Registration

Can I register on race day?

Yes. Registration is at the race site at Fort De Soto from 5:30 a.m. – 6:45 a.m.

Do you take credit cards on race day?

Yes.

What is the race refund policy?

Early entrants who register by December 18, 2017 are eligible for complete refunds of entry fees or deferral to another upcoming race – athlete’s choice. There are no refunds, transfers or credits, unless you register by December 18, 2017, AND notify the race director by email (not Facebook) of your withdrawal at least THREE weeks prior to the race or February 18, 2018. This is when we order your personalized bib and chip, and start preparing your packet.There are no refunds due to cancellations due to an Act of God, such as weather. No deferral or transfer is available if you do not show up for the race. For online registrations, your refund will be issued to your credit card within 7 days, based on Active.com‘s billing cycle. Mail-in registration by check will be refunded after the Florida Beach Halfathon, on or about April 1, 2018.

For online registrations, your refund will be issued to the credit card you registered with within 7 days, based on Active.com‘s billing cycle. Mail-in registration by check will be refunded after the Florida Beach Halfathon, on or about April 1, 2018.

Can I transfer my bib to another runner?

No. You may not give or sell your bib to another individual. The other individual will not be covered by USATF race insurance if there should be an injury. The other individual’s results may compromise scoring as they may be in a different age bracket than yourself. They will be disqualified. You and the other individual will be prohibited from running in our races for 3 years.

How do Canadians and international runners register?

Canadians may register online or by printing the entry form, with check payable in U.S. Dollars. All other international participants MUST register online using a major credit card. International participants requiring invitations to secure visas must request letter by September 1. You must include in your request your full mailing address as well as the address of the U.S. Consulate in your area. Letters of invitation will be sent by mail only.

Is there online confirmation?

Athletes who register online receive immediate confirmation from Active.com. Mail-in registrations also get auto-confirmation once the information is entered into the system.

Online confirmation is also available at Active.com’s registration page, right below the banner, where it says “SEARCH PARTICIPANTS.” If you signed up for the Challenge, your name will not appear in the individual race’s search. Please search on the Challenge/Triple Crown page at Active.com.

What do I do if I cannot find my registration?

Email us info@FLRoadRaces.com. In the subject line please put “Missing Registration.” Be sure to include your first and last name that you registered under (maiden name, etc.).

Packet Pickup

Are there packet pickups before the race?

Yes. There are 4-5 packet pickups before the race. Click here for schedule.

Can someone else pick up my race packet?

If someone else picks up your race packet for you, they MUST have a copy of your confirmation sheet.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes, there will be packet pickup at the race site from 5:30 – 6:45 a.m. Please come early so you have plenty of time to prepare for the start of the race.

Directions and Parking

How do I get to Fort De Soto?

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.

Is there parking?

There is ample free parking at North Beach in Ft. De Soto Park.

Do we have to pay the $5 parking fee?

No. We have paid for you. Just drive right past the pay booth.

The Courses

Are the courses certified?

Yes. The 5K and Half marathon courses are accurately measured and certified by the USATF. To view the course maps click here.

Are the 5K and Half Marathons loop courses?

Yes, both races start and finish at Ft. De Soto Park’s North Beach. The courses are extremely flat — parking lots, access roads, and paved recreational trails — an out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park. View the 5K and Halfathon course maps.

Is there a time limit?

We require that runners and walkers be properly prepared and trained to finish the Halfathon within 4 hours (18 minute/mile pace). Please note that 4 hours after the start, course support ((i.e. aid/water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is not guaranteed.

Due to our staging of this race entirely within a park and primarily on nature trails, we will NOT be offering an early walker’s start. All athletes will start at the same time in their respective races.

When is the start time?

7:00 a.m. – Wheelchairs start
7:05 a.m. – Florida Beach Halfathon Start
7:22 a.m. – Florida Beach 5K Race Start

Are strollers, dogs or bicycles allowed on the course during the race?

No strollers, dogs or bicycles are allowed. Due to insurance restrictions and liability concerns, only runners, joggers and walkers are allowed.

Will you have aid stations and portalets on the course?

There are 7 aid stations with water and Gatordade starting at about mile 2.2. Fresh Florida oranges will be available starting at aid station #2 (mile 4.5). There is a combination of permanent facilities and portalets available along the courses. View maps of 5K and Halfathon aid stations and facilities.

Is there medical support?

Medical support is available from ambulances stationed at mile 2, mile 7, and at the finish line. If you need medical assistance, the ambulances will be mobile and able to respond.

The Extras

Will there be food at the finish line?

Yes, we have a fabulous post-race party including pasta, breakfast pastries, fruit, munchies and beer. There is live music for your entertainment.

Will there be massage therapy at the race?

Yes, licensed sports massage therapists will have a tent set up and will provide massages in 10 minute increments at $12 per 10 minutes. Premium Bodywork by Jess, Commonhealth Massage, and In Touch by Karen Sallade are the therapists available at this race.

Will you have a photographer?

Yes, FREE photos will be available for download from Gameface Media a few days after the race.You will receive an email when your photos are available.

Where can I find race results?

Results will be posted at Cool Running a few hours after the race.

I have a question about my finishing time. Whom can I contact?

For timing and scoring questions please e-mail Chief Scorer Tony Randall.

Awards

When is the award ceremony and where is it held?

The awards ceremony starts around 8:45 a.m. at the post-race party area. Santa will be making his annual appearance.

What are the awards and age group breakdowns?

All Halfathon finishers receive a Holiday edition of our unique gold running starfish medals.

  • Age Group Awards – 3 deep in standard 5 year age groups
  • Overall Male & Female Awards – 3 deep
  • Masters (40+) Male & Female Awards – 3 deep
  • Grandmasters (50+) Male & Female Awards – 3 deep

Virtual Run

Is there a virtual run for this race?

Yes. Please go the Virtual Runs page for information.

Volunteers

I would like to volunteer. How can I do this?

Thank you for your inquiry! Come be a part of the support system for your running community, and the out of towners who join us. Your time, energy and support are invaluable to all of us! Please go to the Volunteers page to sign up.

What is the Volunteer Fundraising Opportunity?

In an effort to give back to our community, we invite small groups to adopt an aid station during each of our races. Any non-profit group of eight volunteers will receive a post-race donation of $200. This is a fun way for running clubs, youth athletic teams, school groups, and other charities to participate in our community events while earning funds for your organization.

If your group would like to participate, please register NOW! These are offered on a first-come basis and may fill up quickly.

Charities

What charities are you affiliated with?

Florida Road Races is a family-owned and operated business, with most of the revenue covering expenses, and hopefully some profit so we may continue to operate. Earning our living in this sport allows us to give back to our community in a variety of ways:

1) Unlike some other singular-cause events like “Komen Race for the Cure” where all the proceeds go to one non-profit, we donate cash to a number of local, micro non-profits such as running clubs, youth athletic teams, etc. that support our races with their volunteers.

2) We offer direct support to athletes in financial need through our Entry Fee Assistance program. We also invite local elite athletes to participate so they can continue to improve.

3) We encourage small non-profits to use our Clearwater 5K Walkathon as a fundraiser. In a nutshell, any non-profit that registers with us and recruits athletes to participate in the walk, receives $20 of the $30 entry fee. We have all the infrastructure, permits, etc. in place. All a non-profit needs to do is recruit its supporters.

4) We often provide comp entries as raffle items for auctions at churches, schools, fundraisers, etc., and we donate modest amounts of cash when our athletes are raising funds for their pet projects.

5) Through our races, we provide exposure to other fundraising events via Facebook post, emails, and our goody bags.

6) Our biggest area of charitable endeavor is to provide our race management services, equipment and time, pro bono or partial pro-bono, to non-profits that stage races. In prior years, we did this for the Partners For Life Police Appreciation Run. Recently, we helped the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation increase participation by 50% for its One Step Closer to the Cure 5K / 10K / 1 Miler. On September 27, we are helping a fellow race director stage her Sunrise Run. We also offer our time or equipment when applicable, such as volunteering at Gasparilla and the St. Pete Road Runners 5K Beach Series.

7) The absolute most satisfying charitable endeavor last season was to create and stage the “Tampa Bay for Boston Memorial Run.” Just about 3 weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, we hosted 800 athletes in St. Pete for a candlelight vigil and memorial run, raising $15,000 for the victims through The One Fund Boston.

As you can see, we LOVE being a part of the Tampa Bay running community and thoroughly enjoy being in a position where we can help in so many diverse ways.

We don’t think we’ll ever have a hospital wing named after us, but we take great joy in helping people on a more direct, personal level.

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“Kudos to your race director – congratulations on an excellent race. Obviously there was much planning and preparation.I have completed 21 marathons in the past 4 years; this is the first time I have participated in your run. It is one of the best yet! Thanks for all your hard work!”

Our 2017-18 Season

Florida Halfathon Challenge
(4 Halfathon Series)
Fort De Soto Triple Crown
(3 Race Series at Fort De Soto)
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Fort De Soto Park
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Fort De Soto Park
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Clearwater
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Fort De Soto Park