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Trick or Treat!
Join us for a howling good time during our 7th Annual Halloween Halfathon & 5K Race at Fort De Soto Park, located near St. Petersburg on Florida's beautiful west coast at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

Tricks: Costumes Encouraged
Create unique costumes in the spirit of this festive holiday, but ones that will not adversely affect your performance. Or simply wear mismatched uniforms. Or orange and black.

Treats:  Best Costume Awards
Best Animal Costume

Funniest Costume

Most Creative Costume

Best Beauty - Princesses, Mermaids, Angels, etc.

Best Celebrity - Actors, Elvis, Singers, Politicians, etc.

Best Hero - Explorers, Firefighters, Military, Police, Superheroes, etc.

Best Villain - Thieves, Robbers, Pirates, etc.

Best Couple - Cowboy & Indian, Cop & Robber, Batman & Robin, etc.

Best Group - 3 or more similiarly costumed


Both our courses are located entirely in Ft. De Soto Park, starting and finishing adjacent to the park's North Beach, regularly recognized as one of the nation's best beaches. These races will be run on paved access roads and recreational trails.

They are extremely flat courses, with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured and certified by the USATF.

Both races start the same, with a 5K loop that returns athletes to the start/finish area. Post-race party begins as the 5K athletes arrive, while the Halfathoners will continue on the 10-mile out-and-back tour of Ft. De Soto Park.

After you cross the finish line there is a fun post-race party including pasta, breakfast pastries, fruit, munchies and beer. There is live music for your entertainment.

Citing a "spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm clear water, and a laid-back atmosphere," TripAdvisory named Ft. De Soto Park America's Top Beach, based on their Popularity Index.

Ft. De Soto Park is regularly recognized on "best beach" lists. In 2005, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," named Ft. De Soto the nation's #1 Beach.

THE perfect place to race, party, and relax.

Come! Join us for tricks, treats and the beach!

"This was one of the most organized races I have ever participated in. From all of the pre-race updates, to the race, to the post race activities, everything was top notch. Thank you for a great experience."
- Ringo Breton, Lakeland

"Thank you for putting on such a great event. I am on vacation from the UK and have run many races there - this one was up with the best I have done. many thanks."
- Tony Chapman, Brackley, Great Britain

"Ft. De Soto Park was a stunning venue for the race. I liked the fact that costumes were encouraged – I think sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. I look forward to the January half-marathon as well as to participating in future Halloween Half-marathons."
- Bob "Santa Claus" Petersen, Columbia, SC

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Our Upcoming Races:

7th Annual Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5K Race
Saturday, October 31, 2015    *   Ft. De Soto Park

14th Annual Florida Holiday Halfathon
Sunday, December 13, 2015    *   Madeira Beach to Largo

17th Annual Clearwater Distance Classic
50K Ultra, Marathon, Halfathon, 5-Miler, 5K Walkathon
Sunday, January 17, 2016    *   Clearwater

7th Annual Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K Race
Sunday, March 20, 2016    *   Ft. De Soto Park

Registration opens in March 2015.

For additional information for any of our events, please visit

All our races are located on Florida's west coast near Tampa Bay. With our award-winning, white sandy beaches, we are known as "Florida's Beach" – the perfect spot to recover after running our races. Visit

Florida Halloween Halfathon Medal

Take the Florida Halfathon Challenge by completing all 4 Halfathons in our 2015-16 race season and earn a beautiful Challenge medal, choose your personalized bib number for all 4 races, and save with some great discounts!*

Halloween Half – Oct. 31
Holiday Half – Dec. 13
Clearwater Half – Jan. 17
Florida Beach Half – Mar. 20

Staged in the tropical Tampa Bay area, all 4 races are held 6-8 weeks apart, allowing you plenty of time for training and recovery. You can measure your progress from our first Halloween race to our final Florida Beach race, both run on the beautiful Ft. De Soto course. Get in the spirit with our Holiday Halfathon starting in Madeira Beach, and ascend those bridges with spectacular views at our Clearwater Halfathon.

Perhaps you'll set some PRs! You'll certainly have fun and take home a well-deserved Challenge medal, in addition to each of the 4 race's starfish finisher's medals.

You'll save some money as well. By signing up for all 4 Halfathons at once you'll get discounted pricing, especially if you sign up early. And you'll get a personalized bib number (your choice) that will be yours for the whole season.

Your best three finishing times, of which one must be the Florida Beach Halfathon, will be combined to determine if you've won an Overall or Age Group Florida Halfathon Series Championship.** A cash purse of $6000 will be awarded to the top male and female winners.

What runner doesn't like a Challenge? Sign up today and save!

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*You must register for all 4 Halfathons at the same time to be guaranteed the same bib number for all 4 races.

**The Clearwater Marathon can count for 2 Halfathons.

The 5K does not qualify for the Challenge; this is only for Halfathons.

Florida Halfathon Challenge