DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022
PLACE: FT. DE SOTO PARK, ST. PETERSBURG
7:05 a.m. – 15K
7:15 a.m. – 10K
7:25 a.m. – 5K
REGISTRATION & PACKET PICKUP:
We are in the planning stage for our packet pickup locations, dates and times for the Fort De Soto Distance Classic. We will also have packet pickup on race morning, but we encourage you to pick up during the week to avoid long lines. Stay tuned!
Both the 15K, 10K and 5K courses start at North Beach and are pure out-and-back 9.3 mile, 6.2 and 3.1 mile tours of Ft. De Soto Park run on paved trails and access roads. You will NOT be running on the sand.
These are extremely flat and fast courses with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured according to USATF course certification standards..
Fort De Soto Park has been named “America’s Top Beach” by TripAdvisor several times over the years citing a “spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm, clear water and a laid-back atmosphere.
About the 15K, 10K & 5K
With a distance for every level of runner and walker, the Fort De Soto 15k, 10k, & 5k is a great way to ease into the running race season after a long, hot Florida summer.
An early morning start coincides with a spectacular sunrise and gets you running while it’s still cool and breezy. Though you are never running on the sand, you can see Fort De Soto’s award-winning beach from various points along the course.
Depending on which distance you run, you’ll get to experience the natural beauty of the park – a gorgeous view of the Sunshine Skyway from East Beach, the historic fort, which dates back to 1898, and a shady nature trail through Arrowhead Park.
Parking is plenty and pre-paid to avoid a bottle-neck at the entrance. There are plenty of aid stations on the course with water and Gatorade.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I think you and the volunteers did a great job hosting the race on Sunday. The safety measures that were put in place were very well thought out.”
– Cheryl Costello