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Clearwater Running Festival

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon

About Clearwater Running Festival

Come enjoy central Florida’s only marathon on the Gulf coast that offers the perfect combination of a scenic course, ideal weather, and award-winning beaches for your recovery. You will love our visually varied, mostly flat, scenic and certified course.

Afterwards, you’ll be able to relax and recover on 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, Clearwater is a great choice. C’mon down!

The course is accurately measured, USATF certified #FL13013EBM, and therefore a Boston Qualifier. We use computerized chip timing, but official results will be based on “Gun Time” as per USATF rules.

Distances

5-Miler

  • 8.0467km

5K

  • 5km

Marathon

  • 42.195km

Ultra Marathon

  • 50km

Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Half Marathon Relay

  • 21.1km
Start:

Coachman Park on Clearwater's waterfront

Clearwater,us

Difficulty

flat

Highlights

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.

Overview

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.


Clearwater Running Festival Trivia

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%!.

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.