Fort De Soto Park has been named America s Top Beach by TripAdvisory several times over the years. Citing a spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm, clear water and a laid-back atmosphere, the popular online travel network put the park s North Beach at the top of its annual best-of list, based on TripAdvisor's Popularity Index.
This pristine Pinellas County beach has also received top honors on an annual best-of list. In 2005, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, named Fort De Soto the nation s #1 Beach.
The halfathon course starts with a loop for the first 5K before an out-and-back 10 mile tour of Ft. De Soto Park. The aforementioned 5K loop comprises the 5K race.
Both courses are located entirely in Ft. De Soto Park and run on paved trails and access roads. These are extremely flat and fast courses with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured and certified by the USATF.
All Halfathon finishers earn unique, Halloween Starfish gold medals. In both the Halfathon and the 5k Race, awards are up for grabs for M/F Open, Masters (40+) and Grand Masters (50+), three deep; age group awards offered three deep in 5 year increments.
7 Aid stations for the halfathon and 1 for the 5K, with enthusiastic volunteers, water and Gatorade, and fresh Florida oranges starting at the midpoint of the half marathon.
Our area's weather on Halloween: average low is 62, average high is 82, perhaps a tad warmer than preferred for running, but we will be starting the race 40 minutes before sunrise. Of course, the mild temperatures will be welcome while relaxing on our nation's #1 Beach after the race
Halloween Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. While we don't anticipate any athletes in gorilla costumes completing 13.1 miles, we do hope athletes will create costumes that will not adversely affect their running. That's our challenge to you. Or simply wear mismatched uniforms. Or orange and black. Celebrate this unique holiday tradition!
Walkers are welcome to join these races. Course support is based on a 3:30 pace. 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.
Deep discounts on registration fees for early entrants - see below
A fair refund policy for early entrants see below
Accurately measured, USATF certified course
Extremely safe courses with excellent traffic control, including cones and police
Accurate mile markers; Computerized timing / scoring
Seven aid stations stocked with Gatorade, water, oranges and friendly volunteers
Halloween Starfish gold medals for all Halfathon finishers
Awards for the top three in standard age groups
Overall, Masters (40+), and Grandmasters (50+) plaques for the top three males and females
A complete web-site (coming soon) for easily accessible information:
- On-line registration
- On-line confirmation frequently updated
Regular e-mails, providing updated information
Opportunity to pick up bib numbers on race day
Colorful t-shirt highlighting the Halloween theme
Finish-line celebration our nation's #1 Beach:
- An assortment of fruits, bagels, and pastries
- Freshly prepared homemade pasta
- Live entertainment
HALFATHON ENTRY FEES
$45 online ONLY for the first 50 entrants - SOLD OUT!
$55 postmarked / online before July 1, 2012
$65 postmarked/online before September 9, 2012
$75 postmarked/online before October 21, 2012
$75 online only before October 24, 2012
$85 on-site registration, October 27-28, 2012
5K RACE ENTRY FEES
$30 postmarked/online before September 9, 2012
$35 postmarked/online before October 21, 2012
$35 online only before October 24, 2012
$40 on-site registration, October 27-28, 2012
HALFATHON VIRTUAL RUN
$30 postmarked/online before October 26, 2012
Early entrants who register by July 31 are eligible for complete refunds of entry fees or deferral to another upcoming race - athlete's choice.
There are no refunds, transfers or credits, unless you register by July 31, AND notify the race director of your withdrawal at least two weeks prior to the race. There are NO transfers to other athletes. ALL refunds from ALL races will be issued at the same time - after our Florida Beach Halfathon on or about April 1, 2013.
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.
HEADPHONES AND IPODS
Headphones of any type are now allowed at USATF sanctioned events, but are discouraged due to safety concerns, not only during the actual race, but as importantly, while athletes are training in an uncontrolled environment. Individual races may impose their own regulations, but we don t, as it would be nearly impossible to enforce.
HALFATHON VIRTUAL RUN INFORMATION
After receiving numerous requests by athletes from across the country who are unable to join us on race day, we are now offering the opportunity to participate as VIRTUAL ATHLETES. Net proceeds will be donated to the Partners For Life Foundation, created by Lorraine Yaslowitz to memorialize her husband Jeff, a K9 police officer lost in the line of duty on January 24, 2011. The foundation's mission is to lend support to families who lose loved ones to senseless acts of violence.
Here is how it works:
1) Athletes register for the Halfathon VIRTUAL RUN for $30.
2) Athletes who register by Monday, October 22 will have an official bib number sent prior to the virtual run weekend.
3) Athletes must complete a half marathon during the four-day period from October 25 - 28.
4) For the purposes of this virtual run, you may complete your half marathon with a 13.1 mile run or you can split it up over the four days.
5) After completing your run, please forward your finishing time in an email to FLRoadRaces@aol.com using "VIRTUAL RUN RESULTS" in the subject line. Your results will NOT be recorded as official results, nor will you be eligible for age group awards or rankings..
6) Once your post-run email is receiv...