Race Day Schedule - St. Petersburg Distance Classic

Race Day Schedule

5:00  to 6:45 a.m. Packet pickup/registration at North Shore Park
6:00 a.m. Early Start for Marathon, Half, & 10K only*
6:30 a.m. Start of St. Petersburg Marathon, Halfathon, 10K
7:00 a.m. Start of St. Petersburg 5K Run/Walk
8:00 a.m. Post-race party and Awards Ceremony, starting with 10K overall and age-group awards
  5K overall and age group awards
  Halfathon overall and age group awards
  Marathon overall and age group awards
12:30 p.m. Finish Line closes


* Early Start & Course Limits

*Mandatory Early Start
The Early Start is ONLY for runners or walkers in the 10K, Halfathon, and Marathon (no 5K) expected to exceed 14 minutes per mile.
Athletes who start early are REQUIRED to stay on the sidewalk on North Shore Drive, Coffee Pot Blvd NE, and into Snell Isle. Race leaders will overtake early-start athletes sometime around mile 3. Please do NOT hinder their progress in any way.

As ALL courses use the same roads and Pinellas Trail as the Marathon, there is NO time limit for the 5K, 10K, and Halfathon.

The finish line for all races will be open for 6 hours from the 6:30 a.m. start until 12:30 pm. The course on public roads will open to traffic based on that pace. For instance, marathoners should be at the midpoint by 9:30 a.m., regardless of the start time. Athletes slower than that must move to the sidewalks and adhere to all pedestrian laws.

Bag Check

Bag check will be available near the registration and packet pickup tent. This is strictly by the honor system. No wallets, cell phones, or other valuables should be put in the bags, as we cannot be responsible for missing items.

Directions & Parking

The start/finish line at North Shore Park 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.

There is limited parking next to the race start line – this is for the exclusive use of Marathoners, who will receive a parking permit by email. The entrance to this parking lot is from North Shore Drive NE and will close promptly at 5:45 a.m. You will not be able to leave until 10:00 a.m. at the earliest since the road will be closed for the race.

There are numerous parking spots in the residential area immediately west of the start line at North Shore Dr. NE, but please be aware of parking restrictions and read the signs. If possible, we encourage all athletes to carpool or be dropped off.

City officials have requested that our athletes park at the Sundial Parking Lot at 117 2nd Street North for a flat fee of $8.00/day. The parking lot is within walking distance of the start line (.9 mile) and is open 24/7.

North Shore Park

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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.

“St. Pete is a beautiful city and this course starts and ends right along the bay and then through a beautiful neighborhood area before lots of miles on a verrry flat and shaded and no congestion with plenty of aid stations, before returning to a beautiful downtown.”
– Jim Miller, Orlando, FL

Our 2024-25 Season

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

Sunday, September 15, 2024
Fort De Soto Park

Sunday, October 13, 2024
Fort De Soto Park
TBD, 2024
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)