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The Maddie Zolfo Half Marathon!

Join us for a half marathon on Sunday morning

The St. Pete Beach Classic added the half marathon in 2012, and it has quickly become the most popular event. The course is run entirely on paved roads and treats runners to a gorgeous sunrise and views of our beaches.

26.2 Miles for a Full Marathon!
Here in St. Pete Beach, FL, we run this distance spread
out over an entire weekend, with three post-race parties, a beach bonfire,
and a good night’s rest in the mix.
We call this event the Classic Marathon Challenge!!


Burg to Beach to Bayshore Challenge
This is the second race in the Burg to Beach to Bayshore Challenge, an event we have created in partnership with the St Pete Run Fest in November and the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic in February.

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$48 Through July 4th 2023


2022 Finishers Medals

Course Info

Run along the fast, flat streets of St. Pete Beach Florida.

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Event Schedule

The link below has a schedule of the weekend events.

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Jan 12

Expo, Registration & Pick up Packet

Friday January 12, 2024

St Pete Beach Community Center, Boca Ciega Room

7701 Boca Ciega Drive

St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

12:00 PM

Expo, Registration & Pick up Packet Opens

6:00 PM

Expo, Registration & Pick up Packet Closes

Jan 13

Packet Pickup / Race Day Registration Opens

Saturday, January 13, 2024 | 6:00 AM

11:00 AM

Packet Pickup Closes

4:00 PM

Packet Pickup Opens

5:00 PM

Packet Pickup Closes

Jan 14

Registration & Pick up Packet

Sunday , January 14, 2024 | 6:00 AM to 6:30 AM

6:45 AM

Maddie Zolfo Half-Marathon START

8:30 AM

Post-race Party starts

10:00 AM

Maddie Zolfo Half-Marathon course closes

10:00 AM



The Classic Half Marathon started in 2012 and was renamed as the Maddie Zolfo Half Marathon in 2017.

Maddie Zolfo, of neighboring Treasure Island, started running late in life, at 31 years old. By the time she was 45 years old, she had achieved status as an elite, long distance Masters runner. Among her many achievements, Maddie won the Sarasota Marathon, won the New York City Half Marathon, took 3rd place, age group, at the Boston Marathon, and took first place female, while establishing Master’s course records, at the Tallahassee 50 Miler and the Croom 50K. Maddie broke three hours at both the Gasparilla and Kiawah Marathons. 
Maddie passed away in July of 2016, at the age of 51 years old, and this race honors her passion and commitment to running, to her friends and to life.

This race offers participants of the St. Pete Beach Classic weekend a certified course that is truly a foot-tour of our island city!

  • Run by the beautiful shores of Pass-a-Grille beach
  • Tour the island neighborhood of Vina-del-Mar
  • Race on residential alley-ways of the South end of the City
  • Cruise past the beach resorts of Gulf Boulevard
  • Loop the North Beach Neighborhood
  • Glide through Upham Beach on the return to the finish at the Sirata.
  • USATF Certified Course Distance ( cert. #FL11077EBM)
  • A city tour in your running shoes!

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The Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center has been the home of the Classic Since 2008 and is proud to offer hotel room discount specials.

Book your room now! Call Toll free for reservations 855-344-5999.

To get the St. Pete Beach Classic Weekend special room rate, call toll free and identify yourself as part of the “SPB Classic 2024 Runners Group Block“. If you do not make your arrangements in this manner you will not be linked to the group and won’t get the special rate. Act quickly as once the group is filled the special discount will not be available! (note: at least one person in each guest room must be at least 21 years of age)

More about the Sirata

The Sirata is the focal point for the Classic’s activities: all the pre- and post-race parties, race-day registration and packet pick up, the beach party and bonfire – even the start and finish lines – are located at the resort!! 

The Sirata is truly the home of the Classic.

The City of St. Pete Beach is the essence of a small, beach community. Situated on a barrier island that forms Boca Ciega Bay with the mainland of St. Petersburg, its approximately 10,000 residents are understandably proud of their community! They have reason to be, as St. Pete Beach was designated the Sunset Capital of Florida, and named the 3 rd best family beach destination in the country by Parents Magazine!

A small island measuring about 5 miles long and less than a half-mile wide (at points much less!) residents are an active bunch, participating in civic groups and other organizations aimed at making life here full of fun activities and services that make it truly a tropical paradise! The St. Pete Beach Classic is the biggest event of the year for the City and involves virtually all of the local organizations and many of our businesses to make it happen – all to the benefit of various charities.

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