Save the Date – Opens Soon!
DATE: Sunday, January 30, 2022
PLACE: North Shore Park, Downtown
6:00 a.m. – Walkers’ early start
6:30 a.m. – Marathon, Halfathon, lOK
7:00 a.m. – 5K Race/Walk
We are in the planning stage for our packet pickup locations, dates and times for the St. Petersburg Distance Classic, with packet pickups in St. Pete and in Tampa for our local runners’ convenience. We will also have packet pickup on race morning, but we encourage you to pick up during the week to avoid long lines.
DIRECTIONS: The start/finish line at North Shore Park is easily accessible at St. Petersburg’s waterfront, just north of the Viney 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.
City officials have requested us to encourage our athletes to park at the Sundial Parking lot, located at 117 2nd Street North for a flat fee of $5.00.
Welcome to St. Pete!
Join us for our 4th Annual St. Petersburg Distance Classic, on Florida’s west coast overlooking Tampa Bay. With a certified Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, plus a Virtual option, we offer a course and distance for everyone.
ALL four race courses start out exactly the same for the first l miles – heading north into Snell Isle. While 5K participants return towards the finish line, all other participants will head north and around Coffee Pot Bayou before returning bock towards North Shore Port.
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 found anywhere. Watch for an abundance of huge murals on Central Avenue’s building walls as St. Petersburg is truly a well know haven for artists of all types.
At Mile 10, the Halfathon and Marathon courses split at the Pinellas Trail, with the half marathon participants heading east back towards the waterfront, and the marathon runners heading west to achieve their marathon mileage, before returning to tne waterfront finish line.
The St. Petersburg Marathon was 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 2020 and beyond.
For our out-of-town athletes, our awardwinning, white-sand beaches provide the perfect setting to relax. Ideal average temperatures (56° – 71 °) make this an ideal spot for a mid-winter vocation wrapped around a long-distance run or walk.
Finally, for athletes unable to join us on-site, we offer three vinual options: marathon, half marathon and 5K. Visit our Virtual Run 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…