Race Cancelled Due to Covid
It is with very heavy hearts that we are forced to announce that the St. Petersburg Distance Classic is cancelled for 2022 due to the COVID pandemic. Experts are predicting that the current surge will peak in mid-February, which coincides EXACTLY with our scheduled date of February 13th.
While we realize this race was to be held outdoors where virus transmission among athletes may remain at an “acceptable” level (whatever that is), there is also the likelihood that transmission would take place when so many athletes are in such close proximity to one another.
Also, as many of you know, running a 26.2 mile marathon is the most arduous race of the popular distances. We eliminate the possibility of our athletes being sent to overburdened hospitals.
We will ALWAYS err on the side of caution when it comes to the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, crew members, and city workers who would be scheduled to lend their support.
By canceling these races, we also eliminate any extra strain on first responders: specifically police officers and EMTs.
Announcing this decision now provides athletes with ample time to make alternate plans, whether it is finding different races to join or changing travel plans.
We also eliminate the possibility of this race being canceled at the last minute by city officials who could face staffing issues, particularly for traffic control, as so many police officers are needed to man all the posts in our downtown area.
We apologize for the inconvenience this cancellation might create for our athletes, but please know there is no one more disappointed than we are. For most of you, this is a recreational pursuit. For us, this is, and has been, our livelihood for more than the last two decades.
We recognize that everyone may not agree with our decisions, especially as other races will continue to be staged. Just as every race is uniquely staged, every race director has different demands and safety standards.
Please know we are doing the best we can during these uncertain times to keep all parties as safe as possible.
For Registered Athletes
You will be receiving an email with the information and options below.
Other Options For Registered Athletes
Register here for Florida Virtual Challenge
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!
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