Welcome to St. Pete!
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 email frequently to keep you updated.
DIRECTIONS: 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.
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 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.
The Starfish Challenge!
The only year-long runners’ Challenge in Tampa Bay! Sorry, but due to COVID-19, we had to suspend the Challenge for this year. As with all races, we hope that we can resume our Challenge next season. Please stay safe!
Read About the Starfish Challenge…