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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register on race day?

Sorry, no. There will be no race day registration. Online registration is available here.
Registration closes Thursday, Dec. 9 at 11:59 p.m.

What is the race refund policy?

Early entrants who register by September 12, 2021 are eligible for refunds of entry fees or deferral to another upcoming race – athlete’s choice. To receive a refund, deferral, or credit, you must register by September 12, 2021 for the Florida Holiday Halfathon & 10K and notify the race director by email (not Facebook) at least 3 weeks before the race or by November 21, 2021.  This date is when we order your personalized bib and start preparing your packet.

There are no refunds due to cancellations due to an Act of God, such as weather. No deferral or transfer is available if you do not show up for the race. All refunds will be issued after the last race of the series (Shamrock Distance Classic), on or about April 1, 2022.

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.

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.
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?

There will be limited packet pickup for out-of-state registrants, or last minute registrants who missed the mailing deadline. There is no race morning registration.

Packet pickup for out-of-state and/or last minute registrants will be at Madeira Beach City Hall, by the large staircase, starting at 6:00 a.m. 

Click here for packet pickup 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.

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: UPDATED 12/1: 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

UPDATED 12/1: 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. We encourage you to  wear a mask on the bus.

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

Fresh Florida oranges are available at the mile 6 aid station.

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, munchies and beverages. Per our COVID protocol, all food will be individually wrapped and self-served. 

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

Awards will be mailed out after the race.

 

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.

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 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.

4) Through our races, we provide exposure to other fundraising events via Facebook post, emails, and our goody bags.

5) 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.

6) 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 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 2021-22 Season

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

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Fort De Soto Park

Florida Halloween Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Fort De Soto Park

Florida Holiday Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K & Virtual
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Madeira Beach to Largo (Taylor Park)

St. Petersburg Distance Classic:
Marathon, Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Downtown St. Pete

Florida Shamrock Distance Classic
Halfathon, 10K, 5K & Virtual
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Fort De Soto Park