Join us for our 2nd Annual Ft. De Soto 15K & 5K Race, scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 7:05 a.m., at our nation's favorite beach: Fort De Soto Park, just south of St. Petersburg.
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.
Both courses start at North Beach and are pure out-and-back 9.3 mile and 3.1 mile tours of Ft. De Soto Park.
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 will be certified by the USATF.
All finishers in both the 15K and the 5K Race earn unique, Starfish gold medals. In both the 15K 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.
Six aid stations for the 15K and one for the 5K, await you with enthusiastic volunteers, water and Gatorade, and fresh Florida oranges starting at the midpoint of the 15K.
Our area's weather in early October: average low is 62, average high is 82. Of course, the mild temperatures will be welcome while relaxing on our nation's #1 Beach after the race.
Walkers are welcome to join these races. Course support is based on a 17 minute 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 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
• Ladies' and Men's Zorrel tech shirts
• Disposable bib chip timing
• Scenic USATF certified courses
• Aid stations stocked with Gatorade, water, oranges
• Starfish medal for all race finishers
• Great post-race pasta party, beer, live music
• Overall, Master, Grand Master and Age Group awards
• FREE downloadable race photos
• FREE parking
• Virtual option for all races
15K ENTRY FEES
$30 Youth 18 and Under
$45 online only for first 100 entrants or until 11:59 pm April 15, whichever comes first
$50 postmarked/online before June 2, 2016
$60 postmarked/online before August 28, 2016
$70 postmarked/online before September 25, 2016
$70 online ONLY before 11:59 pm September 29, 2016
$75 on-site registration, October 1-2, 2016
5K RACE ENTRY FEES
$20 Youth 18 and Under
$30 online only for first 100 entrants or until April 15, whichever comes first
$35 postmarked/online before May 1, 2016
$40 postmarked/online before August 28, 2016
$45 postmarked/online before September 25, 2016
$45 online ONLY before 11:59 pm September 29, 2016
$50 on-site registration, October 1-2, 2016
VIRTUAL 15K AND 5K
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.
15K VIRTUAL RUN
$30 postmarked/online before September 29, 2016 - USA Address
$35 postmarked/online before September 29, 2016 - International Address
5K VIRTUAL RUN
$25 postmarked/online before September 29, 2016 - USA Address
$30 postmarked/online before September 29, 2016 - International Address
Early entrants who register by July 2 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 2, AND notify the race director of your withdrawal at least THREE weeks prior to the race. ALL refunds from ALL races will be issued at the same time - after our Florida Beach Halfathon on or about April 1, 2017.
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 Lauber, Race Director
Florida Road Races