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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register on race morning?

Yes; please arrive early.

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?

Athletes who register online receive immediate confirmation from Run SignUp. 

What do I do if I cannot find my registration?
Email us [email protected]. In the subject line please put “Missing Registration.” Be sure to include your first and last name that you registered under (maiden name, etc.). Please note, if you registered for the series (Challenge or Triple Crown) your name will not appear in the search results for the individual race. Do a search under the series that you registered for.

Packet Pickup & Registration

Are there packet pickups before the race?
Is there race day registration?

Yes, please get there early.

Can I pickup my packet on race day?

Yes, please get there early.

Directions and Parking

How do I get to Fort De Soto?
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.

Is there parking?
There is ample free parking at North Beach in Ft. De Soto Park.
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.

The Courses

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?
No, you will be running on paved recreational trails and access roads with the beach, dunes, or woods in sight.
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 water, Gatorade 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?
Medical support is available from ambulances stationed along the course, and at the finish line. If you need medical assistance, the ambulances will be mobile and ready to respond.
Where can I find race results?
Results will be posted at the Results page a few hours after the race.
I have a question about my finishing time. Whom can I contact?
For timing and scoring questions please e-mail us at [email protected]. Our chief scorer will get back to you within 24 hours.

 

Virtual Run

Is there a virtual run for this race?
Yes. Please go the Virtual Runs page for information.

Costumes

Are costumes mandatory?
Not at all. Please run in whatever you are comfortable in!

Volunteers

I would like to volunteer. How can I do this?
Thank you for your inquiry! Come be a part of the support system for your running community, and the out of towners who join us. Your time, energy and support are invaluable to all of us! Please go to the Volunteers page to sign up.
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.

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We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, staging races in Fort DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg, and Madeira Beach to Largo.

“You and your volunteers make this one of the best races around. I’m counting the days until the next one.” – Ron Wertley, Land of Lakes

Our 2022-23 Season

Fort De Soto Distance Classic
15K, 10K, 5K & Virtual

Sunday, September 25, 2022
Fort De Soto Park

Sunday, October 30, 2022
Fort De Soto Park
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)