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Ft. De Soto Park3500 Bayway S. St. Petersburg, FL 33715
Join us for a howling good time at the 11th Annual Halloween Distance Classic, faeturing a halfathon, 10K, and 5K, and scheduled for Sunday, October 27, 2019, at our nation's favorite beach: Fort De Soto Park, just south of St. Petersburg. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory!
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 and 10K courses start with a loop for the first 5K before a out-and-back tours of Ft. De Soto Park to coplete the appropriate distances. 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. You will NOT be running on the sand. These are extremely flat and fast courses with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured and certified by the USATF.
All finishers in each race earn unique, Halloween Starfish medals. In all three races, 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.
Eight aid stations for the halfathon, three for the 10K, and one for the 5K, await you with enthusiastic volunteers, water and Gatorade, and fresh Florida oranges starting at the midpoint of the half marathon.
Our area's weather at the end of October: 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 before the day starts to heat up. 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, and we offer costume awards in multiple categories. 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 finish time. 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 in their respective races.
Event details and schedule
YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES:
- Affordable entry fees and fair refund policy for early entrants
- Personalized bibs for early entrants
- Gender-specific tech tanks
- Disposable bib chip timing
- Scenic USATF certified courses
- Aid stations stocked with Gatorade, water, oranges
- Stunning Running Starfish medal for all race finishers
- Great post-race party featuring hot pasta, cold beer, soft drinks, fresh fruit, pastries, live music
- Overall, Master, Grand Master and Age Group awards
- Toll booth pre-paid for our athletes convenience
- FREE parking for athletes
- Virtual option for all races
HALFATHON ENTRY FEES
$55 Youth 18 and Under
$65 online only for the first 100 athletes to register, or April 15, whichever comes first
$70 before 11:59 pm, May 15, 2018
$75 before 11:59 pm, May 31
$80 before 11:59 pm, June 30
$85 before 11:59 pm, July 28
$90 before 11:59 pm, September 30
$95 before 11:59 pm, October 24
$115 race weekend registration, October 26-27
10K ENTRY FEES
$35 Youth 18 and Under
$40 online only for the first 100 athletes to register, or April 15, whichever comes first
$45 before 11:59 pm, May 31
$50 before 11:59 pm, June 30
$55 before 11:59 pm, September 30
$60 before 11:59 pm, October 24
$65 race weekend registration, October 26-27
5K ENTRY FEES
$25 Youth 18 and Under
$35 online only for the first 100 athletes to register, or April 15, whichever comes first
$40 before 11:59 pm, May 31
$45 before 11:59 pm, September 30
$50 before 11:59 pm, October 24
$55 race weekend registration, October 26-27
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.
$30.00 before 11:59 pm, October 26 - USA Address
$40.00 before 11:59 pm, October 26 - International Address
Early entrants who register by July 27 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 27, AND notify the race director of your withdrawal at least THREE weeks prior to the race. ALL refund checks from ALL races will be issued at the same time - after our Shamrock Halfathon on or about April 1, 2020.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS, CREDITS OR DEFERRALS DUE TO EVENT CANCELLATION BECAUSE OF WEATHER OR OTHER ACTS OF GOD.
There are NO transfer 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.
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.
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 & Rya Lauber