St. Petersburg Distance Classic

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St. Petersburg Distance Classic
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Join us for our Annual St. Petersburg Distance Classic, on Florida’s west coast overlooking Tampa Bay. With a certified Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K.
Marathon, Halfathon, 10k, and 1 more
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Sun, Feb 9, 2020
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St. Petersburg, United States
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Where and when
N Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Start times
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020
Marathon: 6:30 AMHalfathon: 6:30 AM10k: 6:30 AM5k: 7:00 AM
Event summary
Here are the distances available for St. Petersburg Distance Classic
$110 - $140
$55 - $120
$35 - $70
$25 - $55
Route information
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.
Enjoy central Florida’s only downtown waterfront marathon on the Gulf coast that offers the perfect combination of a scenic course, ideal weather, and award-winning beaches for your recovery.
You will love our visually varied, mostly flat, scenic course. The marathon course is USATF certified (FL19019TY). The St. Petersburg Marathon will be the first ever 26.2 mile race staged entirely in St. Petersburg. After a tour of west coast Florida’s most wonderful waterfront and eclectic downtown area, the marathon course heads west on the Pinellas Trail, a Hall-of-Fame, Rails-to-Trails linear park that stretches from St. Pete’s waterfront through Pinellas County to Tarpon Springs.
Afterwards, you’ll be able to relax and recover on our award-winning beaches just a few miles away, featuring our area’s famous white sand and the mild waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The St. Petersburg Halfathon features an aesthetically varied course, as it tours through exclusive waterfront neighborhoods, our downtown waterfront, and Central Avenue, home to an eclectic combination of local shops, galleries, and museums.
This is a very flat half marathon, and should be a fast race for all.
This is a beautiful course showcasing St. Petersburg’s residential waterfront areas in Snell Isle and around Coffee Pot Bayou.
With a start time 40 minutes before sunrise, most runners will complete the course before the sun rises high enough to present any challenges. Also, with just one incline – a small bridge onto Snell Isle, this should be a lightning fast course for those seeking a PR.
This is a beautiful, mostly out-and-back course showcasing St. Petersburg’s residential waterfront areas in and near Snell Isle.
With a start time before sunrise, most runners will complete the course before the sun rises high enough to present any challenges. Also, with just two inclines – a small bridge onto Snell Isle and back, this should be a lightning fast course for those seeking a PR.
As ALL courses use the same roads and Pinellas Trail as the Marathon, there is NO time limit for the 5K, 10K, and Halfathon, in the usual sense.
However, while walkers are welcome in all our races, everyone in the 10K, Halfathon and Marathon expecting to exceed a 14 minute pace are required to start early at 6:00 am, and stay on the sidewalk until runners starting at 6:30 am pass by.
The finish line for all races will be open for 6 hours from the 6:30 a.m. start, meaning 12:30 pm. The course on public roads will open to traffic based upon that pace. For instance, marathoners should be at the midpoint by 9:30 a.m., regardless of start time. Athletes slower than that will need to move to the sidewalks and adhere to all pedestrian laws.
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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
N Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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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.
Event day logistics
Race Day Schedule
5:00 to 6:45 a.m. Packet pickup/registration at North Shore Park
6:00 a.m. Mandatory early start for athletes expecting to exceed a 14-minute per mile page in the Marathon, Halfathon or 10K
6:30 a.m. Start of St. Petersburg Marathon, Halfathon, 10K
7:00 a.m. Start of St. Petersburg 5K Run/Walk
7:45 a.m. 10K overall and age-group awards
8:15 a.m. 5K overall and age group awards
9:00 a.m. Halfathon overall and age group awards
10:30 a.m Marathon overall and age group awards
12:30 p.m Finish Line closes
Course Highlights
The Marathon, Halfathon, and 10K all start at North Shore park at 6:30 am, 41 minutes prior to sunrise.
The 5K Race / Walk starts at 7:00 am, 12 minutes before sunrise.
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