Due to an ongoing legal dispute, we are very disappointed to announce that we will NOT be staging the Clearwater Distance Classic in January, 2020.
Instead of the Clearwater Distance Classic, please join us for the 2ND ANNUAL ST. PETERSBURG DISTANCE CLASSIC. With a Marathon, Halfathon, 10K, and 5K Race/Walk, we invite athletes of all abilities to run these gorgeous courses on Florida’s west coast beautiful waterfront. All races start before sunrise, adding to the natural beauty overlooking Tampa Bay. All courses are accurately measured and USATF certified, which means our marathon course is a Boston Qualifier. In our first year, about 5% of our finishers ran qualifying times.
For our friends up north, “February in Florida” can’t be beat for a winter vacation, especially in St. Petersburg with its abundance of museums, galleries, and nightlife. St. Petersburg is just minutes from some of the finest beaches in the world.
As a local race director with 20+ years experience and the only race director to ever create a full marathon in Pinellas County, I am honored to showcase my city of 30 years. The St. Petersburg Distance Classic features the best race courses I have ever created. They include a tour of our exclusive waterfront residential areas, our downtown waterfront, our dynamic and diverse downtown, along with mileage on the secluded, mostly-flat Pinellas Trail – a crown jewel popular with local endurance athletes.
But don’t just take my word for it. Here are some runner reviews:
“What a satisfying experience! The highlights: the stunning sunrise at Coffee Pot Bayou, Central Avenue totally taken by runners, the massive Pinellas Trail challenge with two big overpasses and moments of solitude that required mental strength, seeing all the leaders of the 5K, 10K, Half and Marathon. All stressing the jewel that city is. Plenty of aid stations with awesome volunteers, all corners closed by a battalion of police officers, easy to follow course, superb design of medals and shirts.” – Marcia Sussman
“My favorite half marathon course! Fantastic race and bad ass medal. You and Rya outdid yourselves once again. Thank you for putting on the best races!” – Mitzy Ake
“Beautiful course and very well-organized from packet pick-up to post-race celebration. The volunteers and law enforcement were nice and helpful. I even encountered several friendly locals as I walked back to my car who didn’t hesitate to say congratulations when they saw my medal. It’s always a top-notch experience to be part of one of your races and I look forward to running in another one soon.” – Lisa Kagan