By using this website you agree to our cookie policy

Run the Fort De Soto 15k, 10k & 5k

Event details
Questions
IconSuggest an edit

See any improvements? Be the first to make this page better.

Join us for our 5th Annual Ft. De Soto 15K, 10K and 5K Race, at beautiful Fort De Soto Park, just south of St. Petersburg. Made up of recreational trails and access roads in this historic state park, the 15K, 10K and 5K courses at Ft. De Soto are fast and flat – perfect for setting a PR! Fort De Soto Park has been named “America’s Top Beach” several times over the years citing a “spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm, clear water and a laid-back atmosphere.”

How to enter the Run the Fort De Soto 15k, 10k & 5k

  1. Icon

    15k

    Run 15km
    $40–$80
    Event passed
  2. Icon

    10k

    Run 10km
    $30–$65
    Event passed
  3. Icon

    5k

    Run 5km
    $25–$55
    Event passed

Run the Fort De Soto 15k, 10k & 5k routes

Icon
THE COURSE
Both the 15K and 5K courses start at North Beach and are pure out-and-back 9.3 mile and 3.1 mile tours of Ft. De Soto Park run on paved trails and access roads. You will NOT be running on the sand.

These are extremely flat and fast courses with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured and will be certified by the USATF.

COURSE 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
Icon
Raceday Logistics
Race day
5:30 – 7:00 a.m. Packet pickup/registration at North Beach, Ft. De Soto Park

7:00 a.m. Wheelchairs start

7:05 a.m. 2nd Annual Fort De Soto 15K Start

7:20 a.m. 2nd Annual Fort De Soto 5K Race Start

8:30 a.m. Fort De Soto 5K Race overall and age group awards

9:15 a.m. Fort De Soto 15K overall awards

9:30 a.m. Fort De Soto 15K age group awards
Icon
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 serve 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 on a very festive holiday.

https://www.active.com/st-petersburg-fl/running/distance-running/5th-annual-ft-de-soto-distance-classic-2019 = Sign up link
Icon
FAQs

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.

There will be 3 packet pickups the week prior to the race at the Fit2Run stores in Tampa & St. Petersburg. You can register for the race at packet pickup. There is Race Day registration and packet pickup at Fort De Soto, though we encourage you to pick up prior to Race Day to avoid long lines.

Wed., Sept. 25 – Fit2Run/Tampa – 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 26 – Fit2Run/St. Pete – 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 28 – Fit2Run/St. Pete – 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 29 (race morning) Ft. De Soto North Shore Park – 5:30-6:45 a.m.

If you are picking up for a group, it helps us 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!

Are there T-Shirts?
Though we try our best, we can not guarantee T-shirt sizes on race weekend.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. This is not an exact science, nor do we have a crystal ball to predict what size T-shirts the new registrants will require. By picking up your packet earlier in the week, you increase your chance of getting the size you requested. So come early!

Are there Course Time Limits?
We require that runners and walkers be properly prepared and trained to finish the 15K within 3 hours (18 minute/mile pace). Please note that 3 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.

Are you allowed strollers?
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?
Walkers are welcome to join these races. We require that walkers be properly prepared and trained to finish the 15K within 3 hours (18 minute/mile pace). Please note that 3 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 our unique “running starfish” gold medal.

Fitness Walkers are also eligible to be recognized as Triple Crown finishers.

Run the Fort De Soto 15k, 10k & 5k weather forecast

Humid throughout the day.

88°F
Predicted highs
76°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 10mph

Meet the organizerIcon

Are you the organizer? Claim this page

Our mission is to challenge athletes to achieve goals they once thought impossible, such as completing their first 5K, setting a personal record, or finishing a half marathon or marathon. Florida Road Races offers 5 runner and walker-friendly races throughout beautiful Tampa Bay. From 5K, 10K and 15K races to Half Marathons (Halfathon) and a Marathon, there is a distance for everyone. Join us during yet another year of organizing some of the best races in Florida!

Loading

loading

Run the Fort De Soto 15k, 10k & 5k reviews

There are no reviews for this event yet. Raced here before? Be the first to review this event.

How was Run the Fort De Soto 15k, 10k & 5k?

IconSomething missing?

We're rebuilding our event pages and would love your input. Please suggest anything you would like to see on this page.

Get race results and photos

This event has passed. Congratulations to all the participants. Get race results and photos.


© Let's Do This 2020