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18th Annual Clearwater Distance Classic

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Clearwater, Florida 301 Drew St ClearwaterFL  33755
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Clearwater, Florida 301 Drew St ClearwaterFL  33755

About This Activity

With four competitive races from 5 - 31 miles and a non-competitive 5K walkathon, we have something for everyone during a winter weekend on Florida's beautiful gulf coast, and so we invite athletes of all abilities to join us at the Clearwater Distance Classic.

With four options for virtual athletes, also from 5 - 31 miles, we encourage athletes anywhere in the world to participate at their own pace on their own course to earn their finisher medal.

In 2013 we were thrilled to relaunch our Clearwater Marathon, after a seven-year hiatus due to road construction on Gulf Boulevard. This will be the only marathon staged on Florida's west central coast this season and will use the same course as previous years. It is accurately measured, USATF certified #FL13013EBM, and therefore a Boston Qualifier.

We added the 50K Ultra in 2015 to provide our athletes a new challenge. The 50K Ultra uses our 26.2 marathon course, with a 2.4 mile out-and-back extension starting at mile 16.5. Entirely asphalt-paved, except for the bridges, the varied course ascends Clearwater Bridge with spectacular views of the Gulf, followed by palm-tree lined Clearwater Causeway, and barrier-island flat Sand Key. Gulf Boulevard leads our runners through beach neighborhoods towards peaceful Pinellas Trail, which takes you back to the finish line at Coachman Park.

Our Clearwater Halfathon and our Clearwater 5-Miler challenge athletes with multiple bridge ascents, but also reward them with spectacular views from each bridge's summit. Both courses are entirely within 1/4 mile of Clearwater Harbor and/or the Gulf of Mexico.

We are also staging our Clearwater 5K Walkathon, created for those folks who want to celebrate their healthy, active lifestyles while also encouraging those who made better health one of their New Year Resolutions. Our goal is to provide a circled date on everyone's new calendar to come together in the spirit of good health.

Event details and schedule

Entry Fees

Clearwater Ultra 50K 
$70 online only first 100 entrants or April 15, whichever comes first

$75 online only until May 1
$85 postmarked/online until September 27
$100 postmarked/online until December 18
$115 postmarked/online until January 15
$115 online registration ends January 18
$130 race weekend, on-site registration, January 21-22

Clearwater Marathon 
$70 online only for first 100 entrants or April 15, whichever comes first
$75 online only until May 1
$85 postmarked/online until September 27
$100 postmarked/online until December 18
$115 postmarked/online until January 15
$115 online registration ends January 18
$130 race weekend, on-site registration, January 21-22


Clearwater Halfathon 
$60 online only for first 100 entrants or until April 15, whichever comes first

$65 online only until May 1
$70 postmarked/online until September 27
$80 postmarked/online until December 18
$90 postmarked/online until January 15
$90 online registration ends January 18
$100 race weekend, on-site registration, January 21-22

Clearwater 5-Miler
$35 online only first 100 entrants or April 15, whichever comes first

$40 postmark / online by December 18

$45 postmark / online by January 15
$45 online registration ends January 18
$50 race weekend, on-site registration, January 21-22

Clearwater 5K Walkathon
$30 postmark/online until January 15
$30 online registration ends January 18
$35 walk weekend, on-site registration, January 21-22

VIRTUAL 50K, MARATHON, HALF & 5-MILER
For virtual athletes who would like to run or walk anywhere in the world on their own schedule and still earn one of our finisher's medals. Athletes who register for the entire series virtually will receive the series completion medal automatically.

Clearwater Ultra 50K Virtual Run
$45 postmarked/online before January 18 - USA Address
$50 postmarked/online before January 18 - International Address

Clearwater Marathon Virtual Run
$40 postmarked/online before January 18 - USA Address
$45 postmarked/online before January 18 - International Address

Clearwater Halfathon Virtual Run
$30 postmarked/online before January 18 - USA Address
$35 postmarked/online before January 18 - International Address

Clearwater 5-Miler Virtual Run
$25 postmarked/online before January 18 - USA Address
$30 postmarked/online before January 18 - International Address

Your Registration Includes:
  • Early start for our marathon and halfathon fitness walkers
  • Custom running starfish medal for all 50K, marathon, halfathon, and 5-Miler finishers 
  • Deep discounts on registration fees for early entrants
  • A fair refund policy for early entrants
  • Accurately measured, USATF certified courses
  • Extremely safe courses with substantial traffic control including cones and police
  • Accurate mile markers; computerized timing/scoring
  • Aid stations stocked with Gatorade, water, and friendly volunteers
  • Fresh Florida oranges available
  • Awards for the top three in standard age groups
  • 5 Miler Overall, Masters (40+) and Grandmasters (50+) plaques for the top three males and females
  • Halfathon Overall, Masters (40+), and Grandmasters (50+) plaques for the top three males and females
  • Marathon Overall, Masters (40+), and Grandmasters (50+) plaques for the top three males and females
  • Opportunity to pick up bib numbers on race day
  • Ladies' and Men's Zorrel tech shirts
  • Finish-line celebration in beautiful Coachman Park:
    - An assortment of fruits, bagels, and pastries
    - Freshly prepared homemade pasta
    - Ice-cold Michelob Ultra
    - Live entertainment 
  • Free, downloadable race photos
Refund Policy

To receive a refund, deferral, or credit, you must register before October 22, 2016 for the Clearwater Distance Classic events and notify the race director by email (not Facebook) by January 1, 2017. All refunds will be issued after the Florida Beach Halfathon, on or about April 1, 2017. 

THERE ARE NO TRANSFERS OF BIBS TO OTHER ATHLETES. You may not give or sell your number to another individual. The other individual will not be covered by USATF race insurance if there should be an injury. The other individual's results may compromise scoring as they may be in a different age bracket than yourself. They will be disqualified. You and the other individual will be prohibited from running in our races for 3 years.

USATF Sanctioned

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.

Boston Qualifier
The marathon course is accurately measured, USATF certified #FL13013EBM, and therefore a Boston Qualifier.

For more race information, please visit our website at: www.FloridaRoadRaces.com.

Our simple goal is to exceed your expectations. Run on our roads, relax on our award-winning beaches!

Chris Lauber, Race Director
info@ClearwaterDistanceClassic.com

 

 

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