Welcome to the 2024
St. Petersburg Distance Classic
DATE: Sunday, February 11, 2024
PLACE: North Shore Park, Downtown St. Petersburg
6:05 am EST: Early Start: Marathon, Half, 10K**
6:35 am EST: Marathon, Halfathon, 10K
7:05 am EST: 5K Race
* *Mandatory Early Start
This is for all athletes in the 10K, Half, and Marathon only, expected to exceed 14 minutes per mile ONLY. This is not for the 5K.
PACKET PICKUP: for the convenience of our runners, we will have numerous packet pickups before the race. We strongly encourage you to pick up before race day to avoid long lines.
See Packet Pickup Schedule Here
***THERE IS NO RACE MORNING REGISTRATION.***
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.
We Have Pacers!
We’re excited to be teaming up with Beast Pacing for our Marathon and Half! Whether it is a Boston Qualifying time, a P.R., or just someone to run with, Beast Pacers will help! Beast chooses pacers for their ability to successfully lead a group while keeping them motivated to the finish. Pacers are assigned to Marathon times 20 minutes slower than they typically run (Half Marathon times 10 minutes slower) and are required to finish the race within 1 minute of goal time, but never over. Pace Times are available on our FAQ Page
About the Courses…
Join us for our 2024 St. Petersburg Distance Classic, a scenic February race on Florida’s west coast overlooking Tampa Bay. With a USATF-certified Marathon (BQ), Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, plus a Virtual option, we offer a distance for every level of runner and walker.
ALL four race courses are the same for the first two miles – heading north into historic Snell Isle. We will have Pacers for the Marathon and the Half. The 10K can benefit from the Half pacers until they split at the 10K turnaround point. While 5K participants turn around and return towards the finish line, all other participants head north around Coffee Pot Bayou’s waterfront before returning to North Shore Park.
The Halfathon and Marathon head south along the waterfront, through our eclectic downtown, and onto Central Avenue, which features a dynamic mixture of trendy local shops and cafes. Watch for many beautiful murals on Central Avenue’s building walls, as St. Petersburg is adorned with over 600.
At Mile 10, the Halfathon and Marathon courses split at the shaded Pinellas Trail. The half marathon participants head east, back towards the waterfront, and the marathon runners head 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.
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!
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