From paddleboarding through quiet inlets to parasailing through the skies, Daytona Beach has no shortage of fun escapades for the whole family. And without a doubt, participating in an organized race in any capacity is a guaranteed adventure. Luckily, there are several upcoming opportunities to make the most of both the racing fun and Daytona Beach’s beautiful weather. 

Check out some of these top races coming to the area:

Challenge DAYTONA Triathlon

December 7-9, 2018

If you’re interested in top triathletes vying for victory, you won’t want to miss the

Challenge DAYTONA Triathlon, a triathlon festival that will be held in Daytona Beach December 7-9, 2018.

The main event is the Middle Distance Triathlon, with both individual and relay divisions.  The Middle Distance Triathlon will feature a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. And, the iconic Daytona International Speedway will be at the center of all the action.

In addition to the middle-distance triathlon, there are a handful of other activities on tap, including a sprint triathlon, 5K and 10K runs, and a corporate relay, among others. For the middle-distance triathlon, participants can expect the following:

First up: Hit the lake

Racers will start in Lake Lloyd, the 29-acre man-made lake that’s right inside the Speedway! Water temps usually hover around 70 degrees, but depending on what it is the day of the race, wetsuits will be permitted.

Next step: Pedal pushing

The bike course will actually start on the racetrack, where so many wheels have paved their way into history in years past. After that lap, bikers will leave the track via an exit tunnel and catapult onto roads that lead to the coastal highway. Racers can relish the mist coming off of the ocean views and  scenic parks as they make their way along the course.

The final stretch: Race for glory

The last leg of the triathlon will take place on the famed Daytona International Speedway track. It’s a way for participants to experience the adrenaline and awe that this state-of-the-art motorsports facility incites.

Racers will cross that finish line with a unique — and well-earned — sense of accomplishment. They’ll add their names to the list of legacies and world records that have been made in the very same place — and that’s the most rewarding medal of all!

Afterward, race participants can join spectators at the Challenge DAYTONA Village & Expo that will take place throughout the event. This market features a festival-like atmosphere that makes all who come by feel welcome and entertained. Shop for souvenirs from local businesses and global endurance sports brand alike — there will be many fun offerings and freebies to explore.

You don’t have to be an athletic superstar in order to participate — be a spectator and check out this line – up. There’s something for all ages and skill levels:

  • Middle Distance Aquabike

1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike

  • Middle Distance Duathlon

3.1-mile run, 56-mile bike, 10.5-mile run

  • Sprint Distance Triathlon (Individual & Corporate Relay Divisions)

0.5-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike, 3.1-mile run

  • Sprint Distance Duathlon

1-mile run, 6.2-mile bike, 3.1-mile run

  • 5K Run/Walk

3.1-mile run/walk

  • 10K Run

6.2-mile run

  • Junior Challenge (Kids’ Aquabike)

50-meter swim, 0.6-mile run

  • Pitstop Challenge

A just-for-fun race against the clock to change two bike tires.

REGISTER NOW for the Challenge DAYTONA Triathlon.

Moonlight Beach Run

January 5, 2019

The Moonlight Beach Run is the perfect way to kick off your healthiest, happiest year yet! Get in good exercise as the sun goes down and let the light of the moon guide you on into the darkness.

There’s something for everyone here — a half marathon, 15K, 10K and 5K. All courses are out and back on the hard-packed, expansive beaches of Daytona Beach. And, if you’re a finisher, you’ll receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and a funky, glow-in-the-dark finisher medal! After the race, get your groove on with a nearby party and concert at the historic Daytona Beach Bandshell!

Daytona Beach Half Marathon

February 9-10, 2019

Back for its 10th year, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon will draw runners from all across the nation to come race, celebrate and spend time soaking in the Florida sun.

Named by Active.com to be one of the top seven scenic half marathons in America, the Daytona Half Marathon provides runners the opportunity to start on the famed tri-oval track of Daytona International Speedway, over the Intracoastal Waterway, to the “World’s Most Famous Beach” and back.

It’s no wonder why people love this race. After running along the world-famous speedway, racers can enjoy the scenery from on the sand and race toward glory. Along the way, there will be plenty of pit stops that will be fully outfitted with water, sports drinks and more.

This year, the 13.1-mile race will finish in a new location: ONE DAYTONA. Located directly across from Daytona International Speedway, this hot spot is the perfect space for runners to celebrate with drinks, food and awards! 2019 will also extend the festivities over two days, with the addition of a 5K — an out-and-back on the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach Saturday afternoon. The Beachin’ It 5K will be followed by a beach party and bonfire. It’s sure to be a weekend of oceanfront celebration and physical feats — please visit the website for more information. 

Band on the Run 5K

February 23, 2019

Join the New Smyrna Beach High School Barracudas for a high-steppin’ fun run that will raise money for the school’s band. At the 4th Annual Band On The Run 5K, runners will start at 1000 Live Oak Street in New Smyrna Beach and pass along Magnolia & Riverside Drives through New Smyrna Beach.

Participation in this run costs $20. There will be various awards given to participants in all age groups, as well as awards for the top three team finishers. Plus, if you register by February 1, 2019, you’ll be guaranteed a T-shirt!

Whether you live for the adrenaline of the race or simply love the fun and friendship that take place at running events like these, Daytona Beach has your answer. So pack your running shoes and start your engines — start planning your next run in Daytona Beach today!