St. Pete’s most scenic races return this weekend with three days of St. Pete Run Fest

St. Pete’s most scenic races return this weekend with three days of St. Pete Run Fest

Runners finishing at St. Pete Run Fest
Photo courtesy St. Pete Run Fest

Runners, on your marks. St. Pete Run Fest is back November 11-13 in the Sunshine City. The three-day festival includes half a dozen different races and a deep well of activities even beyond the running.

There are four main events happening over the course of the weekend, including the Regenexx St. Pete Half Marathon, the Rollin’ Oats Tropical 10K, the Outback Steakhouse Pier Run 5K, and the Woodie’s Wash Shack Kid’s Race. And to make the weekend even healthier for the city, St. Pete Run Fest is an ocean-friendly event with no single-use plastics anywhere.

Plus, a portion of proceeds from every mile run by an individual will go to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, which helps care for and feed the needy in our city. Registration for St. Pete Run Fest races can be found here.

A band performing
Photo courtesy St. Pete Run Fest

In addition to the runs themselves, there will be an expo on Friday and Saturday at The Mahaffey Theater Plaza and post-run parties on Saturday and Sunday, plus the Rollin’ Oats Wellness Market and Café, live music, and lots of local craft beer. With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, there’s a perfect race for any age or level.

Pick your favorite race, or go for all three

While all of the runs include scenic waterfront views, the distances and courses vary greatly, and runners may be tempted to add a second (or third) race to their itinerary to take it all in. St. Pete Run Fest has shared descriptions for them all, with each course taking runners on a unique tour of St. Pete.

For the Regenexx St. Pete Half Marathon, “Your run starts on Bayshore Drive next to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum, overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay. From there head up 1st Avenue South past the USFSP campus. Then take a tour through the Grand Central District, EDGE District, The Deuces, and Warehouse Arts District as you head back on Central Avenue, with its unique shops and restaurants.

“Once back on the scenic waterfront, run through the historic Old Northeast and Snell Isle neighborhoods, before a photo finish on Bayshore Drive next to the Mahaffey Theater Plaza.”

For the Rollin’ Oats Tropical 10K, “Your run starts on Bayshore Drive next to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum, overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay. From there head downtown onto Central Avenue, with its unique shops and restaurants, then back to the waterfront, featuring a run on the spectacular St Pete Pier, before finishing on Bayshore Drive in front of the Mahaffey Theater.

Kids awaiting the start signal at a race
Photo courtesy St. Pete Run Fest

And of course, the Outback Steakhouse Pier Run 5K takes place on the award-winning St. Pete Pier.

“Known as the ‘Sunshine City,’ St. Pete holds the Guinness record for most consecutive sunny days – 768 to be exact. Join in the Run Fest weekend on Saturday with a 3.1 mile run/walk along St. Pete’s beautiful waterfront, including the spectacular St Pete Pier. Set a PR on this flat and fast course, or run/walk just for fun with your family and friends.”

And finally, three kids runs on Saturday take the little ones along Bayshore Boulevard, running through the St. Pete Run Fest finish line at The Mahaffey.

Full course maps can be found at stpeterunfest.org, where interested runners can register for events.

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