allow you to avoid the pay meters.  Additionally, you can add time to your parking if need be from your phone.

Parking Map web page: https://a1amarathon.com/parking-map/

* GEAR CHECK:

There will be a Gear Check for 2024.  It will take place at a 26ft Yellow Penske truck parked in our Parking Lot, on the A1A side of the parking lot, near the Green Registration tent.  Please no valuables in the Gear check bag.  If possible, we suggest running with your car key.

* Awards:

All AGE group awards will be given out based on Chip Time/Net Time for each age group category for both male & females. Age Groups categories are for each 5-year increment: 19 & Under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34, etc. all the way up to 70-74, then 75 and older.

OVERALL Awards are based on GUN TIME.  If you expect to challenge for an Overall Award, please position yourself at the front of the Start Corral.

The Award Ceremony for both the Half Marathon & Marathon will take place at the Colavita tents where the band will be playing.

Half Marathon Awards:  8:45am (Pending Results are OFFICIAL)

Marathon Awards: 10:45am (Pending Results are OFFICIAL)

* Timing & Scoring:

We will be using the Bib Chip B-Tag System this year. Your timing chip will be affixed to your bib. Bibs should be on your chest or torso for a proper read by the timing system.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your bib is worn with the chip attached. No Chip…No Time.  Do not remove the chip from the back of the bib!

Please remember to wear your Bib! No Bib… No Run Time!

Once again, we thank you for choosing to race with us.  It has been a long and winding road for all of us to renew outdoor events.  Please be patient this weekend, and just enjoy being at an event!  The environment has been challenging but we are pushing through to make the best of it.

 Don’t forget to SMILE AND HAVE FUN this weekend!

Thanks & To the Start Line!

~ The Publix FTL A1A Team