Welcome to the 2023 St. Petersburg Distance Classic!
DATE: Sunday, February 12, 2023
PLACE: North Shore Park, Downtown St. Petersburg
6:00 a.m. EST: Walkers’ early start
6:30 a.m. EST: Marathon, Halfathon, 10K
7:00 a.m EST: 5K Race
PACKET PICKUP: Details to come as we get closer to the race. We frequently email to keep you updated.
DIRECTIONS: The start/finish line for the St. Petersburg Distance Classic is at North Shore Park; it is easily accessible at St. Petersburg’s waterfront, just north of the Vinoy Resort. If you need to Google or GPS North Shore Park, please use 901 N Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, Fl 33701 as the address
PARKING: There are various parking areas near North Shore Park. We will be emailing suggestions as we get closer to race day.
About the Courses…
Join us for our 5th Annual St. Petersburg Distance Classic, a fun February race on Florida’s west coast overlooking Tampa Bay. With a USATF certified Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, plus a Virtual option, we offer something for everyone.
ALL four race courses are the same for the first two miles – heading north into Snell Isle. While 5K participants turn around and return towards the finish line, all other participants head north and around Coffee Pot Bayou before returning to North Shore Park.
The Halfathon and Marathon head south along the waterfront, through our bustling downtown, and onto Central Avenue, which features a dynamic mixture of the best local shops and cafes. Watch for an abundance of huge murals on Central Avenue’s building walls as St. Petersburg is a genuinely well known haven for artists of all types.
At Mile 10, the Halfathon and Marathon courses split at the Pinellas Trail. The half marathon participants headed east back towards the waterfront, and the marathon runners headed west to achieve their marathon mileage before returning to the waterfront finish line.
The St. Petersburg Marathon is the first ever 26.2-mile race staged entirely in St. Petersburg. The marathon course has been accurately measured per USATF certification standards and certified (FL19019TY) and will therefore be a Boston Qualifier for 2023 and beyond.
For our out-of-town athletes, our award winning, white-sand beaches provide the perfect setting to relax. Ideal overall temperatures (56° – 71 °) make this a perfect spot for a mid-winter vacation wrapped around a long-distance run or walk.
Finally, we offer three virtual options for athletes unable to join us on-site: marathon, half marathon, and 5K. Visit our Virtual Runs page for more information.
We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, with races in St. Petersburg, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.
About St. Pete…
Once considered a sleepy town for seniors, St. Pete has undergone a revitalization that is receiving national attention. With gorgeous beaches, a lively downtown, craft breweries, and a growing arts scene, the Sunshine City has plenty to explore. Whether you’re escaping the cold from “Up North” or want to tour an energetic city, St. Pete has a lot to see and do during your February “race-cation” in Florida.
See what Southern Living says:
“Why You Really Need to Visit St. Petersburg, Florida”
See what the Chicago Tribune has to say:
“Creative St. Pete Has Reinvented Itself Into a Hip Hot Spot”
Take the Challenge!
Set some goals and take the only season-long Challenge in Tampa Bay, starting in September 2022 through March 2023. Complete ALL five of our races in any combination of distances and earn the ultimate award and bragging rights!
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