We're happy to have you run the 2017 Classic! - Here's some helpful information for you...
Packet Pick-up Schedule
Packet pick-up is at the Race Expo in the Sirata's Conference Center on the 2nd floor. It is open 11 AM to 7 PM Friday the 13th and 6 AM to 5 PM Saturday the 14th - There is no race-day pick-up on Sunday! You should bring a copy of your email confirmation, but an ID will work if you forget it.
You can pick up for a friend if you bring a copy of their confirmation as well.
Items you'll receive at Packet Pick-UpYour race packet will include your bib number with timing chip attached - safety pins will be available for you to take if you want them. DO NOT FOLD or otherwise mangle your chip when you pin it on or it will not work! Race numbers should be worn on the front of your body, upright so the photographer can identify you and the chip will work properly.
If you purchased a VIP parking pass you will pick that up along with your race bib.
You will then receive your runner's "Goodie Bag" and your T-shirt. You will be given the shirt you selected when you registered, depending on availability you may be able to exchange it if you want a different size.Before you exit the expo, look for the St. Pete Road Runners booth (to the right of registration), there you can deposit one of your bib tear tags in the raffle box for the post race party of your event, that way you won't have to worry about it at the party!
Race Day Details
The race weekend schedule can be found here. Note that the time of the 10K is 7 AM to avoid interference with the Kids Dashes and 5K start.
St. Pete Beach is a narrow, barrier island and parking is at a premium. We have received approval to use the following parking areas by the local owners:
- Selene restaurant in the 4900 block block of Gulf Blvd (East side)
- Business lots 200 block of Corey Ave. (North side)
Look for white "Race Parking" signs out front.
VIP parking is in the race operations lot just South of the finish chute. Enter through the chute before 6:15 AM each race day. The chute will be closed at that time in preparation for the start. Re-opening of the chute will occur following completion of the morning's races at approximately 11 AM.
Suggested public parking areas are as follows:
- County park - 4800 block of Gulf Blvd. across from Dolphin Village
- Upham Beach - 6700 block of Beach plaza
- Corey Ave. & Downtown SPB (200 to 400 block)
- Any side streets & metered spaces
Legal parking anywhere is OK and you should not be ticketed until 11 AM on either Saturday or Sunday, so park wherever you find a space or a meter. DO NOT PARK in Dolphin Village (Publix) (or shop there for that matter), they will tow you. Also, don't park next to a fire hydrant, blocking a driveway or on the race course (the latter primarily applies to Blind Pass Rd. from 74th Ave. to Gulf Blvd). Access will be difficult as race time approaches so please arrive early and car-pool if at all possible!!
It appears that this year the weather will be good, but a little on the warm side with both Saturday and Sunday predicted to be mostly sunny with lows in the mid-60's, highs near 80 -- BUT, keep an eye on it, our weather can change quickly!!
Baggage check will be available and is located directly behind the finish line in the long tent. Use your Goodie Bag and a tear tag from your bib number to identify your stuff (writing your name, address and phone on the tag would help too). We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items so don't put any valuables or your car keys in there!! The check operation will be closed down shortly after the race is finished so be prompt and don't leave without your stuff. This service will also be available for the Saturday night beach fun run.
The therapists from the Florida State Massage Therapy Association will be on hand again this year to provide massage after your race. The first 5 minutes are free (the Classic is buying), there will be a $12 charge for each additional 10 minutes so bring a few bucks and pamper yourself -- you've earned it!
For your safety and security be aware that many of the roads are not closed, so stay in lanes coned off for runners and be alert at all times for an errant vehicle that might have strayed onto the course.
The significant construction in the half-marathon course at about 1.5 miles (just past the Don CeSar). You will run through temporary pavement and possibly dirt/gravel. You will also pass through that same section just before 7 miles. Be very careful with your foot placement so you don't trip!! The half-marathon also passes over a short, narrow bridge into and off of the Vina del Mar neighborhood just past 4 miles and at 6 miles. The bridge will be coned off to give traffic a single lane in the middle. Run with the cones to your left going onto and off of the island -- do not run in the middle where the cars will be!!
Support on the Course
There will be water stops about every 1.5 miles on each of the courses. On the Half-marathon every other stop will have Gatorade as well as water. Gatorade will be available at the venue for all races. Course marshals will be at each turn with directional signs and at intersecting streets to assist in getting any vehicles across the course safely. Sheriff's deputies will control all major intersections and EMS will be available if necessary. EMS can treat you on course and/or transport you to the closest hospital - they are not allowed to take you anywhere else - like your car for instance!
Permits required from the DOT to close the roads mandate that we begin returning traffic to normal at 10 AM both Saturday and Sunday. That gives 5K participants one hour and Half-marathon participants three hours to complete their event. If you are still on the course at that point you will be asked to move to the sidewalk for safety reasons. The finish area along with timing and finishers medals will remain open longer since it is located in the Sirata south parking lot.
Gun Time or Chip Time
Per USAT&F rules, the Overall winners, including Masters, will be determined by gun time. Age group awards will be determined by chip time, however, a larger than appropriate difference between the two for any one individual may cause revision of their results.
Awards will be given out 5 deep in each of 16, 5-year age groups (male and female) in each of the three competitive events. Duo and Marathon Challenge awards will go to only the winners of the age group based on fastest combined time. Each award winner will receive a "zipper pull" to attach to their finisher's medal as well as a functional award. Only Challenge competitors will be timed for the beach fun run and that time added to their times for the other three events to determine their "marathon" finishing time.
Race photos will be taken by BB Action Photography and will be available a few days after the event. A link will be posted on the race website: www.stpetebeachclassic.com.
Post Race Party
Participants will have access to various fluids (Gatoraid, water, soda, beer...) and food after their event. This is for the athletes only -- not for family and friends! Please be courteous to your fellow athletes, particularly those who have not yet finished, and don't overload your plate on your first pass through the buffet. Once everyone has been able to eat, we will allow athletes and families to take more if there is food remaining. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
That's all from us, see you this weekend!