Join us for our 7th Annual Ft. De Soto Distance Classic, featuring 15K, 10K and 5K races and scheduled for Sunday, September 26, 2021 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.
ALL races start at North Beach and are pure out-and-back 15K, 10K, and 5K tours of Ft. De Soto Park.
All 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 earn unique, Starfish medals. Awards are up for grabs in all three races 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, two 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 15K.
Our area's weather in late September: 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
• 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
• Pre-paid state tolls
• FREE parking
• Virtual option for all races
15K ENTRY FEES
$40 Youth 18 and Under
$45 online only for first 50 entrants or until 11:59 pm May 17, whichever comes first
$50 before 11:59 pm, May 23
$55 before 11:59 pm, May 31
$60 before 11:59 pm, June 27
$65 before 11:59 pm, August 1
$70 before 11:59 pm, August 26
$75 before 11:59 pm, September 23
$80 race-weekend registration, September 25 - 26
10K ENTRY FEES
$30 Youth 18 and Under
$40 online only for first 50 entrants or until 11:59 pm May 17, whichever comes first
$45 before 11:59 pm, May 31
$50 before 11:59 pm, August 1
$55 before 11:59 pm, August 26
$60 before 11:59 pm, September 23
$65 race-weekend registration, September 25 - 26
5K ENTRY FEES $40 Youth 18 and Under
$35 online only for first 50 entrants or 11:59 pm May 17, whichever comes first
$40 before 11:59 pm, May 31
$45 before 11:59 pm, August 26
$50 before 11:59 pm, September 23
$55 race-weekend registration, September 25 - 26
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, September 23 - USA Address
$40.00 before 11:59 pm, September 23 - International Address
Early entrants who register by June 26 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 June 26, 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, 2022.
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 on all our races, 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!
We hope you will join us!
Chris & Rya Lauber, Race Directors
Florida Road Races