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Florida Halloween Distance Classic

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Distance Half marathon

About Florida Halloween Distance Classic

Join us for a howling good time during our Annual Halloween Halfathon & 5K Race at Fort De Soto Park, located near St. Petersburg on Florida’s beautiful west coast at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Both races are staged entirely in Fort De Soto Park, recognized as one of the best beaches in the nation.

Costumes encouraged! Create unique costumes in the spirit of this festive holiday, but ones that will not adversely affect your performance. Or simply wear mismatched uniforms. Or orange and black.



  • 21.097km


  • 5km


  • 10km


Aid Stations

We offer Gatorade and water at 7 aid stations along the halfathon course, with the first one located just beyond mile 2, which will serve as the only aid station for the 5K. 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 at six aid stations starting at about mile 4.5. 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 ready to respond.

Award Medals

Halloween edition of our unique gold running starfish medals for all Halfathon 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.

Maximum Time

Since these races are being staged on recreational trails and access roads with minimal vehicular traffic, there is no course limit. Regardless of when you finish, we will be there awaiting your arrival.


Parking is free. There is ample parking at North Beach in Ft. De Soto Park.


All official results will be based on “Gun Time” as per USATF rules. Chip times will be posted for our athletes’ review, but NOT used for scoring.

Florida Halloween Distance Classic Route Map

Florida Halloween Distance Classic Route Map


Fort de Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park,us


Both races are staged entirely in Fort De Soto Park, recognized as one of the best beaches in the nation. The course features a loop for the first 3.1 miles of the race, bringing athletes back through the start line. The rest of the course is an extremely flat, out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park, mostly on paved recreational trails. With a start time about 40 minutes before sunrise to avoid warm weather, the first portion of the race will take place in the dawn. Sunrise should be directly ahead of our athletes before the turn-around at East Beach.

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.