With four competitive races, a non-competitive, untimed 5K walkathon, and three options for virtual athletes, during a winter weekend in sunny Florida, we invite athletes of all abilities to join us in celebrating a healthy, active lifestyle.
In 2013 we were thrilled to relaunch our Clearwater Marathon
, previously the Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon, after a seven-year hiatus initially due to road construction on Gulf Boulevard. This will be the only marathon staged on Florida's west central coast this season and will use the same basic course as previous years. The course is accurately measured, USATF certified #FL13013EBM, and therefore a Boston Qualifier.
We added the 50K Ultra in 2015 to provide our marathon runners a new challenge of ultramarathons. The 50K Ultra uses our 26.2 marathon course, with a 2.4 mile out-and-back extension starting at mile 16.5. Entirely asphalt-paved, except for the bridges, the varied course ascends Clearwater Bridge with spectacular views of the Gulf, followed by palm-tree lined Clearwater Causeway, and barrier-island flat Sand Key. Gulf Boulevard leads our runners through beach neighborhoods towards peaceful Pinellas Trail, which takes you back to the finish line at Coachman Park.
Our Clearwater Halfathon
and our Clearwater 5-Miler
challenge athletes with multiple bridge ascents, but also reward them with spectacular views from each bridge's summit. Both courses are entirely within 1/4 mile of Clearwater Harbor and/or the Gulf of Mexico.
We are also staging our Clearwater 5K Walkathon
, created for those folks who want to celebrate their healthy, active lifestyles while also encouraging those who made better health one of their New Year Resolutions. Our goal is to provide a circled date on everyone's new calendar to come together in the spirit of good health.
All these events start and finish at Coachman Park on Clearwater's waterfront, an easily accessible venue with ample, nearby parking – an ideal location to bask in the winter sun while celebrating your athletic achievement with friends, family, food, beverages and live entertainment.
For our out-of-town athletes, our award-winning, white-sand beaches provide the perfect setting to relax. Ideal average temperatures (50° - 71°) make this a perfect spot for a mid-winter vacation wrapped around a long-distance run or walk.
Finally, for athletes unable to join us on-site, we offer three virtual options: marathon, half marathon and 5-Miler. In a nutshell, virtual athletes register to participate wherever they are located anywhere in the world, run their preferred distance during the allowed time frame, report their finishing time, and later receive a finisher medal in the mail. Entry fees cover the cost of bibs, medals, and shipping, with the balance allocated to local non-profit organizations. Visit our Virtual Runs
Clearwater Marathon: The marathon from heaven. Visit my blog Part I, Part II, and Part III (dates 2/20/14, 3/10/14, and 4/9/14). After the marathon from hell last year, my sister actually prayed these words: let this be a marathon from heaven for Bria and Alyssa. Her prayer was answered! And I got my PR: 5:35:30 (a 25-minute improvement from my other marathons). This was the most wonderful marathon I've ever done. I actually felt good the whole time. That was a new and amazing experience. There were more than enough water stations, which made such a difference. The weather was perfect. The scenery was gorgeous. Alyssa and I talked the whole time. I'd recommend this race to anyone.
- Bria Burton
This was my first half-marathon and my Ironman cousin from Texas came out to run it with me! We had such a great time! I'm a short-distance triathlete, so I wanted a beautiful, well-organized first 13.1 and this was definitely that! Loved the scenic course (I used that to sell her on coming out here) as it constantly reminded me what I love about living in Florida! Bridges were challenging, but provided beauty and inspiration with the views! All in all, just a great day! Thanks again for the wonderful organization and communication from registration through post-race results! You guys are really a fabulous event group! We do triathlons throughout the year and have done many races – both my cousin and myself commented on how well this was organized and staffed! Thanks again.
- Sara Jo Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, FL
The Clearwater 5-miler was in all honesty, one of the best races that I have ever participated in. The event itself was very well-organized, the turnout was amazing, and the course was beautiful. I loved running by the water. The announcer did a fabulous job cheering everyone on as they crossed the finish line. The food and beverages provided were greatly appreciated! Thank you for making this one of my best races ever. I will definitely be running in it again next year. Scratch that. I will be running the halfathon next year! :)
- Megan Infantino, Riverview, FL
Thank you for a fantastic race this morning! It was one of my favorite half marathons I have ever run. The only thing that could have made it better was to not have that head wind on mile 13 as I climbed the bridge! Thank you again for an incredible racing experience.
- Jacki Wachtel, New Port Richey, FL
Thank you again for a beautiful, well-run race!!!! The Clearwater 1/2 Marathon remains at the top of my list as Florida's number one 1/2 marathon! I'll be back again next year!!!
- Carol Nicholas, Lecanto, FL
Our Upcoming Races:
7th Annual Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5K Race
Saturday, October 31, 2015 * Ft. De Soto Park
14th Annual Florida Holiday Halfathon
Sunday, December 13, 2015 * Madeira Beach to Largo
17th Annual Clearwater Distance Classic
50K Ultra, Marathon, Halfathon, 5-Miler, 5K Walkathon
Sunday, January 17, 2016 * Clearwater
7th Annual Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K Race
Sunday, March 20, 2016 * Ft. De Soto Park
Registration opens in March 2015.
For additional information for any of our events, please visit www.FloridaRoadRaces.com
All our races are located on Florida's west coast near Tampa Bay. With our award-winning, white sandy beaches, we are known as "Florida's Beach" – the perfect spot to recover after running our races.
Photo by Leah Lauber