Each January since 2015, I've run races at the St. Pete Beach Classic. It's one of my favorite local events because it has a race for everyone. I've raced the the Half, Classic Duo, and 10K.
If I ever run a marathon, it will be over 2 days at SPBC. This year, I ran the 10K on Saturday, then volunteered at the finish line on Sunday. It was an excellent way to ease back into running after my distracted holiday season.
2020 St Pete Beach Classic Weekend Schedule
The St. Pete Beach Classic offers a fun racecation on the Gulf of Mexico. You can come early, and stay late, since it's held on a holiday weekend. This year it was January 17-19.
Friday, Jan. 17, Noon to 6 PM
Race Expo, Registration, and Packet Pick Up. This pre-race day session was off-site this year. It usually takes place in the Sirata Resort Ballroom.
The expo included vendors along with opps to get deals on races, gear, and fuel. It was easy in and easy out for packet pickup. The views of the Innercoastal were good, too!
No worries if you can't go early — just pick up your race packet on site before each race.
Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 AM to 5 PM
Packet pickup and race day registration started at 6 AM at the Sirata Beach Resort.
Sunday, Jan. 19, 6 to 10:30 AM
6 to 6:30 AM: Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup
6:45 AM MADDIE ZOLFO HALF MARATHON
8:30 AM: Post Race Party Begins
10 AM: Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
I love the deep berry and bright blue colors for this year's race shirts. It's a lightweight tech material that I'll wear a lot. Because I volunteered, I scored a second shirt in a beautiful green color.
The goodie bags included 6 sample products. I'm a fan of Reef Safe, Shave Secret, and Fat Tire lip balm, so I was happy to see them in the backpack.
I'm eager to try the new products: Split Nutrition pack, Ekoa dried fruit bars, and Banana Bag drink. Love a race goodie bag that introduces me to new stuff!
If you're looking for a fun race on the beach in January, check out the St. Pete Beach Classic. Registration is open for next year's event on January 15-16-17, 2021
The event is perfect for a getaway weekend whether you're from Nebraska or Tampa!
Lots of Race Options at the SPB Classic
Here's the bling I brought home after running the 2019 St Pete Beach Classic Duo on Saturday, January 19th. The Duo includes a 10K race at 7 am followed by a 5K race at 9 am. There's time in between to chat and relax. Plus, there's a cute Kids Dash that's fun to watch before the 5K.
Other race options include a Saturday night 3.8 mile Beach Fun Run, and Sunday's half marathon. If you're up to the challenge, run every single race to earn the Marathon Challenge medal. That's 4 races in two days that total 26.2 miles.
Check out my complete SPB Classic review here. If you haven't tried this race, consider it. It's a fun getaway weekend whether you live near or far.
The races take place over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend each January. Next year's race dates are January 18 and 19, 2020.
Here are the St. Pete Beach Classic race medals runners can earn in a couple of weeks. This is one of my favorite race series. The races take place over MLKing Jr. weekend (January 19-20).
I ran the Waste Connections Duo Challenge last January. And, I'm happy to say I'm giving it another go this year. The challenge starts with the 10K, then the 5K. Run two races and go home with three medals.
I recommend the half marathon, too. It's a great street level view of this charming beach town. You see places you'd miss otherwise. The courses are flat and fast. The weather can be chilly, but it's been warm, too. The best part is finishing the race and walking a few steps to the beach.
You can still register to run or volunteer. Check stpetebeachclassic.com for all the details. There is more fun than just races. There's a beach bonfire and concert, too.
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Okay guys, here's number 3 of 3 of the St. Pete Beach Classic giveaways! Head on over to This Old Runner on Instagram and enter to win your choice of the Beach Run, 5K or 10K race on January 19, 2019. You have 24 hours to enter. 6 pm Wed. 12/12 through 6 pm. Thurs. 12/13/18.
Doesn't running a race in St. Pete Beach in January sound wonderful?! I think so. I'm running the 5K + 10K Duo Challenge again this year. I can't wait! This is one of my favorite local races.
Free Training Runs
Join like-minded runners for training runs on the Wednesday, Dec. 12, and 19 and Jan 2 and 9. Meet at the St. Pete Beach Community Center.
There's a gift certificate available if you win and want to give the entry as a gift to someone else. If you want to upgrade another race, use the free entry and pay the difference in registration fees.
For example: you can upgrade to a Half Marathon, the 5K + 10K Challenge, or the Full Marathon Challenge. If you upgrade to the Half you can enter the #Burg2Beach2Bayshore Challenge.
You can upgrade at packet pickup. Present your certificate and pay the difference in cost between the races.
The #SPBeachClassic Half Marathon is the second leg of the Burg to Beach to Bay Challenge. Visit https://stpetebeachclassic.com/ for more information on the 3-half marathon challenge.
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Challenge Yourself with 3 Local Half Marathons
Want a challenge that shows you the best sights around Tampa Bay? Here you go! It's the Inaugural Burg to Beach to Bayshore Challenge! Run a half marathon at each of these three awesome events to complete the Challenge.
How to: Burg to Beach to Bayshore Challenge
This Challenge is unique because it involves 3 different organizations. That means you must register for each separate half marathon. Pay special attention when signing up for the St Pete Beach Classic and Gasparilla Half Marathons.
Sign up early to get the best pricing. The St Pete Run Fest and St Pete Beach Classic races have price increases on November 1st. Gasparilla Distance Classic prices go up on January 12, 2019.
Better Hurry! The First Half is Nov. 18th
Here's Another Option: Enter to Win a St Pete Beach Classic 5K, 10K or Beach Race
Enter Giveaways on Instagram
I'm having 3 (YEP 3!) race giveaways for the St. Pete Beach Distance Classic. The giveaway prize is your choice of the 5K, 10K or Beach Run. The October giveaway will post late today (Oct. 24).
HOWEVER...if you want to run in the Burg to Beach to Bay Challenge, you can upgrade your free entry to the half by paying the difference in the registration fee.
Follow This Old Runner on Instagram so you can enter the giveaway contests. I'll give away an entry in October, another in November, and the last one in December. Hint: Race entries make excellent holiday gifts for your favorite runner!
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