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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.

How to enter the St. Petersburg Distance Classic

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St. Petersburg Distance Classic routes


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.

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
5:00 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.

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, water, and removing transponders

ALL our participants, athletes and volunteers alike, will enjoy a festive good time:

  • a beautiful run along our gulf beaches, finishing at gorgeous Coachman Park on Clearwater’s waterfront
  • typically ideal weather
  • post-race celebration, including hot pasta, cold beer, and live music
  • Zorrel 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.



There will be 2 packet pickups and registration at Fit2Run in St. Petersburg and Tampa the week before the race:

Wed., Feb. 6: Fit2Run/Tampa 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 7: Fit2Run/St. Pete 5:00–7:00 p.m.

There will also be packet pickup and registration at the race site, North Shore Park in St. Petersburg on Sat., Feb. 9, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., and on race morning from 5:00 – 6:15 a.m. We strongly encourage you to pick up prior to Race Day to avoid long lines.

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 for having them in alphabetical order!

Does everyone get a t-shirt?

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. 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!

What is the bag check?

Bag check will be available near the registration and packet pickup tent. This is strictly by the honor system. No wallets, cell phones, or other valuables should be put in the bags as we cannot be responsible for missing items.

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Meet the organizerIcon

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!

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