Race Info


Directions

Fort De Soto Park is located at the southern end of Pinellas County and easily accessible from any direction.

From Interstate 275, watch for signs for the Bayway, which connects St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. Head west towards the beaches, turning south to Fort De Soto Park.

From the beaches, head south to St. Pete Beach, turning left at the Don CeSar Beach Resort onto the Bayway, turning south to Fort De Soto Park.

Once you reach Fort De Soto Park, turn right and follow the bend in the road to North Beach all the way at the road’s end.

Parking

We have paid for your parking. There is ample parking at North Beach in Ft. De Soto Park.

Course Limits

We require that runners and walkers be properly prepared and trained to finish the Halfathon within 4 hours (18 minute/mile pace). Please note that 4 hours after the start, course support ((i.e. aid/water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is not guaranteed. The 5k runners and walkers should be finished within the 4 hour time limit for the halfathon

Course Highlights

Both races are staged entirely in Fort De Soto Park, recognized as one of the best beaches in the nation. The course features a loop for the first 3.1 miles of the race, bringing athletes back through the start line. The rest of the course is an extremely flat, out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park, mostly on paved recreational trails. With a start time about 40 minutes before sunrise to avoid warm weather, the first portion of the race will take place in the dawn. Sunrise should be directly ahead of our athletes before the turn-around at East Beach.

Check out our course map for the precise route.

USATF Sanctioned

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.

USATF Certification

Both courses have been precisely measured and documentation provided according to USATF requirements, certifying our courses as accurately measured.

Timing

All official results will be based on “Gun Time” as per USATF rules. Chip times will be posted for our athletes’ review, but NOT used for scoring.

Weather Info

Average Low: 62 °
Average High: 82 °
Average Monthly Rainfall:
– October 3.36″
– November 2.37″
Sunrise: 7:42 a.m.

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: Post-Race Halloween Celebration

Treats including food, beverage and live entertainment provided by local supporters.

“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
 

Our 2017-18 Season

Florida Halfathon Challenge
(4 Halfathons)
Ft. De Soto Triple Crown
(3 races at Ft. De Soto)
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Ft. De Soto Park
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Ft. De Soto Park
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)
January 21, 2018
Clearwater
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Ft. De Soto Park