About The Race
We invite you to join the 17th Annual Florida Holiday Halfathon & Relay, our point-to-point course, which is fast, flat, scenic and aesthetically varied: just one small bridge (Park Boulevard Bridge, four miles into the course) and two overpasses, with the rest of the course 10 – 25 feet above sea level.
- Pinellas County’s oldest half marathon created in 2002
- Pinellas County’s most popular half marathon – 1,105 finishers last year
- Pinellas County’s only point-to-point half marathon
In 2016 we added the 2-person relay to our Holiday Halfathon. The relay allows athletes not up for the half marathon distance an opportunity to participate in Pinellas County’s most popular half marathon and earn the gorgeous holiday halfathon finisher medal.
“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
We have been monitoring the weather all week for Sunday. The current forecast is for a wet and breezy morning, with thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. The good news is that winds are expected to come out of the southwest, meaning tailwinds for much of the course.
• WE WILL RUN IN THE RAIN!
• WE WILL NOT START THE RACE IF LIGHTNING IS NEARBY!
IF WE MAKE ANY CHANGES TO OUR SCHEDULED START TIME, WE WILL:
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DATE: Sunday, December 9, 2018
PLACE: Madeira Beach, Florida
START TIME (WEATHER DEPENDENT):
Walkers Early Start: 7:05AM
Wheelchair Half Marathon: 7:30AM
Runners Half Marathon: 7:35AM
PACKET PICKUP There will be 3 packet pickups the week before the race at Fit2Run in St. Pete and Tampa, and on race morning at Madeira Beach City Hall (race site). See the packet pickup schedule here.
THE COURSE The half marathon course is accurately measured and USATF certified, starting in Madeira Beach, heading north on Gulf Boulevard through exclusive residential and commercial communities to Indian Shores, before heading inland to Seminole, north along the smoothly paved Pinellas Trail into shaded and scenic Taylor Park, to the lakefront finish line, the perfect place to relax, recover, listen to live music, eat our homemade hot food, and enjoy some ice-cold beverages.
Afterwards, free shuttle buses will return you to your vehicle near the start line.
The Challenge & Triple Crown
Take the Florida Halfathon Challenge by completing all our half marathons in our 2018-19 race season and earn a beautiful Challenge finisher’s medal, choose your personalized bib number for all races, and save with some great discounts! Can’t make all the races in person? Virtual option is also available.
Join us at our 2018-19 events
St. Petersburg Distance Classic
Feb. 10, 2019
Downtown St. Pete