DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
PLACE: FT. DE SOTO PARK, ST. PETERSBURG
7:05 a.m. – 15K
7:25 a.m. – 10K & 5K
We are in the planning stage for our packet pickup locations, dates and times for the Fort De Soto Distance Classic.; one packet pickup in St. Pete, one in Tampa for our local runners’ convenience. We will also have packet pickup on race morning, but we encourage you to pick up during the week to avoid long lines.
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, turn-ing south to Fort De Soto Park.
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 Race
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, coinciding with a spectacular sunrise, 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 remains of 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.
“I really appreciate the quality of events that you put on for the Bay Area . . . the courses are scenic and easy to follow, the volunteers are super supportive along the water stops, and the medals are AWESOME! I look forward to participating in your races for years to come. ” – Emily Arends, Clearwater, FL
We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, staging races in St. Petersburg, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.
The Starfish Challenge
The only year-long runners’ Challenge in Tampa Bay! Sorry, but due to COVID-19, we had to suspend the Challenge for this year. As with all races, we hope that we can resume our Challenge next season. Please stay safe!