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Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5K
Start Date: 10-31-2015
3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715
Set for its 7th annual running along the long, white-sand beaches of Fort de Soto Park, which lies just a short drive from downtown St. Petersburg along Florida’s Gulf coast, the Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5K will be very familiar to anyone who’s run in the annual Florida Beach Halfathon in March, as they’re run on exactly the same course.
The race — which saw just over 1,500 runners cross the finish line in both races combined in 2014, including more than 890 finishers in the half marathon alone — follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the part of the park known as North Beach, near the northwestern end of the boomerang- or V-shaped island.
From there, the course heads first onto the park roadways and trails through the forested areas around North Beach.
After runners make their way through the first three miles of the course and head back toward the starting area, the race then makes a left turn and heads south. The next stretch unfolds all the way down to the southernmost end of the island and turns left again, to head out to its easternmost point.
Throughout most of this very flat and fast out-and-back stretch, runners will have views of the white-sand beaches and the ocean on either side of the road.
Runners will finish the race back at North Beach — and because the race will be run on roads where there is minimal car traffic, there is no course time limit for the race. In order to avoid the warmest weather of the day (and the brightest sunlight), the race will start shortly after 7:00 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along Tampa Bay on Florida’s Gulf coast, Tierra Verde typically sees October temperatures that average between 70°F and 83°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.6 inches for the month, making October one of its driest months of the year.
On race day (Oct. 31), the average low is 67ºF and the average high is 80ºF.
- 2014 Florida Halloween Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Florida Halloween Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Florida Halloween Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Florida Halloween Half Marathon Results
- $80 for the half marathon, until September 20
- $90 between Sept. 21 – October 24
- $100 on race day