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.
COURSE TIME LIMITS
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.