3 Challenges: Half, 10k, or 5k. More Races. More Bling.

"As a new runner, I didn't realize how much I would grow in the sport by signing up for the series. Naturally, as I participated in each race I began to improve in my time, my control and learn what my body's needs to refuel are. I have learned so much about myself by simply signing up for the series of half marathons. I look forward to my third series this fall!"

The Florida Halfathon Challenge

Take the Florida Halfathon Challenge by completing all Halfathons* in our 2019-20 race season and earn a beautiful Challenge finisher's medal, choose your personalized bib number for all races, and save with some great discounts!

RACE DATES:
Our 2019-2020 race season starts in October, 2019 and ends in March, 2020:

October 27, 2019:  Halloween Halfathon –  Fort De Soto Park
December 8 2019:  Holiday Halfathon – Madeira Beach to Largo
February 9, 2020:  St. Petersburg Distance Classic Halfathon* – Downtown St. Pete
March 15, 2020:  Shamrock Halfathon – Ft. De Soto Park

Staged in the tropical Tampa Bay area, all races are held 6-8 weeks apart, allowing you plenty of time for training and recovery.

BENEFITS OF SIGNING UP FOR THE CHALLENGE:
– Save money by signing up for the entire series instead of individual races
– Earn a beautiful Challenge medal for completing all halfathons
– Unique personalized bib number for entire series
– Option to switch one race to the Virtual race if your plans change

*The St. Petersburg Marathon can count as 2 Halfathons for the series rankings.

 

NEW! The Florida 10k Challenge

The 10K - the perfect distance for the runner transitioning between the 5K and the Half.  We've added 4 brand new 10K courses to our well-known and loved locations. Choose 4 out of 5 races* to qualify for the Florida 10K Challenge and get rewarded with our beautiful Challenge medal.

RACE DATES:
Our 2019-2020 race season starts in October, 2019 and ends in March, 2020:

September 29, 2019: Fort De Soto 15K, 10K, 5K - Fort De Soto Park
October 27, 2019:  Halloween Distance Classic 10K–  Fort De Soto Park
December 8 2019:  Holiday Distance Classic 10K – Madeira Beach to Largo
February 9, 2020:  St. Petersburg Distance Classic 10K – Downtown St. Pete
March 15, 2020:  Shamrock Distance Classic 10K* – Ft. De Soto Park

Staged in the tropical Tampa Bay area, all races are held 6-8 weeks apart, allowing you plenty of time for training and recovery.

BENEFITS OF SIGNING UP FOR THE 10K CHALLENGE:
– Save money by signing up for the entire series instead of individual races
– Earn a beautiful Challenge medal for completing four 10Ks
– Option to switch one race to the Virtual race if your plans change

*The Shamrock 10K is the Challenge series conclusion and must be attended to receive your Challenge medal.

 

The Florida 5k Challenge.

Set some goals and watch the PRs roll in at our Florida 5K Challenge. Our races are held 6-8 weeks apart, allowing you plenty of time for training and recovery. Cross the finish line at the final Shamrock 5K and get your gorgeous Challenge medal (and plenty of high-fives!)

RACE DATES:
Our 2019-2020 race season starts in October, 2019 and ends in March, 2020:

September 29, 2019: Fort De Soto 15K, 10K, 5K - Fort De Soto Park
October 27, 2019:  Halloween Distance Classic 5K–  Fort De Soto Park
February 9, 2020:  St. Petersburg Distance Classic 5K – Downtown St. Pete
March 15, 2020:  Shamrock Distance Classic 5K* – Ft. De Soto Park

BENEFITS OF SIGNING UP FOR THE 5K CHALLENGE:
– Save money by signing up for the entire series instead of individual races
– Earn a beautiful Challenge medal for completing four 5Ks
– Option to switch one race to the Virtual race if your plans change

*The Shamrock 5K is the Challenge series conclusion and must be attended to receive your Challenge medal.

 

 

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We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, with races in St. Petersburg, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.
ABOUT OUR RACES
“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.”
– R.B., Lakeland

 

Our 2019-20 Season

Fort De Soto 15K, 10K & 5K
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Fort De Soto Park

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Fort De Soto Park
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Downtown St. Pete
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Fort De Soto Park
 
More races, more medals!

THE COURSES:

  • The Ft. De Soto 15K, 10K and 5K courses showcase the natural beauty of this Florida barrier island. Named the nation’s #1 Beach in 2005, you'll run on flat, paved recreational trails (no sand!) with vast views of the tranquil Gulf.  See course maps.
  • The Halloween Distance Classic courses at Ft. De Soto are fast and flat. Made up of recreational trails and access roads in this beautiful state park, you'll enjoy seeing the sun rise over the Sunshine Skyway. Great for setting PRs. See course maps.
  • The Holiday Distance Classic course starts in Madeira Beach and ends at Taylor Park. You'll run through exclusive residential and commercial areas in our beach communities, along smoothly paved Pinellas Trail, and through shaded public parks. The Park Blvd. bridge adds some hill-work to your run or walk. Busses will bring you back from the finish line to the start line. See course maps.
  • The St. Petersburg Distance Classic courses are a scenic tour through St. Pete, from the sparkling waterfront, to beautiful historic neighborhoods, the trendy downtown, and the shaded Pinellas Trail - a rails-to-trails linear park. Course map coming soon. See course maps.
  • The Shamrock Halfathon course is exactly the same as the Halloween Halfathon course. Measure your progress from your first halfathon to your last - perhaps you'll set some PRs!  See course maps.

 

Virtual Challenge:

Designed for 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. Your Challenge medal will be mailed to you. To see all entry fee options, please visit the registration page (opens April 1).

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