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Best Damn Race – Safety Harbour

Sat 2nd Feb 2019 • by Best Damn Race
Safety Harbor, Florida, US

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Tickets $30–$95

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What you need to know

The 7th Annual Best Damn Race Safety Harbor 2019 features a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 5K + 10K Challenge on February 2, 2019. Best Damn Race is a running series created for runners by runners. Our goal is to provide a big race experience at a local race price. It doesnt matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, we want you to have the best DAMN race experience.

Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    7:15am Sat 2nd Feb 2019
    $75–$95
    Tickets available
  2. 10k + 5k Challenge

    Run 15km
    6:45am Sat 2nd Feb 2019
    $80
    Tickets available
  3. 10K

    Run 10km
    6:45am Sat 2nd Feb 2019
    $50
    Tickets available
  4. 5K

    Run 5km
    9:00am Sat 2nd Feb 2019
    $30–$40
    Tickets available
Course Maps
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What’s Included

Half Marathon,10k and 5k

Participants

  • USATF Certified Course
  • Best Damn T-Shirt (Women’s & Men’s Cut)
  • Best Damn Finisher Medal (Half,10k and 5k)
  • Best Damn Goodie Bag
  • Best Damn Post Race Party & Health & Fitness Expo
  • Free Food & Drinks at the post race party!
  • Free Race Photos!* ($59.99 Value)

Challenge PArticipants

Run the 5K and 10K as a challenge

  • Best Damn T-Shirt (Women’s & Men’s Cut)
  • Best Damn Finisher Medals x 3! (5K, 10K, and Challenge)
  • Best Damn Goodie Bag
  • Free Food & Drinks at the post race party!
  • Free Race Photos!* ($59.99 Value)
Course Details

Half Marathon Course

The Half Marathon will start in front of the beautiful Safety Harbor Resort & Spa and head north along the water on Bayshore Bouelvard. You will then run over to Philippe Parkway and head north until you enter Philippe Park. Enjoy a small incline and decline in and out of the shady and tree lined park as you head south back though Safety Harbor.  You will then have a quick run through Clearwater with a view of Old Tampa Bay all the way back to the finish at the Safety Harbor Marina. This course has a few small inclines and declines but is still fast and a great opportunity for a PR! This course is USATF Certified # FL14005EBM.

10K Course

The 10K will start in front of the beautiful Safety Harbor Resort & Spa and head north along the water on Bayshore Bouelvard. You will run over to Philippe Parkway for quick out and back before heading south on Bayshore Boulevard into Clearwater FL. With a few small inclines and declines this course will be fast and have great views of Old Tampa Bay. This course is USATF Certified # FL13098EBM.

5K Course

The 5K will start in front of the beautiful Safety Harbor Resort & Spa and head north along the water on Bayshore Bouelvard. You will run over to Philippe Parkway for quick out and back to finish at the Safety Harbor Marina. This course is USATF Certified # FL14004EBM.

Raceday Logistics
  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon and at least 8 years old to participant in the 5K or 10K.
  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, or Challenge
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • Race numbers are required to participate.
  • The Challenge participants will line up at both the 10K start and the 5K start. They will run each event separately, and receive a medal for each. Then they will receive a medal after completing both at the registration tent.
  • Course Time Limits: Half Marathon = 3 hrs 30 minutes  / 10K = 2 Hrs / 5K = 1hr.
Travel

Parking

There are 4 designated parking lots and street parking below. Parking is FREE. We are providing free shuttle service from Lot #4 (Countryside Christian Center).

  • Please allow extra time for parking on race morning. Be courteous to neighbors and fellow runners. Do not block anyone or your vehicle will be towed.
  • Arrive Early for your race – We recommend parking 45-60 minutes before your scheduled race.
  • Take Main St. from McMullen Booth Rd to enter Safety Harbor. This entrance will get you to all lots without road closures.
  • Carpool – Regardless if you are taking the shuttle from Lot #4 or going to try to get close street parking near the start line, please try to drive together.

Road Closures

  • Bayshore at Drew Street (going north) from 6:15am – 10:45am
  • Philippe Parkway at Enterprise (going south) from 6:15am – 9:45am
FAQs
  • No coaches, hand cycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, or dogs will be allowed on the course. (Baby Joggers will be allowed in the back of the starting coral.)
  • Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check. Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before 12:00 pm on race day.
  • The expo & race will go on even with some rain. However, if there is lightning, we will make a game day decision for the safety best of our runner’s & expo guest’s safety as our top concern.
  • Once you complete your 10K and 5K, please visit the registration tent on race day to receive your Challenge medal.
  • Before you run, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check. Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before 12:00 pm on race day.
  • Please wear your bib on the front and center of your shirt or outermost layer. This will make it visible for course photographers so that you can take advantage of the free race photos. It will also help the timing maps properly read your timing chip.
  • If you have found something, or lost something, please visit our awards stage or registration tent.
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Reviews (15)

4.9 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Plenty of bathrooms and course was marked good.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    It was fantastic. 1st BDR race and enjoyed it. Will do another for sure. Thank you
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    This is my 3rd year running the half marathon and every year I get better. I finished 13 minutes faster then last year. I love that the course has some suttle hills thrown in and the course isn't crammed.
  • Did the 10K in 2018

    The race was very well organized. The course was nice and very scenic. Post party was exceptional as always.
  • Did the 10k + 5k Challenge in 2018

    Great course, plenty of support, well marked, and just an overall fantastic race!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Good scenery and race except for the post race food...pizza/donuts/rolls/brownies are not quite appetizing . How about some nuts/fruits/protein drinks or bars or some chicken/fish and some veggies;maybe some good carbs .
  • Did the 10K in 2018

    The course was tough because of the hills and wind on the last 3 miles. Overall I would say it is a good course, but could be improved if the course went further north at the beginning, through the park (following the half marathon route) rather than the out and back along the water, which was very windy at the end of the race, and is likely to be that way every year since it is right by the water.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Loved the course. Race was very well organized. And there is tons of booze at the end! However, crowd support was pretty lame. Overall I would dont again!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Love this race! Safety Harbor is a beautiful town and love running along the water. Great after party!
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