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Dial Up Your Distance – Pensacola Has Your Run.

And it almost always comes with a spectacular view.

This run-delirious coastal community holds races and community runs year-round. Running is not just a health resolution or a route to fitness. It’s a way of life; a social connection.

If you’re a serious runner, it’s serious fun. And the courses are downright gorgeous. The pristine bays and turquoise Gulf of Mexico serve as a backdrop for the runs and a home to a growing palette of triathlons, anchored by the Santa Rosa Triathlon in the fall.

Top athletes with international running pedigrees come here to compete, with prize money on tap for some of the area’s top runs.


Pensacola Double Bridge Run presented by Publix (January-February) — Nicknamed the Race to the Beach, the Pensacola Sports Association’s flagship race is a 15K (9.3 miles) that draws 3,000 runners. It starts at the new waterfront stadium in Pensacola’s downtown Maritime Park and crosses Pensacola Bay and Gulf Breeze to finish on Pensacola Beach. Most of the course is flanked by water. Runners stream through phased starts and attack the flat first two miles along the gorgeous bayfront to the 3.6-mile Pensacola Bay Bridge. The last hurdle? Crossing the high-arch Bob Sikes Bridge at mile 8, when you’re kicking for the line – it’s a sheer climb of 75 feet spanning Santa Rosa Sound.

Rock N’ Fly Half Marathon (early March) — Launched by a fighter flyby at its start on Pensacola Naval Air Station, the Rock N Fly Half Marathon course rolls through scenic Pensacola NAS.

McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K Prediction Run (Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day) — This is America’s largest prediction run. It’s hard to tell where the race ends and the Irish street party begins. Crowds have swelled to more than 16,000 temporarily Irish run-walker-dancers. Speedsters start at the front of this green-clad groundswell. Prizes are for speed division winners and, of course, prediction times.

Fiesta 10K (late April-early May) — Now 41 years old, the Fiesta 10K is a one-way run that starts at Pensacola State College and finishes in historic downtown Pensacola. It’s a downhill route with one steep climb before the runners dash downhill through the 12th Avenue Tree Tunnel where Napoleonic oaks drape the roadway in the iconic East Hill neighborhood. The final sprint through Pensacola’s historic downtown is heralded by bagpipes and followed by an after-race party in Seville Square and free entry into the Fiesta of Five Flags Crawfish Festival.

Pensacola Mud Run (late October) — The annual Mud Run is a family-friendly 5-mile and 20-obstacle course situated on 150 acres north of Pensacola. Runners can expect to slip, slide, climb, jump, slog, and swing their way to a fun finish where food, refreshments, and showers are waiting. The object is to have fun and complete the run, not to finish first. Proceeds benefit Pathways For Change, a Pensacola non-profit agency.

Pensacola Marathon (November) — Filling the void left by the famous Blue Angel Marathon, the Pensacola Marathon winds through the hilly Pensacola bluffs and finishes at the Admiral Mason Memorial Park along Pensacola’s bay-front. The race also offers a half marathon and a children’s 1-mile run.


Pensacola Triathlon (Debuting in April 2017) — This new event launched by Running Wild is a must-do. Start your race with a swim in Pensacola Bay, bike along the scenic out-and-back course, and run through Historic Pensacola neighborhoods and past cheering spectators. Race Headquarters (Transition area and Post-Race party) is held at Maritime Park, next to the Blue Wahoos Stadium. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned race offers both International (1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run) and Sprint (600M Swim, 20K Bike, 5K Run).

Mullet Man Triathlon (late April) — Held a week before the world-famous/low-brow Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss, the Flora-Bama Mullet Man Triathlon features a quarter-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 17-mile bike ride from Florida into Alabama and back and a 4.2-mile run, again crossing and returning from Alabama.

Pensacola Beach Triathlon (mid-May) — Flat and fast, this short triathlon is gaining popularity and is a great event for relative newcomers to the sport. It’s a 300-yard swim in the protected Santa Rosa Sound, 10-mile bike and 5K run (3.1 miles). Find it on

Santa Rosa Island Triathlon (SRI Tri) (October) — A growing triathlon community is home to the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon, a sprint-triathlon on Pensacola Beach that features a 600-yard swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 18-mile bike race through the beachfront Gulf Islands National Seashore and a 5K run.