Second annual St. Pete Run Fest coming Nov. 16-18
After a highly successful first year with more than 3,500 runners participating, the St. Pete Run Fest is headed full speed into 2018 with the second annual downtown event.
“All ‘major’ cities, it seems, have a community-inspired road race: Boston, New York, Austin – even our Tampa Bay neighbor has Gasparilla,” said Ryan Jordan, who co-founded St. Pete Run Fest with his brother Keith.
Taking place Nov. 16 – 18, the 2018 St. Pete Run Fest will host a variety of running events. Anyone from ages 1 to 91 can find something to do, from the Lil’ Shrimp Dash for the toddlers to the 3 Daughters St. Pete Half Marathon. For those who can’t make the entire, officuial 13.1 miles, the festival will also host the Rollin’ Oats Trop 10k,as well as the Outback Steakhouse Sunshine City 5k.
“When we decided to start this, we all agreed that we wanted to create a celebration of St. Pete,” said Jordan, “including the world’s greatest running event, that would make a positive difference in our community.” The Jordans kept their promise, and they teamed up with local charity organizations including St. Pete Free Clinic; they’ve also placed serious emphasis on making their race sustainable and with zero waste – arming runners with reusable bottles.
A two-day expo will bring in a whole host of local vendors Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17 at the Mahaffey Theater plaza. To cap it all off, a post-run party will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Athlete Village at Albert Whitted Park.
Check out your race options and routes below:
3 Daughters St. Pete Half Marathon
Beginning at the Dali Museum, this 13.1 mile course runs along the St. Petersburg waterfront and through each of the main districts – the Grand Central district, EDGE District, and Warehouse Arts District – as well as the iconic St. Pete neighborhoods of Snell Isle and Old Northeast. This race kicks off at 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
At 6.2 miles, it takes runners from the Dali Museum down to 1st Avenue South, by Tropicana Field, through the Warehouse Arts District and back through Central Avenue’s charming and muraled streets. The course will then move through Old Northeast and wind down to the finish line at the Mahaffey Theater. The gun goes off at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
Outback Steakhouse Sunshine City 5k
This 3.1 mile course takes runners through the famed waterfront park system of St. Petersburg. Beginning at the Dali Museum, the course moves up North Shore Drive, right along the shoreline of Tampa Bay and into the Old Northeast neighborhood. At 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
Three events are held for kids up to 13 years old – two Lil’ Shrimp Fun Runs and the PeliKids One Miler. The Lil’ Shrimp Fun Runs will be a .05k run for ages 1-2 and a .1k run for ages 3-4, and the One Miler for the rest of the kids (ages 5-13) takes them down the beautiful St. Pete waterfront. There is also a PeliKids Marathon Challenge to go along with the One Miler run – kids can build a running log up to 25.2 miles so they can complete their marathon-length achievement with the final mile of the race. These kick off on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m.
For more information and registration, visit the St. Pete Run Fest website at https://stpeterunfest.org. Early Bird registration prices will be discounted until the end of Friday, Aug. 31.