Race Info - St. Petersburg Distance Classic

Race Info

Registration and Packet Pickup

There will be 2 packet pickups and registration at Fit2Run in St. Petersburg and Tampa the week before the race:
Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Fit2Run/Tampa – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7 – Fit2Run/St. Pete – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

There will also be packet pickup and registration at the race site, North Shore Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., and on race morning from 5:00 – 6:15 a.m. We strongly encourage you to pick up prior to Race Day to avoid long lines.

Race Day Schedule

5:00 a.m. Race-day Registration / Packet Pickup opens at North Shore Park
6:30 am. Start of Marathon, Halfathon, and 10K
7:00 a.m. Start of 5K Run/Walk
7:45 a.m. 10K overall and age-group awards
8:15 a.m. 5K overall and age group awards
9:00 a.m. Halfathon overall and age group awards
10:30 a.m. Marathon overall and age group awards
12:30 a.m. Finish Line closes

Start / Finish

All events start at North Shore Park on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront



Marathon (26.2 miles)
Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
10K Race (6.2 miles)
5K Race / Walk (3.1 miles)


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.

Course Limits

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

However, while walkers are welcome in all our races, everyone in the 10K, Halfathon and Marathon expecting to exceed a 15 minute pace are required to start early at 6:00 am, and stay on the sidewalk until runners starting at 6:30 am pass by.

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

Course Highlights

  • All competitive events start 15 minutes before sunrise.
  • All courses tour through downtown Clearwater, over the Clearwater Bridge and the Clearwater Causeway.
  • Coachman Park is a beautiful setting to finish and celebrate each of our events.
  • Click here for a “Mile by Mile” overview of the Marathon course.
  • Click here for a “Mile by Mile” overview of the Halfathon course.
  • Check out each of our course maps for more precise routes.

No Bicycles, Dogs

Our courses are sanctioned and insured for runners, joggers, walkers and athletes of all abilities. Dogs, skaters, skateboards and bicycles are NOT allowed on the course during our races.

Boston Qualifier

The Marathon course is accurately measured, USATF certified #FL13013EBM, and therefore a Boston Qualifier.

USATF Certification

The marathon, half marathon and 50k courses have been precisely measured and are certified to USATF requirements.


Official results will be sorted by Net Time. Both Net and Gun Times will be provided for all athletes.


We offer Gatorade and water at numerous aid stations during each event. Athletes who feel they will need additional hydration than what we provide are welcome to make their own arrangements, such as carrying additional fluids or having friends meet them along the course.
Fresh Florida Oranges will also be available along the St. Petersburg Marathon and theSt. Petersburg Halfathon courses.
Medical support is available from ambulances stationed along the course, and at the finish line. If you need medical assistance, the ambulances will be mobile and able to respond.

Weather Info

Average Low – 52°
Average High – 72°
Average Monthly rainfall – 1.99 ”
Sunrise: 7:20 a.m.

Start line Parking

There is ample parking located at Coachman Park and throughout downtown Clearwater.

Post Race Pasta Party!

Celebrate your success at our super-fun post race party. Replenish with our delicious pasta and meatballs (vegetarian option available), beer, breakfast foods and fruits. Enjoy live music and vendors selling their wares. Stay around for the awards ceremony in case you win in your age group. You just may receive another medal or trophy!

Awards – Marathon

Gold running starfish medals for all Marathon finishers
Age Group Awards – 3 deep in standard 5 year age groups
Overall Male / Female Awards – 3 deep

Awards – Half Marathon

Gold running starfish medals for all halfathon finishers
Age Group Awards – 3 deep in standard 5 yr. age groups
Overall Male / Female Awards – 3 deep

Awards – 10k

Gold running starfish medals for all 5-Miler finishers
Age Group Awards – 3 deep in standard 5 yr. age groups
Overall Male / Female Awards – 3 deep

Awards – 5k Run/Walk

Age Group Awards – 3 deep in standard 5 yr. age groups
Overall Male / Female Awards – 3 deep

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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 a totally awesome half marathon this morning! This is my 6th half marathon in 8 weeks and I have to say my FAVORITE!! It was my first Clearwater Half, but will by no means be my last. I will run it every year from now on!!!! Not only did we have perfect weather, the route was absolutely beautiful, the race staff was awesome and very friendly and the post race festivities were great! Thank you so much for a wonderful race!!!!
– Carol Nicholas, Lecanto, 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)