Runners, on your marks. St. Pete Run Fest is back November 10-12 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 St. Pete Run Fest 10K, the Duke Clean Energy Connection St. Pete Run Fest 5K, and the Peli Kids Youth Runs. 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 to raise funds for their We Help FRESH Pantry and Mobile Pantry, which provides fresh, nutritious food to an average of 20,000 Pinellas County neighbors in need every month. Registration for all events can be found here.
In addition to the runs themselves, there will be an expo at The Mahaffey Theater Plaza on Friday and Saturday hosted by Sunshine 96.7, featuring food, drink, and 75+ local makers and vendors, with a focus on the latest in fitness technology, training trends, nutrition and sports apparel. There will also be post-run parties on Saturday and Sunday in the Athlete Village at Albert Whitted Park.
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.
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.”
Rollin’ Oats 10K: “Experience the heart of St. Pete with this 6.2 mile course through downtown, the scenic waterfront, and the spectacular St Pete Pier. 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.
Duke Clean Energy Connection 5K: “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.”
Peli Kids Youth Runs: 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. Events include: Lil’ Shrimp Fun Runs; PeliKids One Miler; PeliKids Marathon Challenge
Full course maps can be found at stpeterunfest.org, where interested runners can register for events.