About Florida Road Races

Can I register on race day?

Yes. Registration is at the race site at Coachman Park, Clearwater, starting at 5:30 a.m.

Do you take credit cards on race day?

Yes. Checks and cash also.

What is the race refund policy?

To receive a refund, deferral, or credit, you must register by October 21, 2017 for the Clearwater Distance Classic and notify the race director by email (not Facebook) at least 3 weeks before the race or by December 31, 2017. There are no refunds due to cancellations due to an Act of God, such as weather. 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, 2017.

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 have registered for the Challenge, please search under the Challenge Link, not the particular race’s link.

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, Parking, Bag Drop Off and Shuttle Buses

How do I get to the start line at Coachman Park, Clearwater?

The address is 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater, Florida, 33755. You can get driving directions from Google Maps.

Take State Road 60 west, which will eventually become Court Street. Just after passing through the intersection of Ft. Harrison, turn right onto Osceola. Enter the Coachman Park parking lot from the entrance between the Steinmart and the Clearwater Library. Proceed straight through the parking lot down the hill for closest parking. If you miss the turn onto Osceola and get onto the bridge, you’ve gone too far!

Is there parking?

There is ample free parking at Coachman Park, plus multiple lots in the downtown area. Click here for Clearwater downtown parking map.

Is there a Bag Drop Off?

Yes. We will have a designated area for bag drop off. This is strictly by the honor system. No wallets, cell phones, or other valuables should be put in the bags as we cannot be responsible for missing items.

The Courses

Is the Clearwater Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the course is accurately measured, USATF certified #FL13013EBM, and therefore a Boston Qualifier.

Are the courses certified?

Yes. All courses are accurately measured per USATF certification standards. Our Marathon is Boston Qaulifier. To view the course maps click here.

When is the start time?

6:35 a.m. Marathon and Halfathon Walkers early start
7:00 a.m. Wheelchair start
7:05 a.m. Start of 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Miler and 5K Walk

Timing?

Official results will be based on “gun time” as per USATF rules. We are using chip scoring for this race. Chips are attached to the back of your bib. Please do not remove them.

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

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

Will you have aid stations and portalets on the course?

50K Ultra Marathon: 20 hydration stations at about miles 2.8, 4.6, 5.6, 7.2, 9.9, 11.9, 13.8, 14.9, 16.9, 18.9, 20.9, 21.7, 23.5, 24.5, 25.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5, 29, 29.9

Marathon: 17 hydration stations at about miles 2.8, 4.6, 5.6, 7.2, 9.9, 11.9, 13.8, 14.9, 16.9, 18.7, 19.7, 20.7, 21.7, 22.7, 23.7, 24.2, and 25.1.

Halfathon: 7 hydration stations at about miles 2.8, 4.6, 6.1, 7.2, 9.1, 10.5, and 11.6.

5 Miler: One aid station at mile 3.5.

5K Fitness Walk: One station at about mile 1.5 – bottled water only

Athletes who deem our hydration plan insufficient are welcome to make other arrangements, such as fuel belts, and/or friends meeting you along the course.

All stations will be stocked with water first, then Gatorade. Fresh Florida oranges are available at various stations along the course. All aid stations will be supplied with Vaseline.

There are a combination of portalets and permanent facilities spread throughout the courses.

Is there medical support?

Dedicated standby ambulances will be stationed at Mile 2.1 and 7.2 and will move to the finish line once the last entrant has passed each post.

SAG vehicle?

Our SAG vehicle will pick up runners unable to finish and bring them to the finish line once the van fills up or after the last walker. The SAG Vehicle is not a taxi and will pick up runners after the field has passed each check-in post. Entrants are welcome to call family and friends to be picked up at your convenience.

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.

Walkers

Do I get a medal for the 5K Walkathon?

No. Since the 5K Walkathon is not a timed event, there are no medals.

Is the 5K Walkathon a timed event?

No, the 5K Walkathon is not a timed event, so there are no chips on the bibs. At the start, please line up at the back of the field behind the runners. Please note, since the 5K Walkathon is a non-competitive fundraiser, there are no medals to keep costs low. That allows us to allocate more funds to non-profit organizations.

Can I walk the other races?

Yes, walkers are encouraged to participate in all the Clearwater Distance Classic events! To read reviews from our walkers, and details about starting times, please click here.

Is there a time limit for walkers?

Marathon walkers expecting to finish slower than 6 1/2 hours (14:54 pace) and Halfathon walkers expecting to finish slower than 3 hours (13:45) will be REQUIRED to start early at 6:35 a.m., walking on the sidewalks until the field of runners pass by. Roads and intersections will NOT be closed until the lead runners pass.

Awards

When is the award ceremony and where is it held?

The awards ceremony is located at the races’ post-race party area. 8:45 a.m. Clearwater 5-Miler overall and age-group awards 9:30 a.m. Clearwater Halfathon overall awards 9:45 a.m. Clearwater Halfathon age-group awards 10:30 a.m. Clearwater Marathon overall awards 10:45 a.m. Clearwater Marathon age-group awards 11:30 a.m. Clearwater 50K Ultra overall awards 11:45 a.m. Clearwater 50K Ultra age-group awards

What are the awards and age group breakdowns?

All 50K Ultra, Marathon, Halfathon and 5-Miler finishers will receive 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

Hotel and Travel

Is there a host hotel?
For a list of nearby hotels with negotiated rates for runners, please visit our Travel page.

Sponsorship and Booth Space

How do I become a sponsor?

Please contact Rya Lauber for more information at Rya@FlRoadRaces.com or 727-347-4440

I'm interested in getting booth space at the race. How do I find out about this?

Please contact Rya Lauber for more information about booth space at Rya@FlRoadRaces.com.

Virtual Run

Is there a virtual run for this race?

Yes. Please go the Virtual Runs page for information.

How does the virtual run work?

Please visit our 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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We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, staging races in Clearwater, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.
“Thanks again for a well-run race! For me it is local, but it is worth traveling to. Florida is very pretty this time of year. The weather is unpredictable, but you will never run in snow 🙂 and you will rarely run in rain. There are lots of inexpensive local hotels and plenty to do in this area. The race staff is well-organized, the volunteers (and lots of them) are all very friendly and helpful. The race is relatively small so the pack breaks up within a mile and you can usually get a good time. The race has been well-supported. Today we had a lot of wind which made it a challenge, but that’s why we do this, right?”
– Tom Wells, St. Petersburg, FL

 

Our 2017-2018 Season

Florida Halfathon Challenge
(4 Halfathons)
Ft. De Soto Triple Crown
(3 races at Ft. De Soto)
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Fort De Soto Park
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Ft. De Soto Park
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)
Clearwater Distance Classic: 50K Ultra, Marathon, Halfathon, 5-Miler, 5K Walkathon
TBD
Clearwater
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Ft. De Soto Park