Florida Shamrock Distance Classic

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Florida Shamrock Distance Classic
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Put on your green and celebrate the arrival of spring at our Florida Shamrock Halfathon, 10K 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.
Halfathon, 10k and 5k
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Sun 15th Mar 2020
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St. Petersburg, United States
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Where and when
Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA
Start times
Sun 15th Mar 2020
7:05am |
7:22am |
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Florida Shamrock Distance Classic
$55 - $110
$35 - $65
$25 - $55
Route information
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,
We require that runners and walkers be properly prepared and trained to finish the Halfathon within 4 hours (18 minute/mile pace). Please note that 4 hours after the start, course support ((i.e. aid/water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is not guaranteed. The 5k runners and walkers should be finished within the 4 hour time limit for the halfathon.
  • Both races are staged entirely in Fort De Soto Park, recognized as one of the best beaches in the nation.
  • The course features a loop for the first 3.1 miles of the race, bringing athletes back through the start line.
  • The rest of the course is an extremely flat, out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park, mostly on paved recreational trails.
  • With a start time about 30 minutes before sunrise to avoid warm weather, the first portion of the race will take place in the dawn.
  • Sunrise should be directly ahead of our athletes before the turn-around at East Beach.
USATF Certification
Both courses have been precisely measured and documentation provided according to USATF requirements, certifying our courses as accurately measured.
All official results will be based on “Gun Time” as per USATF rules. Chip times will be posted for our athletes’ review, but NOT used for scoring.
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What's included
• Beautiful Starfish Finisher’s Medal
• Ladies’, Men’s or Youth Tech Shirts or Tanks
• Personalized Bib for Early Entrant
• Disposable Bib Chip Timing
• Multiple Aid Stations with Water, Gatorade, Oranges
• Scenic USATF Certified Courses
• Pacers for Half Marathons
• Overall, Master, Grand Master & Age Group Awards
• Great Post-Race Party: Pasta, Pastries & Fruit, Beer, Live Music
• FREE Parking at Fort De Soto
• FREE shuttle at Holiday Halfathon from finish line to start line
• Virtual Option for All Races
How to get there
Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA
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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 Park.
From the beaches, head south to St. Pete Beach, turning left at the Don CeSar Beach Resort onto the Bayway, turning south to Fort De Soto Park.
Once you reach Fort De Soto Park, turn right and follow the bend in the road to North Beach all the way at the road’s end.
Parking is free. There is ample parking at North Beach in Ft. De Soto Park.
Event day logistics
5:30 – 7:00 a.m. Packet pickup/registration at North Beach, Ft. De Soto Park
7:00 a.m. Wheelchair start Halfathon
7:05 a.m. Runners/walkers start Halfathon
7:22 a.m. Runners/walkers start 5K
The Following Award Times are Approximate:
8:45 a.m. Florida Shamrock 5K Race overall and age group awards
9:45 a.m. Florida Shamrock Halfathon overall awards and age group awards
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