Race Week Information
Thank you to the 1,500+ athletes who have already registered for our FIFTH Annual Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K Race. We are dedicated to doing everything we can to treat you like the super stars you are. OUR SIMPLE GOAL is to exceed your expectations.
HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET?
On-line registration closes at 11:59 pm Thursday, March 20
. SAVE $10 for the halfathon and $5 for the 5K race - get it done today:
On-line confirmation will be updated every few days as race day approaches. If you pre-registered, please verify all information here
TOP 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD JOIN US
1) Beautiful courses entirely within award-winning Ft. De Soto Park.
2) Totally flat courses with no hills, bridges, or discernible inclines.
3) Extremely safe, well-marked courses away from traffic.
4) Ideal average weather, with start line temps expected to be in the high 50s, with light winds, during the race.
5) Chip scoring on accurately measured, USATF-certified courses.
6) Gold starfish medals for ALL Halfathon and 5K finishers; Custom Overall and Age Group Awards
7) Post-race celebration with live music, homemade pasta, and awards celebration in a beautiful park setting.
8) We offer top-notch amenities, such as custom bibs, Zorrel tech shirts, and gorgeous finisher's bling.
9) Last chance to complete a local half marathon before a summer of warm temperatures in the Tampa Bay area.
10) Support local races - if you enjoy the races we stage, it's important to continue your support of them - we are right here in the Tampa Bay community all year, helping other race directors by promoting their events, supporting local causes, and serving as volunteers at select races. If you like what we do, keep showing up and spreading the word.
REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICK-UP
We recognize how difficult it can be for our out-of-town athletes to pick up their packets the day before the race, so we're coming to you. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Fit2Run, The Runner's Superstore
, to allow us to offer race week registration and packet pick-up at their St. Petersburg and Tampa stores. This will ensure a smooth race morning for ALL our athletes.
Saturday, March 15: Fit2Run, downtown St. Petersburg, 2 - 5 pm
Sunday, March 16: Fit2Run, International Plaza, Tampa, 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday, March 18: Fit2Run, downtown St. Petersburg, 5 - 7 pm
Wednesday, March 19: Fit2Run, International Plaza, Tampa, 5 - 7 pm
Saturday, March 22: Fit2Run, downtown St. Petersburg, 2 - 5 pm
Sunday, March 23: North Shore, Ft. De Soto Park, 5:30 - 7 am
Yes, you can pick up a friend's packet - it helps if you know that athlete's shirt size. Please bring your own photo ID.
On-site registration will be available during packet pick-up, so bring a friend or two. We accept credit cards, cash or checks.
Please pick up your packets or have your friends register prior to race day, to alleviate the morning crunch. We intend to start on time, so please plan accordingly
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Packet pickup/registration at North Beach, Ft. De Soto Park
7:00 a.m. Wheelchairs start
7:05 a.m. Florida Beach Halfathon Start
7:22 a.m. Florida Beach 5K Race Start
8:45 a.m. Florida Beach 5K Race overall and age group awards
9:45 a.m. Florida Beach Halfathon overall awards
10:00 a.m. Florida Beach Halfathon age group awards
10:30 a.m. FLORIDA HALFATHON CHALLENGE AWARDS
We are happy to offer one of the sport's most athlete-friendly refund policies for all our races, allowing early entrants who register by our announced deadline, to withdraw for any reason whatsoever and receive a full refund or deferral to a different race. However, part 2 of our refund policy (as posted at our website on the Race Week Info
page) is the requirement to notify us at least two weeks prior to the race entered. The deadline for this race was last Sunday night. This deadline is necessary so that we may provide our vendors with as accurate estimates as possible for all the operations contingent upon participation level, such as fluids, cups, food, medals, t-shirts, bib numbers, volunteers, etc. Refunds or deferrals are no longer available to anyone for this race.
Transfers to other athletes are not allowed at all at any time. Please do not make this request to us.
Bandits are NOT welcome to participate in our race at all. There is absolutely no reason to participate as a bandit as you will be stealing from the race organization, which must pay significant sums of money for traffic control, standby ambulances, timing companies, etc. This race does not have a cap, athletes don't need to qualify, there is no lottery, and registration is open on race morning. There is no reason to not be properly registered. If you believe the entry fees are unreasonable, simply register early next time. If you have run with us in multiple previous races and are having extreme financial difficulties and would like to request a one-time free entry, please send an email request
to the race director, with complete details of your financial hardship. Otherwise, please don't bandit this race (or any other) without being properly registered.
Fort De Soto Park is located at the southern end of Pinellas County and easily accessible from any direction.
From Interstate 275, watch for signs for the Bayway, which connects St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. Head west towards the beaches, turning south to Fort De Soto Park.
From the beaches, head south to St. Pete Beach, turning left at the Don CeSar Beach Resort onto the Bayway, turning south to Fort De Soto Park.
Once you reach Fort De Soto Park, turn right and follow the bend in the road to North Beach all the way at the road's end.
Map your trip through Mapquest.com
by entering "3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715."
All our races are sanctioned and insured through USATF for runners, joggers, and walkers ONLY. Strollers, skaters, skateboards and bicycles are NOT allowed on the course during our races. Headphones or ipods are allowed, but discouraged.
Our courses have been precisely measured and documented and are USATF certified.
START AND FINISH LINE
North Beach, Ft. De Soto Park
PARKING AND TOLLS AT FT. DE SOTO PARK
Parking and tolls will be pre-paid for your convenient entry into the park. You should still plan on arriving early. There is ample public parking at North Beach. As our course runs through portions of the parking lot, please observe the "No Parking" signs.
Seven aid stations spread throughout the course approximately at miles 2.3, 4.5, 6.2, 7.5, 8.8, 10.5 and 12.3. All stations will be stocked with water and Gatorade. Fresh Florida oranges are available starting at mile 4.5. All aid stations will be supplied with Vaseline.
Standby ambulances will be stationed at the start/finish line and at mile 6.7, each mobile and ready to roll as needed.
There are several shelters located immediately adjacent to our courses, with permanent facilities available. There will also be portalets located at various spots along the course.
The entire course is run on smooth asphalt, through parking lots and on access roads, but primarily on a recreational trail. While the entire course will be closed to vehicular traffic, allowing our athletes to run unimpeded, the trails will be open to other walkers and runners. Please use extreme caution at all times to avoid conflicts.
We ARE using chip scoring for this race. They are attached to your bib number - please do not remove them. As always, official results will be based on "gun time" as per USATF rules.
Running Starfish Gold Halfathon Medals for all finishers
Age Group Awards: 3 deep in standard 5 yr. age groups
Overall M/F Awards: 3 deep
Masters (40+) M/F Awards: 3 deep
Grand Masters (50+) M/F Awards: 3 deep
Results will be posted at www.CoolRunning.com
on Sunday afternoon.
Send us an e-mail
and tell us how your race went, what you liked, and how we can improve. Your feedback will help us grow into a great annual race!
THANKS FOR JOINING US!
Join us in celebrating the arrival of spring during our Florida Beach Halfathon
and 5K Race at Fort De Soto Park, located near St. Petersburg on Florida's beautiful
west coast at the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Both our courses are located entirely in Ft. De Soto Park, starting and finishing adjacent to the park's North Beach, regularly recognized as one of the nation's best beaches. These races will be run on paved access roads and recreational trails.
They are extremely flat courses, with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured and certified by the USATF.
Both races start the same, with a 5K loop that returns athletes to the start/finish area. Post-race party begins as the 5K athletes arrive, while the Halfathoners will continue on the 10-mile out-and-back tour of Ft. De Soto Park.
Finish line treats will include fresh fruit, hot pasta, cold Michelob Ultra, and live entertainment.
Citing a "spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm clear water, and a laid-back atmosphere," TripAdvisory named Ft. De Soto Park America's Top Beach, based on their Popularity Index.
Ft. De Soto Park is regularly recognized on "best beach" lists. In 2005, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," named Ft. De Soto the nation's #1 Beach.
THE perfect place to race, party, and relax.
Come. Join us in celebrating spring!
Sunday, October 26, 2014 * Ft. De Soto Park
Sunday, March 22, 2015 * Ft. De Soto Park
Registration opens April 1, 2014
All our races are located on Florida's west coast near Tampa Bay. With our award-winning, white sandy beaches, we are known as "Florida's Beach" – the perfect spot to recover after running our races. Visit