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Clearwater Distance Classic

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon - 50km

About Clearwater Distance Classic

As a top year-round destination, Clearwater offers a seemingly endless supply of entertainment, natural beauty, and outdoor activities both on land and at sea. No one can afford to miss this ultimate destination, ideally situated on Florida’s stunning West Coast and offering something for every visitor. Caressed by tranquil Gulf breezes, its beaches offer miles of sugar-white sand, crystal clear waters and are consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful. This makes it the ideal venue for the annual Clearwater Distance Classic 50K Ultra Race.

In 2015 the organizers added the Clearwater 50K Ultra to provide an excellent introduction for marathon runners seeking to enter the world of ultramarathons, as well as a potential PR course for those more experienced ultra athletes. The runner-friendly course is entirely asphalt-paved, except for a handful of bridges and overpasses. It is visually varied and mostly flat, except for two 75′ bridges (mile 1 and mile 4), a 25′ bridge (mile 14), and seven 25′ overpasses. The trade-off, these high vantage points offer wonderful views of the coastal lifestyle. The 50K Ultra offers the perfect combination of a scenic course, ideal weather, and for your recovery, award-winning Clearwater Beach, featuring our area’s famous white sand and the mild waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re seeking a mid-winter break and considering an escape to the south to run an ultra, Clearwater is a great choice.

Practicalities

Accommodation

Lodging available at the Quality Beach Resort.

After Race Services

Post Race Pasta Party. Replenish with our delicious pasta and meatballs (vegetarian option available), beer, breakfast foods and fruits. Enjoy live music and vendors selling their wares.

Aid Stations

Gatorade and water at numerous aid stations along the course. Athletes who feel they will need additional hydration than what we provide are welcome to make their own arrangements, such as carrying additional fluids or having friends meet them along the course. Fresh Florida Oranges will also be available. Medical support is available from ambulances stationed along the course, and at the finish line. If you need medical assistance, the ambulances will be mobile and able to respond.

Award Medals

Gold running starfish medals for all finishers. Age Group Awards – 3 deep in standard 5 year age groups. Overall Male / Female Awards – 3 deep. Masters (40+) Male / Female Awards – 3 deep. Grandmasters (50+) Male / Female Awards – 3 deep.

Equipment Storage

There is a designated area for bag drop off.

Maximum Time

7 hrs

Parking

There is ample parking located at Coachman Park and throughout downtown Clearwater.

Timing

Chip Timing

Clearwater Distance Classic Route Map

Clearwater Distance Classic Route Map

Start:

Coachman Park

Clearwater,us

Highlights

Clearwater Beach

Gulf of Mexico

Overview

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.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.