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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register on race day?

Yes! Please arrive early.

Can I transfer my bib to another runner?

Sorry but 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.

Is there online confirmation?

Athletes who register online receive immediate confirmation from RunSignUp. If you can not find your registration, please contact us at [email protected] Be sure to include the name that you registered under (maiden name, etc.).

What do I do if I cannot find my registration?

Email us at [email protected]. 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 & Registration

Are there packet pickups before the race?
Can I register for the race at packet pickup?
Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes, please arrive early.

Directions and Parking

How do I get to Fort De Soto?
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, 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.

Is there parking?

There is plenty of parking at North Beach in Ft. De Soto Park.

The Courses

Are the courses accurately measured?

Yes. The 5K, 10K and 15K courses are accurately measured according to USATF standards. To view the course maps click here.

Are the 5K, 10K and 15K loop courses?

Yes, all races start and finish at Ft. De Soto Park’s North Beach. The courses are extremely flat — parking lots, access roads, and paved recreational trails — an out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park.

Do we run on the beach?
No, you will be running on paved recreational trails and access roads with the beach, dunes, or woods in sight.
Is there a time limit?
We require that runners and walkers be properly prepared and trained to finish the 15K within 3 hours (18 minute/mile pace). Please note that 3 hours after the start, course support ((i.e. aid/water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is not guaranteed.

Due to our staging of this race entirely within a park and primarily on nature trails, we will NOT be offering an early walker’s start. All athletes will start at the same time in their respective races.

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

Sorry but no. Due to our insurance restrictions and liability concerns, only runners, joggers and walkers are allowed.

Will you have aid stations and portalets on the course?

There are 7 aid stations with bottled water and Gatorade starting at about mile 2.2. There is a combination of permanent facilities and portalets available along the courses.

Please see Map for details.

Is there medical support?
Medical support is available from ambulances stationed along the course and at the finish line as well as off-road rescue vehicles on the trail. If you need medical assistance, the ambulances will be mobile and ready to respond.

The Extras

Will there be food at the finish line?

Yes, we will have post-race food including breakfast pastries, fruit, munchies and drinks.

Where can I find race results?

Results will be posted at this link a few hours after the race.

I have a question about my finishing time. Whom can I contact?

For timing and scoring questions please send us an email at [email protected]. Our chief scorer will get back to you within 24 hours.

Awards

What about Age Group and Overall Awards?

Awards will be given out at the Post-Race Awards Ceremony. 

What are the awards and age group breakdowns?
  • All 15K, 10K, & 5K finishers receive our gold starfish medal
  • Overall: Top 3 Male/Female
  • Masters (40+): Top 3 Male/Female
  • GrandMaster (50+): Champions only Male/Female
  • Age Group: Champions only – Standard 5-Year

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. Registered non-profit group of four volunteers will receive a post-race donation. 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.

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We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, staging races in St. Petersburg, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.

“What an incredible morning at the Inaugural Ft. DeSoto 15K & 5K. Thank you for an excellent race. Despite the downpour of rain we were treated to a full rainbow over the Gulf of Mexico! Thanks Chris RD Lauber for organizing and adding another new race to the Florida Road Races.”

Our 2022-23 Season

Ft. De Soto Distance Classic
15K, 10K, 5K & Virtual

Sunday, September 25, 2022
Ft. De Soto Park

Florida Halloween Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual

Sunday, October 30, 2022
Ft. De Soto Park

Florida Holiday Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K & Virtual

Sunday, December 11, 2022
Madeira Beach to Largo

St. Petersburg Distance Classic
Marathon, Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Downtown St. Pete

Florida Shamrock Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual

Saturday, March 4, 2023
Ft. De Soto Park