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Fort De Soto Distance Classic

Sun September 15, 2024 Saint Petersburg, FL 33715 US

Directions & Parking


Race Location: Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Fort De Soto Park is located at the southern end of Pinellas County and is 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. 


Pinellas County Parks Department requires us the close the park access road from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. You MUST arrive and be INSIDE the gate by 7:00 AM or you will not be allowed in. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Parking payment will be required. Pinellas County has implemented an automated parking system at county parks. You will be required to pay via an app (preferred to avoid lines on race morning) or pay at the payment stations inside the park. Otherwise, you are subject to being ticketed. Please see the details below.

There are 2 ways to pay:

1) Daily visitors can use PAY STATIONS at multiple locations throughout the park. You MUST enter your license tag number and can pay the $5.00 using CREDIT CARDS ONLY. 
2) Use the ParkMobile mobile parking app. When you park, then you can pay via the app at that time. The zone is 93801

For your convenience on race morning and to avoid long lines at the pay stations, we strongly encourage all participants to download the ParkMobile parking app here:



Our 2023-24 Season

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