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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register on race day?

Yes. Please arrive early to Madeira Beach City Hall.

Can I transfer my bib to another runner?

Sorry but no. You may not give or sell your bib to another individual. The other individual’s results may compromise scoring as they may be in a different age/gender bracket than yourself.The other individual will not be covered by USATF race insurance if there should be an injury. They will be disqualified.

What do I do if I cannot find my registration?
Email us [email protected]. 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 & Registration

Are there packet pickups before the race?
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.

If you are picking up for a group, it helps us tremendously if you have all the names written on a sheet of paper. This will expedite the process and keep the line moving. Extra points if they are in alphabetical order!

Directions and Parking

How do I get to the Halfathon start line at Madeira Beach?

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.
Is there parking at Madeira Beach City Hall?
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.

How do I get to the 10K start line at Seminole City Park?

0The 10K Start line is on Pinellas Trail next to:
Seminole City Park
7464 Ridge Road
Seminole 33772

Option 1: We encourage athletes to be dropped off at Seminole City Park prior to the race start, since there is NO PARKING at the start line. After dropping off, you may want to go to the finish line at Taylor Park and park there.

Option 2: There will be shuttle buses leaving Taylor Park to the 10k start line in Seminole City Park. 10K starts at 7:35 a.m.
Buses will leave TAYLOR PARK at 6:30, 6:45, 6:50 and 7:00 a.m.
Taylor Park is located at 1100 8th Ave. SW, Largo, 33770. Park opens at 6:15 a.m.

Shuttle Bus to 10K Start Line

We will have free Shuttle Buses at TAYLOR PARK to take you to the 10K Start Line at Seminole City Park. Taylor Park is located at 1100 8th Ave. SW, Largo, 33770. Park opens at 6:15 a.m.
Buses will leave at 6:30, 6:40, 6:50 and 7:00 a.m.

10K race starts at 7:35 a.m.

How do I get to the finish line at Taylor Park in Largo?

Taylor Park is located at:
1100 8th Ave. S.W., Largo FL 33770
Park opens at 6:15 a.m.

Get directions from Google Maps

Is there parking at Taylor Park?
Yes, there is plenty of parking throughout the park. Park opens at 6:15 a.m.
Will there be shuttle buses to take me back to the Halfathon start line at Madeira Beach City Hall?

Free shuttle buses will operate from 9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., transporting finishers from the finish line at Taylor Park back to Madeira Beach City Hall. 

Is there a bag drop-off?

Yes, at Madeira Beach City Hall, near the huge staircase. You will receive a label with your race number when we mail your bib. Use this on your bag for your non-valuable items (jacket, gloves, hats, etc.). The bags will be transported to the finish line at Taylor Park. No wallets, cell phones, or other valuables should be put in the bags as we cannot be responsible for missing items.

PLEASE SUPPLY YOUR OWN BAG.

The Courses

Are the courses certified?
Yes. The Holiday Halfathon and 10K course is accurately measured and certified by the USATF. To view the course maps click here.
Is the Florida Holiday Halfathon and 10K a point-to-point course?

Yes, our point-to-point Halfathon course starts at Madeira Beach City Hall and heads north through five, unique beach communities to Indian Shores, before heading inland to Seminole, and north along the Pinellas Trail to the lakefront finish line at Taylor Park.

The 10K course starts on the Pinellas Trail near Seminole City Hall and continues with the Halfathon course to the lakefront finish line at Taylor Park.

Is the course flat?
The course is fast and flat. The highest point (Park Boulevard Bridge, four miles into the course) is just 25 feet above sea level, with the rest of the course 10 – 25 feet above sea level.
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.

Walkers expecting to finish slower than 4 hours will be required to start 30 minutes earlier, at 6:35 am. This will give walkers adequate time to arrive at the finish line and will enable us to open the course to traffic earlier, which will keep residents and city officials happy.

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

All our races are sanctioned and insured through USATF for runners, joggers, and walkers ONLY. Runners and walkers are NOT permitted to bring dogs, strollers, skateboards, or bicycles during our races. Athletes should be aware that recreational trails used for a part of our courses are open to the public and athletes should use EXTREME CAUTION at all times.

Will you have aid stations and portalets on the course?

There are seven aid stations stocked with water and Gatorade:

#1 Aid Station: Mile 2.1 (Portalet)
#2 Aid Station: Mile 3.8
#3 Aid Station: Mile 4.9 (Portalet)
#4 Aid Station: MIle 6.9 (Public restroom)
#5 Aid Station: MIle 8.8 (Portalet)
#6 Aid Station: Mile 9.5
#7 Aid Station: Mile 11.8

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 post-race breakfast including pastries, fruit, hot pasta, cold beer and beverages. 

Where can I find race results?
Results will be posted at our Results Page a few hours after the race.

Awards

What are the awards and age group breakdowns?

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

  • Overall: Top 3 Male/Female
  • Masters (40+): Top 3 Male/Female
  • GrandMaster (50+): Champions only Male/Female
  • Age Group: Champions only – Standard 5-Year

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 or more volunteers will receive a post-race donation. Minimum age is 12. Run-oriented groups will receive comp entries to our upcoming races. 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. Please note that registering does not guarantee you a spot. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with your group assignment.

On behalf of our athletes, many thanks to all in the Tampa Bay community for all your continued support.

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We’re located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, staging races in St. Petersburg, Fort DeSoto Park, and Madeira Beach to Largo.

“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 2022-23 Season

Fort De Soto Distance Classic
15K, 10K, 5K & Virtual

Sunday, September 25, 2022
Fort De Soto Park

Florida Halloween Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Fort De Soto Park

Florida Holiday Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K & Virtual
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)

St. Petersburg Distance Classic:
Marathon, Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Downtown St. Pete

Florida Shamrock Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, March 4, 2023
Fort De Soto Park