Cocoa Beach Half Marathon


The Cocoa Beach Half Marathon was on our “Must Do” list because we love I Dream of Jeannie! ¬†Overall, we were very pleased on the race. ¬†We both completed the Half Marathon and Katie’s parents ran the relay so we fully covered this race. ¬†To start the course you board a shuttle from near the finish line down about 6 miles to the start. ¬†For us, this worked well. ¬†The second half of the relay team does not get on a shuttle and is responsible to get to the halfway point (which is very close to the finish line and shuttle area). ¬†Before the start line there was some entertainment with the DJ. ¬†I would’ve liked to see photo ops or more to do. ¬†The first part of the course is about 8 straight miles down A1A. ¬†This is great for runners looking for a good time. ¬†After that it turns around in some parking lots and then completes 3 miles on the beach before finishing down A1A again. ¬†This means the first relay runner has an easy straight shot, while the second runner has a challenging beach course. ¬†This also means that you run past the finish line before you even are halfway done. ¬†This was a HUGE BUMMER!!! ¬†Entertainment on the course was nice, the volunteers were amazing, and the water stops were well staffed. ¬†In the end, this is on our list to do again next year as a relay race. ¬†The date for next year is October 29th, 2017.


Our Cocoa accommodations left something to desire. ¬†We stayed at the La Quinta closest to I Dream of Jeannie Lane and were extremely disappointed. ¬†We booked the two hotel rooms months ago and requested a late race day checkout. ¬†Upon arriving at the hotel, they denied all requests and refused any accommodation for us. ¬†This meant we had to be out of the hotel by 11AM (the same time we were mulling around getting water/food/beer post race). ¬†Luckily, Katie’s mom was able to remove our luggage in time since she completed the first half of the relay. ¬†I would advise everyone AGAINST staying at the La Quinta. ¬†It was a horrible experience.


Cocoa Beach food options were amazing!! ¬†We ate lunch at the Sandbar Bar and Grill close to Ron Jon Surf Shop and everyone had amazing food. ¬†We had a light lunch to prepare for a big dinner. ¬†Our afternoon snack was at I Dream of Yogurt, a frozen yogurt shop all themed around I Dream of Jeannie. ¬†This is a Must Do before or after the race! ¬†I was sad they weren’t doing a special for runners though. ¬†Dinner was at Brano’s Italian Restaurant (not Bruno’s). ¬†We had amazing service and pre-race pasta that was not greasy or too filling. ¬†When we do the race again, we will probably repeat all of our restaurant choices!


Cocoa Beach Half Marathon Review:

  • Do this race alone or with a friend – the Half and Relay are great options!
  • Stay the night before – just not at the La Quinta.
  • Wear a costume or a fun outfit!
  • Get a pre or post race treat at I Dream of Yogurt!

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