Gulf of Mexico
Our 50K Ultramarathon uses our 26.2 mile marathon course, but with a 2.4 mile out-and-back extension starting at mile 16.5 to attain the 50K distance. The race starts at Coachman Park on Clearwater’s downtown waterfront, head through downtown to access the Clearwater Bridge, reaching the top at the 1-mile marker. It’s downhill from there along the perfectly manicured Clearwater Causeway to award-winning Clearwater Beach, heading south to the Sand Key Bridge, the top of which is at mile 4.
With a start shortly before sunrise, athletes enjoy the sunrise over Clearwater Bay, before descending onto barrier-island-flat Gulf Boulevard and into Sand Key Park to pick up some mileage, before returning to Gulf Boulevard for the next 9 miles, touring through exclusive residential and commercial gulf-front neighborhoods.
The course turns inland over Park Boulevard Bridge and takes an easterly route on rustic, tree-canopied Oakhurst Road to the Pinellas Trail, a paved, rails-to-trails linear park which spans the length of Pinellas County. At this point, mile 16.5, while the marathon runners head north, the 50K ultra course heads south on the Pinellas Trail for 2.4 miles and turns around to pick up the additional mileage needed to complete the 31-mile route. All along the Pinellas Trail, athletes enjoy the absence of motorized vehicles before reaching Clearwater and a short trek on S. Ft. Harrison before turning west into the very exclusive Harbor Oaks neighborhood.
The course heads west on the Clearwater Bridge approach for a short jaunt, exiting off to the double-helix ramp onto the bay level and the finish line just ahead back at Coachman Park. CONGRATULATIONS – You have finished our Clearwater 50K Ultramarathon.
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