About The Race
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.
“Wow! Another awesome job by you and your support team. It’s my fourth year in a row, and the race just gets better every year. My friends and I race everywhere, but your race always sets the standard! Thanks again, and see you next year.”
– Jim Moore, Sarasota, FL
DATE: SUNDAY, March 12, 2017
PLACE: Ft. De Soto Park
START TIME (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!):
Wheelchair Half Marathon: 7:00AM
Florida Beach Halfathon: 7:05AM
Florida Beach 5K Race: 7:22AM
There will be packet pickups at Fit2Run in St. Pete and Tampa the weekend and weeknights before the race, as well as on race morning. See the packet pickup schedule here.
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.
The Challenge & Triple Crown
Take the Florida Halfathon Challenge by completing all 4 Halfathons in our 2017-18 race season and earn a beautiful Challenge finisher’s medal, choose your personalized bib number for all 4 races, and save with some great discounts! Can’t make all the races in person? Virtual option is also available.