Coachman Park on Clearwater's waterfront
All courses tour through downtown Clearwater, over the Clearwater Bridge and the Clearwater Causeway. 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.
Our Marathon course starts at Coachman Park on Clearwater's waterfront, heads 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. 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. Turning north, athletes enjoy the absence of motorized vehicles on the Trail 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.
The first marathon was staged on January 23, 2000 and attracted 635 entrants from 30 states and 4 countries. It was very well received, and in the second year, participation grew to 1,529 athletes from 44 states and 14 countries, an increase of 140%!.
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