OUC Half Marathon Race Review

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The OUC Half Marathon is an extremely popular road race in Southeast, traversing stunning downtown Orlando before finishing at Lake Eola. This 13.1 mile run / walk route boasts breathtaking scenery along its journey and boasts one of the highest participation rates of any Southeast road event.

Makenna Myler completed this year’s OUC Half Marathon while six months pregnant, running through pain to win both medals and trophies for her efforts.

13.1 Miles of Fun

The OUC Half Marathon is an incredible race held in Orlando’s heart. Beginning from Causeway Cove Marina and weaving its way through downtown before finishing on scenic Lake Eola, this course offers plenty of support on every leg of its journey. I would definitely recommend it as a fun way to get some exercise while experiencing this vibrant city!

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Great Course

This 13.1 mile course, certified by USATF and located in one of America’s prettiest neighborhoods, provides a fast and flat run through one of America’s most picturesque communities. Perfect for qualifying for Boston or simply seeking an enjoyable challenge!

The OUC Half Marathon offers an exhilarating route through downtown Orlando with a culminating finish line celebration at Lake Eola. Each year, thousands of runners from all around the globe come to Orlando to participate in this iconic race.

At this course, spectators are welcome, with plenty of food and drink offerings at the finish line. AdventHealth Self-help and Cool Zone provide lip balm, Biofreeze, water, bananas, granola bars and muffins from Publix as well as Gatorade Fit and Barney Butter almond butter snack packs available post race party. Cold beer such as Michelob Ultra or Florida craft beers may also be found.

If you want to ensure you meet your target time on race day, sign up for a Pace Group by Track Shack. These free groups are led by experienced pacers who will lead you along the course.

Great Organization

Track Shack and Orlando-based company OUC-The Reliable One did an outstanding job organizing an enjoyable race while adhering to current CDC safety protocols in order to reduce COVID-19 transmission on course and ensure participant, volunteer, and neighborhood safety.

Starting the race in corrals based on projected pace times made the experience easy for runners, making it simple for them to reach the starting line and stay with the pack. I commend this strategy of race organization; hopefully this trend continues into future years!

Organizers did an outstanding job of keeping runners informed and the route well-marked, providing plenty of support on and after the course with water, Gatorade, bananas, granola bars, clementines and chocolate milk for runners as they crossed. There was even a tent where runners could get their photos taken! Finally there was a wonderful Lake Eola party featuring live music following the race!

This year’s race achieved Gold level certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, marking an upgrade from their Silver certification last year. I think this demonstrates just how dedicated both the race and its partners are to not just adopting sustainable practices but fostering local awareness of issues like transit, waste minimization and energy conservation.

On Saturday morning, thousands of runners raced through downtown Orlando in the OUC Half Marathon and Barney Butter Lake Eola 5K. It marked the first in-person running event since COVID-19 pandemic first hit, something runners such as Makenna Myler were glad to see again.

Great Support

On Saturday, thousands of runners traversed downtown Orlando as part of the OUC Half Marathon and Barney Butter Lake Eola 5K events. Makenna Myler completed both races within one and half hours despite being six months pregnant – an astounding accomplishment in itself!

This 3.1 mile route winds its way through scenic downtown Orlando and ends at Lake Eola. Participants can enjoy live music along the course before celebrating at Lakeside Party with live music playing throughout. Pace Groups by Track Shack can also assist runners who aim for specific finish times.

Running and walking enthusiasts alike are welcome to take part in the OUC Half Marathon, Barney Butter Lake Eola Virtual 5K or Corkcicle Challenge which combines both distances.

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