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Your Ultimate Guide to South Florida Marathons

From down and dirty races to upstate marathons.

Ready to take your fitness routine to the next level? (Or maybe you just need an excuse to buy a fresh pair of running kicks)? We've rounded up some of the best races in the region, whether you're a seasoned track star or you're just starting out.

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Races to Train Hard For

EAU Palm Beach Marathon

When: Dec. 6th
Where: West Palm Beach, FL
Price: $120 full; $100 half; $45 5K through November 30th. Prices increase by $10 on December 1st.
Beginning on South Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach, take in the ocean views and historic homes as you pound the pavement to the finish line and festivities at the Meyer Amphitheater. Grab all your running gear prior to the race at The Health and Fitness Expo.

Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

When: January 24th
Where: Downtown Miami
Price: $130 full; $105 half; $40 5K through December 3rd
Don't miss the city's signature marathon, where you'll compete with thousands of your closest friends from around the world.

Publix A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon & Half Marathon

When: February 14th
Where: Fort Lauderdale
Price: $100 full; $90 half

Just because the run falls on Valentine's Day, doesn't mean the Publix A1A is reserved just for pairs! This fast, scenic course with a guaranteed ocean breeze attracts runners from more than 40 states and 12 foreign countries, and even offers a course for kids. Oh, and bling alert– there's a unique medal waiting if you cross the finish line!

Michelob Ultra Miami Beach 13.1

When: March 6th
Where: Miami Beach
Price: $85 through November 3rd
Rock your run with on-course entertainment featuring bands and dancers. Once you cross the finish, the celebration continues with Latin food and a beer in South Beach!

Races worth the trip

Space Coast Marathon

When: November 29th
Where: Cocoa Beach, FL
Price: $105 full through October 31st
Florida's oldest marathon provides a running tour on the coast where Kennedy Space center is located. Plus, it's the only space-themed marathon in the galaxy. Make sure you wear your best run-appropriate space gear for the costume contest!

Best Damn Race Cape Coral Marathon & Half Marathon

When: December 13th
Where: Cape Coral, FL
Price: $65 through December 6th for both full and half
The  ‘Best Damn' race series was created for runners by runners and aims to provide a big race experience at an insanely low price (the first ten participants were able to sign up for $1). After the race, participants get free food beer, and a massage at the post-race party, if that's any incentive to get to the finish line.

Walt Disney World Marathon

When: January 10th
Where: Orlando, FL
Price: $205 (98 percent full)!
Where better to run 26.2 miles than the Happiest Place on Earth? The course takes you through all four Walt Disney World parks starting at Epcot, continuing on to the Magic Kingdom, and then through Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before your fantastic finish back in Epcot. There are also other themed runs throughout the year, like a Star Wars Marathon and the ever magical Disney Princess Run.

Key West Half Marathon

When: January 17th
Where: Key West, FL
Price: $110 through November 15th
Run the southernmost marathon in the continental U.S.! You'll weave through Key West's quaint old city and along the U.S.'s southernmost shore. A post-race "recovery" frosty beverage is BASICALLY required once you cross the finish line near the Half Shell Raw Bar, and if you're not quite ready for the half marathon, there's a 5K after.

Puerto Rico Marathon and Half Marathon

When: March 13
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Price: $90 full, $85 half through December 31st
The Puerto Rico Marathon and Half Marathon is the perfect runner's getaway. We mean, do you really need any more convincing to run in this tropical paradise?

Races to get down n' dirty

Miami Spartan Sprint

When: December 5th and 6th
Where: Davie, FL
Price: $89 to $119
Unleash your inner beast as you race three to five miles while conquering 20 to 23 obstacles, which includes mud, fire, walls, and barbed wire.

XTERRA Wildhorse

When: November 1st
Where: Dover, FL
Price: $30 for a 4 mile run, $40 for a 10K, $55 for a half; Registration from October 11th through October 29th
Choose your off-road adventure from the four mile, 10k, and half marathon distances as you race through Hillsborough County's Keith Waller and Sydney / Dover parks in Tampa. After the race, there's a pancake breakfast!

Tough Mudder Central Florida

When: November 7th and 8th
Where: Palm Bay, FL
Price: $185 through November 6th
Race your way through a mud-coated maze built upon Florida's natural landscape on St. John's River Island. It's described as "post-apocalyptic," with a human hamster wheel, underwater tunnels, a birth canal (yes, you read right), a ring of fire, and so many more obstacles, most new this year.

2015 X-Country Marathon, 30K, 1/2 Marathon & 5K

When: November 15th
Where: Lithia, FL
Price: $30 for a 5K, $55 for a half; $55 for a 30K, $60 marathon
Escape the confines of the city and let your inner nature-lover run wild along the hilly 5k, 30k, half or full marathon race course.

Down2Earth 5k-10k-Half Marathon Trail Run

When: December 13th
Where: North Miami Beach, FL
Price: $30 for a 5K, $40 for a 10K, $50 for a half
Race the Gilligan's Island trail at Oleta River State Park, at a 5k, 10k or half marathon distance. If you're ready for a challenging trail run, but not quite into the obstacle course frenzy, then this might be the race for you.

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