Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register on race day?

No, there will be no race day registration, online registration only. Since we are mailing bibs, we ask local athletes to please register by Sunday, Sept. 19th; our last day of mailing bibs to local runners is Monday, Sept. 20.

What is the race refund policy?

Early entrants who register by June 26, 2021 are eligible for complete refunds of entry fees or deferral to another upcoming race – athlete’s choice.There are no refunds, transfers or credits, unless you register by June 26, 2021 AND notify the race director of your withdrawal at least THREE weeks prior to the race on September 5, 2021. This is when we order your bib, t-shirt, etc. ALL refund checks from ALL races will be issued at the same time – after our Shamrock Halfathon on or about April 1, 2022.

There are no refunds for cancellations due to an Act of God, such as severe weather, fires or floods. Refunds, deferrals, or transfers are NOT available if you fail to show up for the race.

All refunds will be issued by check after the last race of our series, the Shamrock Distance Classic, on or about April 1, 2022. Refunds do not include processing fees charged by Active.com.

If our race permit is withdrawn due to COVID-19 and this race is cancelled, you may defer your entry to any of our future races (we have 5 races per season) in our 2021-22 season. There is no transfer fee nor processing fee. There will be no refunds.

THERE ARE NO TRANSFERS OF BIBS TO OTHER ATHLETES. A runner participating under someone else’s name will NOT be covered by USATF insurance if there should be an accident and will be disqualified if caught.

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.

How do Canadians and international runners register?
Canadians may register online or by printing the entry form, with check 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. 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?

Limited packet pickup on race morning is for out-of-area athletes and those who registered late. All other registrants will have their bibs with chip mailed to them.

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 free parking at North Beach in Ft. De Soto Park.

Do we have to pay the $5 parking fee?

No. We have paid for you in order to prevent a log-jam at the entrance.  Just drive right past the pay booth.

The Courses

Are the courses certified?

Yes. The 5K, 10K and 15K courses are accurately measured and certified by the USATF. 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 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. Per our COVID policy, all food will be individually wrapped, all water will be bottled. 

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.


What about Age Group and Overall Awards?

Awards will be mailed out to all winners. We will not be having an 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.


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.


What charities are you affiliated with?

Florida Road Races is a family-owned and operated business, with most of the revenue covering 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 like “Komen Race for the Cure” 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 encourage small non-profits to use our Clearwater 5K Walkathon as a fundraiser. In a nutshell, any non-profit that registers with us and recruits athletes to participate in the walk, receives $20 of the $30 entry fee. We have all the infrastructure, permits, etc. in place. All a non-profit needs to do is recruit its supporters.

4) 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.

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

6) 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. 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. On September 27, we are helping a fellow race director stage her Sunrise Run. We also offer our time or equipment when applicable, such as volunteering at Gasparilla and the St. Pete Road Runners 5K Beach Series.

7) The absolute most satisfying charitable endeavor last season was to create and stage the “Tampa Bay for Boston Memorial Run.” Just about 3 weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, we hosted 800 athletes in St. Pete for a candlelight vigil and memorial run, raising $15,000 for the 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.

We don’t think we’ll ever have a hospital wing named after us, but we take great joy in helping people on a more direct, personal level.

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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 2021-22 Season

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

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Ft. De Soto Park

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

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Ft. De Soto Park

Florida Holiday Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K
& Virtual

Sunday, December 12, 2021
Madeira Beach to Largo

St. Petersburg Distance Classic
Marathon, Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Downtown St. Pete

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

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Ft. De Soto Park