Can I register on race day?

Yes. Registration is at the race site at North Shore Park, St. Petersburg, starting at 5:00 a.m.

Do you take credit cards on race day?

Yes. Checks and cash also.

What is the race refund policy?

To receive a refund, deferral, or credit, you must register by December 20, 2018 for the St. Petersburg Distance Classic and notify the race director by email (not Facebook) at least 3 weeks before the race or by January 20, 2019. There are no refunds due to cancellations due to an Act of God, such as weather. 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 (Shamrock Halfathon & 5K), on or about April 1, 2019.

Can I transfer my bib to another runner?

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.

How do Canadians and international runners register?

Canadians may register online, payable in U.S. Dollars. All other international participants MUST register online using a major credit card. International participants requiring invitations to secure visas must request letter by September 1. You must include in your request your full mailing address as well as the address of the U.S. Consulate in your area. Letters of invitation will be sent by mail only.

Is there online confirmation?

Athletes who register online receive immediate confirmation from Active.com.

Online confirmation is also available at Active.com’s registration page, right below the banner, where it says “SEARCH PARTICIPANTS.” If you have registered for the Challenge, please search under the Challenge Link, not the particular race’s link.

What do I do if I cannot find my registration?

Email us info@FLRoadRaces.com. In the subject line please put “Missing Registration.” Be sure to include your first and last name that you registered under (maiden name, etc.).

Packet Pickup

Are there packet pickups before the race?

Yes. There are 4 packet pickups before the race. Click here for schedule.

Can someone else pick up my race packet?

If someone else picks up your race packet for you, they MUST have a copy of your confirmation sheet.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes, there will be packet pickup at the race site from 5:30 – 6:45 a.m. Please come early so you have plenty of time to prepare for the start of the race.

Directions, Parking, Bag Drop Off

How do I get to the start line at North Shore Park, St. Petersburg?
The address is 901 N Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. You can get driving directions from Google Maps. 
The start / finish line at North Shore Park is easily accessible at St. Petersburg’s waterfront, just north of the Vinoy Resort!
Is there parking?

City officials have requested us to encourage our athletes to park at the Sundial Parking Lot, located at 117 2nd Street North for a flat fee of $5.00.

Is there a Bag Drop Off?

Yes. We will have a designated area for bag drop off. This is strictly by the honor system. No wallets, cell phones, or other valuables should be put in the bags as we cannot be responsible for missing items.

The Courses

Is the St. Petersburg Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

The marathon course is accurately measured to USATF certification standards and will therefore be a Boston Qualifier for 2020 and beyond. Certification number is FL19019TY.

Are the courses certified?
Yes. All courses are accurately measured per USATF certification standards. Our Marathon is Boston Qaulifier. To view the course maps click here.
When is the start time?
6:00 a.m. Mandatory early start for any athlete expecting to exceed a 14-minute pace in the marathon, halfathon, or 10K
6:30 a.m. Start of Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K
7:00 a.m.  Start of 5K Race / Walk
Timing?

Official results will be based on “gun time” as per USATF rules. We are using chip scoring for this race. Chips are attached to the back of your bib. Please do not remove them.

Is there a course time limit?

The finish line for all races will be open for 6 hours from the 6:30 a.m. start, meaning 12:30 p.m.

Anyone expecting to exceed a 14 minute pace are required to start early at 6:00 am, and stay on the sidewalk until runners starting at 6:30 am pass by.

The course on public roads will open to traffic based upon that pace. For instance, marathoners should be at the midpoint by 9:30 a.m., regardless of start time. Athletes slower than that will need to move to the sidewalks and adhere to all pedestrian laws.

Are strollers, dogs or bicycles allowed on the course during the race?

No. Due to insurance restrictions and liability concerns, only runners, joggers and walkers are allowed.

Will you have aid stations and portalets on the course?

AID STATIONS:
Located throughout each race course.
MARATHON: at about Miles 2, 3.4, 5.4, 6.7, 8.1, 9.8, 11.3, 12.8. 14.1, 16.1, 17, 19, 20.3, 21.8. 23.1, 24.7. 25.9.
HALFATHON: at about Miles 2, 3.4, 5.4, 6.7, 8.1, 9.8, then at miles 11.6, 12.8
SAME AID STATIONS ARE USED FOR FOR THE 10K & 5K

  • We offer lemon-lime Gatorade and water at numerous aid stations during each event. Athletes who feel they will need additional hydration than what we provide are welcome to make their own arrangements, such as carrying additional fluids or having friends meet them along the course.

  • Fresh Florida Oranges will also be available along the St. Petersburg Marathon and the St. Petersburg Halfathon courses.

  • All aid stations will be supplied with Vaseline. We do not offer gels on the course because of the potential G.I. issues they may cause for athletes who have not trained using them. BRING YOUR OWN GELS!
Is there medical support?
Dedicated standby ambulances will be stationed along the course and at the finish line.
SAG vehicle?

Our SAG vehicle will pick up runners unable to finish and bring them to the finish line once the van fills up or after the last walker. The SAG Vehicle is not a taxi and will pick up runners after the field has passed each check-in post. Entrants are welcome to call family and friends to be picked up at your convenience.

Will there be food at the finish line?

Yes, we have a fabulous post-race party including pasta, breakfast pastries, fruit, munchies and beer. There is live music for your entertainment.

Awards

Will I receive a finisher medal?
Yes. ALL finishers of the St. Petersburg Distance Classic will earn one of our gorgeous running starfish medals featuring a St. Petersburg sunshine theme.
When is the award ceremony and where is it held?
The awards ceremony is located at the races’ post-race party area at North Shore Park, as follows: 
7:45 a.m.    10K overall and age-group awards
8:15 a.m.    5K overall and age group awards
9:00 a.m.    Halfathon overall and age group awards
10:30 a.m.    Marathon overall and age group awards
What are the awards and age group breakdowns?
All Marathon, Halfathon, 10K, and 5K finishers will receive our unique gold running starfish medals.
  • Age Group Awards – 3 deep in standard 5 year age groups
  • Overall Male & Female Awards – 3 deep
  • Masters (40+) Male & Female Awards – 3 deep
  • Grandmasters (50+) Male & Female Awards – 3 deep

Sponsorship and Booth Space

How do I become a sponsor?

Please contact Rya Lauber for more information at Rya@FLRoadRaces.com

I'm interested in getting booth space at the race. How do I find out about this?

Please contact Rya Lauber for more information about booth space at Rya@FLRoadRaces.com.

Virtual Run

Is there a virtual run for this race?

Yes. Please go the Virtual Runs page for information.

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. Any non-profit group of eight volunteers will receive a post-race donation of $200. 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! These are offered on a first-come basis and may fill up quickly. 

Charities

What charities are you affiliated with?

Florida Road Races is a family-owned and operated business, with its owners, Rya and Chris Lauber, residents of St. Petersburg since 1990. Most of the revenue generated covers expenses, and hopefully, some profit, so we may continue to operate. Earning our living in this sport allows us to give back to our community in a variety of ways:

 

1) Unlike some other singular-cause events where all the proceeds go to one non-profit, we donate cash to a number of local, micro non-profits such as running clubs, youth athletic teams, etc. that support our races with their volunteers.

 

2) We offer direct support to athletes in financial need through our Entry Fee Assistance program. We also invite local elite athletes to participate so they can continue to improve.

 

3) We often provide comp entries as raffle items for auctions at churches, schools, fundraisers, etc., and we donate modest amounts of cash when our athletes are raising funds for their pet projects.

 

4) Through our races, we provide exposure to other fundraising events via Facebook post, emails, and our goody bags.

 

5) Our biggest area of charitable endeavor is to provide our race management services, equipment and time, pro bono or partial pro-bono, to non-profits that stage races. In prior years, we did this for the Partners For Life Police Appreciation Run. More recently, we helped the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation increase participation by 50% for its One Step Closer to the Cure 5K / 10K / 1 Miler. We helped a fellow race director stage her Sunrise Run for three years. We have also offered our time or equipment when applicable, such as volunteering at Gasparilla and the St. Pete Road Runners 5K Beach Series.

 

6) The absolute most satisfying charitable endeavor was to create and stage the “Tampa Bay for Boston Memorial Run.” About 3 weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, we hosted 800 athletes in St. Petersburg for a candlelight vigil and memorial run, raising $15,000 for the bombing victims through The One Fund Boston.

 

As you can see, we LOVE being a part of the Tampa Bay running community and thoroughly enjoy being in a position where we can help in so many diverse ways.

 

Finally, for each individual athlete who participates with us, we offer the opportunity to achieve goals they once thought impossible.

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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
“Thanks again for a well-run race! For me it is local, but it is worth traveling to. Florida is very pretty this time of year. The weather is unpredictable, but you will never run in snow 🙂 and you will rarely run in rain. There are lots of inexpensive local hotels and plenty to do in this area. The race staff is well-organized, the volunteers (and lots of them) are all very friendly and helpful. The race is relatively small so the pack breaks up within a mile and you can usually get a good time. The race has been well-supported. Today we had a lot of wind which made it a challenge, but that’s why we do this, right?”
– Tom Wells, St. Petersburg, FL

 

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
 
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