Featured Races 2020
FEBRUARY 9, 2020
ST PETE DISTANCE CLASSIC CLASSIC
ST. PETE FLORIDA
DATE: Sunday, February 9, 2020
PLACE: North Shore Park, Downtown St. Petersburg
6:00 a.m. EST: Mandatory early start for any athlete expecting to exceed a 14-minute pace in the Marathon, Halfathon, or 10K
6:30 a.m. EST: Marathon, Halfathon, 10K
7:00 a.m EST: 5K Race/Walk
PACKET PICKUP There will be packet pickups at Fit2Run in St. Pete and Tampa the weekend and weeknights before the race, as well as on race morning. See the packet pickup schedule here.
DIRECTIONS: The start / finish line at North Shore Park is easily accessible at St. Petersburg’s waterfront, just north of the Vinoy Resort! If you need to Google or GPS North Shore Park, please use 901 N Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 as the address.
City officials have requested us to encourage our athletes to park at the Sundial Parking Lot, located at 117 2nd Street North for a flat fee of $5.00.
About The Race
Join us for our 2nd Annual St. Petersburg Distance Classic, on Florida’s west coast overlooking Tampa Bay. With a certified Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, plus a Virtual option, we offer something for everyone.
ALL four race courses start out exactly the same for the first 2 miles – heading north into Snell Isle. While 5K participants return towards the finish line, all other participants will head north and around Coffee Pot Bayou before returning back towards North Shore Park.
The Halfathon and Marathon head south along the waterfront, through our bustling downtown and onto Central Avenue which features a dynamic mixture of the best local shops found anywhere. Watch for an abundance of huge murals on Central Avenue’s building walls, as St. Petersburg is truly a well-know haven for artists of all types.
At Mile 10, the Halfathon and Marathon courses split at the Pinellas Trail, with the half marathon participants heading east back towards the waterfront, and the marathon runners heading west to achieve their marathon mileage, before returning to the waterfront finish line.
The St. Petersburg Marathon will be the first ever 26.2 mile race staged entirely in St. Petersburg. The marathon course has been accurately measured per USATF certification standards and certified (FL19019TY) and will therefore be a Boston Qualifier for 2020 and beyond.
For our out-of-town athletes, our award-winning, white-sand beaches provide the perfect setting to relax. Ideal average temperatures (56° – 71°) make this an ideal spot for a mid-winter vacation wrapped around a long-distance run or walk.
Finally, for athletes unable to join us on-site, we offer three virtual options: marathon, half marathon and 5K. Visit our Virtual Runs page for more information.
FLORIDA SHAMROCK DISTANCE CLASSIC
FORT DESOTO PARK , ST PETE FL.
DATE: Sunday, March 15, 2020
PLACE: Fort De Soto Park
There will be packet pickups at Fit2Run in St. Pete and Tampa the weekend and weeknights before the race, as well as on race morning. See the packet pickup schedule here.
Fort De Soto Park is located at the southern end of Pinellas County and easily accessible from any direction. From Interstate 275, watch for signs for the Bayway, which connects St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. Head west towards the beaches, turning south to Fort De Soto Par
About the Half, 10k & 5K
Put on your green and celebrate the arrival of spring at our 11th Annual Florida Shamrock Halfathon, 10K (new!) and 5K, located at Fort De Soto Park, near St. Petersburg on Florida’s beautiful west coast at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Fort De Soto’s beaches are regularly recognized as one of the nation’s best.
Both our courses are located entirely in Fort De Soto Park, starting and finishing at the park’s North Beach. These races will be run on paved access roads and recreational trails; no running on the beach.
They are extremely flat courses, with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured and certified by the USATF.
The races starts are staggered, with a 5K loop that returns athletes to the start/finish area while the Halfathoners will continue on the 10-mile out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park. Post-race party begins when the 5K athletes arrive,
Finish line treats will include fresh fruit, hot pasta, cold Coronas, and live entertainment.
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