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Florida Shamrock Distance Classic

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Tickets $25–$85

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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 Floridas beautiful west coast at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Fort De Sotos beaches are regularly recognized as one of the nations best.

Both our courses are located entirely in Fort De Soto Park, starting and finishing at the parks North Beach. These races will be run on paved access roads and recreational trails; no running on the beach.

How to enter the Florida Shamrock Distance Classic

  1. Halfathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $55–$85
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  2. 10k

    Run 10km
    $35–$55
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  3. 5k

    Run 5km
    $25–$45
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THE COURSES
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,

COURSE LIMITS
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.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

CHIP TIMING
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.

Event Details

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
Raceday Logistics

RACE-DAY SCHEDULE

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

Volunteers
Please help us help our athletes achieve their goals:
  • with registration and packet pick-up
  • at an aid station dispensing fluids
  • at the finish line handing out medals and bottled water
  • at the food and beer tent (must be over 18 to pour beer)
ALL our participants, athletes and volunteers alike, will be rewarded with a great experience:
  • located at our nation’s favorite beach
  • typically ideal weather
  • post-race celebration, including hot pasta, cold beer, and live music
  • Zorrel hi-tech shirts
If your friends or family members are coming with you, they can “participate” in your race by serving as a volunteer.

Or perhaps you’re an athlete who is not entered to participate for whatever reason – here’s an excellent opportunity to help your fellow athletes and socialize with them afterwards in a beautiful park setting.
FAQs

Early Packet Pickup & Registration
There will be 3 packet pickups the week before the race at Fit2Run stores in Tampa & St. Petersburg. As added incentive, Fit2Run is offering a 10% discount on retail items in the store during your pickup. You can register for the race at packet pickup and on race morning.

Wednesday, March 11 – Fit2Run/Tampa – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 12 – Fit2Run/St. Pete – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 – Fit2Run/St. Pete – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

There will also be packet pickup and registration on race morning at Fort De Soto at 5:30 – 6:45 a.m. However, we encourage you to pick up during the week to avoid long lines on race morning. You will need your ID. If you are picking up for a friend, please bring their a copy of their ID.

If you are picking up for a group, it helps tremendously if you have all the names written on a sheet of paper. This will expedite the process and keep the line moving. Extra points if they are in alphabetical order!

Does everyone get a T-Shirt?
Though we try our best, we can not guarantee T-shirt sizes on race weekend. By picking up your packet earlier in the week, you increase your chance of getting the size you requested. The shirt size you choose when you register gives us an idea of how many Ts, per size, we should order. We place our order 3 weeks in advance of race day to allow for shipping and printing. We add a percentage to account for the runners who register after the order is placed. We hate to disappoint, but we don’t have a crystal ball to predict what size T-shirts the new registrants will require. Sometimes this skews our inventory. So, come early!

Are strollers allowed?
No Strollers, Bicycles, or Dogs
All our races are sanctioned and insured through USATF for runners, joggers, and walkers ONLY. Strollers, skaters, skateboards and bicycles are NOT allowed on the course during our races

Is it a walker friendly race?

We welcome walkers! We require that 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.

Due to our staging of this race entirely within a park and primarily on nature trails, we will NOT be offering an early walker’s start. All athletes will start at the same time in their respective races.

All walker-finishers will be rewarded with the Shamrock edition of our unique “running starfish” gold medal.

Fitness Walkers are also eligible to be recognized as Florida Halfathon Challenge finishers.

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Florida Shamrock Distance Classic weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

73°F
Predicted highs
62°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

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