Race Information


Directions

Address: 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, Florida.

Get driving directions from Google Maps.

From Clearwater (north): South on Seminole Boulevard to Bay Pines, west over causeway to Madeira Beach, turn right on Madeira Way, first right onto Municipal Drive, to Madeira Beach City Hall.

From St. Petersburg (south): West on Tyrone Boulevard onto Bay Pines, continue west over causeway to Madeira Beach, turn right on Madeira Way, first right onto Municipal Drive, to Madeira Beach City Hall.

From Tampa (east): I-275 south to Park Boulevard (Gandy exit), west to Seminole Boulevard, south to Bay Pines, west over causeway to Madeira Beach, turn right on Madeira Way, first right onto Municipal Drive, to Madeira Beach City Hall.

Start Line Parking

There are several options for parking near the start line.

Free parking is available:
* Behind City Hall
* In the Library Parking Lot, next to City Hall
* Adjacent to the Baseball Fields
Metered parking is available at Archibald Park.

Finish Line Parking

There is parking available throughout Taylor Park.

Free Shuttle Buses

Will operate from 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon, transporting finishers from the finish line back to the half marathon start.

Course Highlights

  • Start time is fifteen minutes after sunrise.
  • The course tours through exclusive residential neighborhoods and commercial areas on Gulf Boulevard.
  • Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is the longest “rails-to-trails” linear park in the country.
  • Taylor Park is a beautiful setting to finish the Florida Gulf Beaches Holiday Halfathon.
  • Click here for a “Mile by Mile” overview of the course.
  • Coming soon, please check back for our Spectators’ Guide to cheering on your favorite runner.

Half Marathon Course Time Limits

We require that runners and walkers be properly prepared and trained to finish the half marathon 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.

No Strollers, Bicycles, or Dogs

All our races are sanctioned and insured through USATF for runners, joggers, and walkers ONLY. Strollers, skaters, skateboards, bicycles, or dogs are NOT allowed on the course during our races.

USATF Certification

Both half marathon/relay courses have been precisely measured and documentation provided according to USATF requirements, certifying our courses as accurately measured.

Timing

All official results will be based on “Gun Time” as per USATF rules. Chip times will be posted for our athletes’ review, but NOT used for scoring.

Weather Info

Average Low – 52°
Average High – 72°
Average Monthly rainfall – 2.15″
Sunrise: 7:14 a.m.

Post-Race Pasta Party!

Celebrate your success at our super-fun post-race party. Replenish with our delicious pasta and meatballs (vegetarian option available), beer, breakfast foods and fruits. Enjoy live music while you mingle with other runners. Stay around for Santa’s awards ceremony in case you win in your age group. You just may receive another medal or trophy!

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“Florida Road Races have been the most memorable and amazing races I have run locally! Year after year I have participated in all of them and not once have I left feeling unaccomplished nor disappointed in the way these races are put together. I highly recommend them to any one as they welcome ALL Athletes, from Elite to Beginners. Rya and Chris are the Best Race Directors in the area – Come join them, you will not “run” away disappointed…I guarantee you that!!!”
– Pila Cadena

Our 2017-18 Season 

Florida Halfathon Challenge
(4 Half Marathon Series)
Fort De Soto Triple Crown
(3 Races Series at Fort De Soto)
No Virtual Option - all races must be run on site
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