Challenge & Triple Crown - St. Petersburg Distance Classic

Starfish Series: More Races. More Awards.

“As a new runner, I didn’t realize how much I would grow in the sport by signing up for the series. Naturally, as I participated in each race I began to improve in my time, my control and learn what my body’s needs to refuel are. I have learned so much about myself by simply signing up for the series of half marathons. I look forward to my third series this fall!”

The Florida Road Races Starfish Series

Series Highlights

  • Participate in at least three (3) Florida Road Races during 2024-25 to be eligible for awards.
  • Run as many races as you can. We will score all of your races.
  • Awards will be presented to the top three Male and Female Overall and Age Groups.
  • Celebrate with our end-of-season awards ceremony for all series qualifiers.
The scoring is simple. The age groups for the Starfish Race Series are 0-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+  You will earn age group points in these age groups for each race you participate. The points are as follows:
Number of Points
5K 10K 15K Halfathon Marathon
1st 100 110 120 130 140
2nd 90 99 108 117 126
3rd 80 88 96 104 112
4th 70 77 84 91 98
5th 60 66 72 78 84
6th 50 55 60 65 70
7th 40 44 48 52 56
8th 30 33 36 39 42
Participation 20 20 20 20 20

You must run a minimum of three (3) races to qualify for the series and be eligible for awards. You can win your age group by participating in at least 3 Florida Road Races in 2023-24.  We will score all of your races in the series. The more you run, the better chance you have to win!

  • Run 2 races… sorry out of luck.  Can’t win an award.
  • Run 3 races… you can win an award. We will score all three races.
  • Run 4 races… you can win an award. We will score all four races.
  • Run 5 races… you can win an award. We will score all five races & YOU GET A SPECIAL GIFT!

Age-Up Rule. Your age group is defined for ALL races in the Starfish Series based on your age on the date of the Florida Shamrock Distance Classic. That means that the age group you will be competing in is your age on the date of the Florida Shamrock Distance Classic. Remember this when you look at race results from the Starfish Series. Someone may be in the 30-34 age group during a specific race, but for Starfish Series they may be in the 35-39 age group (thus taking away your valuable points… darn that rule!)

Tie-Breaker. In the case of a tie, the highest average place finish per event will be used to break the deadlock.  If two runners have the same number of points and average place finish, a head-to-head tiebreaker will be used to declare the winner (whoever won the most head-to-head races).   If each runner is still tied, the runner who has finished the most races will win. If each runner ran the same number of races, then the LAST race in the year. BOTH runners who participated will be used to decide the head-to-head tiebreaker.  For example, if both runners participate in the Holiday Halfathon, the runner winning the head-to-head competition will be declared the winner. If two runners are tied and do not compete head-to-head against each other, the runner who finished the latest race in the calendar will be the winner.

The Courses

  • The Fort De Soto 15K, 10K, and 5K courses showcase the natural beauty of this Florida barrier island. Named the nation’s #1 Beach in 2005, you’ll run on flat, paved recreational trails (no sand!) with vast views of the tranquil Gulf.
  • The Halloween Distance Classic courses at Fort De Soto are fast and flat. Made up of recreational trails and access roads in this beautiful state park, you’ll enjoy seeing the sunrise over the Sunshine Skyway. Great for setting PRs.
  • The Holiday Distance Classic course starts in Madeira Beach and ends at Taylor Park. You’ll run through exclusive residential and commercial areas in our beach communities, along smoothly paved Pinellas Trail, and through shaded public parks. The Park Blvd. bridge adds some hill-work to your run or walk. Shuttle buses will bring you back from the finish line to the start line.
  • The St. Petersburg Distance Classic courses are a scenic tour through St. Pete, from the sparkling waterfront to beautiful historic neighborhoods, the trendy downtown, and the shaded Pinellas Trail – a rails-to-trails linear park. See course maps.
  • The Shamrock Halfathon course is the same as the Halloween Halfathon course. Measure your progress from your first race to your last – perhaps you’ll set some PRs!
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We're located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, with races in St. Petersburg, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.

“This was one of the most organized races I have ever participated in. From all of the pre-race updates, to the race, to the post-race activities, everything was top notch. Thank you for a great experience.”
– R.B., Lakeland

Our 2024-25 Season

Fort De Soto Distance Classic
15K, 10K, 5K & Virtual

Sunday, September 15, 2024
Fort De Soto Park