Frequently Asked Questions
Can I register on race morning?
No, there will be no race day registration, online registration only. Since we are mailing bibs, we ask local athletes to please register by Friday, Oct. 22; our last day of mailing bibs to local runners is Saturday, Oct. 23.
What is the race refund policy?
Early entrants who register by July 31, 2021 (3 months prior to the race) are eligible for refunds of entry fees or deferral to another upcoming race – athlete’s choice. To receive a refund, transfer or credit, you must register by July 31, 2021 for the Florida Halloween Halfathon, 10K & 5K Race and notify the race director by e-mail (not Facebook) at least 3 weeks before the race or by October 10, 2021. This date is when we order your personalized bib and start preparing your packet.
There are no refunds due to cancellations due to an Act of God, such as weather, fire, natural disasters. No deferral or transfer is available if you do not show up for the race. All refunds will be issued after the last race of the series, the Shamrock Distance Classic, on or about April 1, 2022. If, in the meantime, you decide to register for one of our other 3 races, you can use your refund credit and not incur additional Active.com processing fees.
If our race permit is withdrawn due to COVID-19 and this race is cancelled, you may defer your entry to any of our future races (we have 5 races per season), including this year or any following year. There is no expiration date, no transfer fee, nor processing fee.
If you have already signed up for all our races this season, you may transfer to the following year. Should our entry fees increase, you will be locked in at the price you already paid. See our race schedule at: http://floridaroadraces.com.
THERE ARE NO TRANSFERS OF BIBS TO OTHER ATHLETES. Non-registered runners will NOT be covered by USATF insurance and will be disqualified if caught.
Can I transfer my bib to another runner?
Sorry but no. You may not give or sell your bib 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.
Is there online confirmation?
What do I do if I cannot find my registration?
Packet Pickup & Registration
Are there packet pickups before the race?
Is there race day registration?
Sorry, there won’t be any race day registration
Can I pickup my packet on race day?
Limited packet pickup on race morning is for out-of-area athletes and those who registered late. All other registrants will have their bibs with chip mailed to them.
Directions and Parking
How do I get to Fort De Soto?
- 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.
Is there parking?
Do we have to pay the $5 parking fee?
No. We have paid for you to prevent a traffic jam at the entrance. Just drive right past the pay booth.
Are the courses certified?
Yes. The Half marathon, 10K & 5K courses are accurately measured and certified by the USATF. To view the course maps click here.
Is the Half Marathon, 10K & 5k a loop course?
Yes, the races start and finish at Ft. De Soto Park’s North Beach. The course is extremely flat — parking lots, access roads, and paved recreational trails — an out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park. You will not be running on the beach.
Do we run on the beach?
Is there a time limit?
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.
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.
Are strollers, dogs or bicycles allowed on the course during the race?
Sorry but no. Since this is a USATF certified course, and due to our insurance restrictions and liability concerns, only runners, joggers and walkers are allowed.
Will you have aid stations and portalets on the course?
There are 7 aid stations with 8 oz. bottled water and volunteers starting at about mile 2.2. There is a combination of permanent facilities and portalets available along the courses. Click here to see map.
Is there medical support?
Where can I find race results?
I have a question about my finishing time. Whom can I contact?
Is there a virtual run for this race?
Are costumes mandatory?
I would like to volunteer. How can I do this?
What is the Volunteer Fundraising Opportunity?
In an effort to give back to our community, we invite small groups to adopt an aid station during each of our races. Registered non-profit group of eight volunteers will receive a post-race donation. This is a fun way for running clubs, youth athletic teams, school groups, and other charities to participate in our community events while earning funds for your organization. If your group would like to participate, please register NOW!
Please note that registering does not guarantee you a spot. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with your group assignment.
On behalf of our athletes, many thanks to all in the Tampa Bay community for all your continued support.
What charities are you affiliated with?
We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, staging races in Clearwater, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.
Our 2021-22 Season
Fort De Soto Distance Classic
15K, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Fort De Soto Park