Fun Starts In


Run a full marathon over the course of a weekend

Test your power and endurance + a little fun along the way!

In 2013, the St. Pete Beach Classic Weekend added a 3.8 mile beach fun run to the weekend’s growing schedule of events! This addition created a new race and a new competition too. The Classic Marathon Challenge gives you the chance to run a full marathon on race weekend.

Please note that in order to be entered for the Classic Marathon Challenge, you must register for the Classic Marathon Challenge specifically, NOT by registering for the individual races that comprise the event.  

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


Here’s the math
+ 6.2 mile(10K) Race
+ 3.1 mile (5K) Race
+ 3.8 Mile Beach Race
+ 13.1 Mile Half-Marathon

$112 – 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

7:00 AM


(including Duo participants and Sheldon Blake Marathon Challenge participants)

9:00 AM


(including Duo participants and Marathon Challenge participants)

10:30 AM


11:00 AM

Packet Pickup Closes till 4:00 PM

4:00 PM

Race Registration and Packet Pickup Open

5:00 PM

Packet Pickup/Late Registration Closes

5:00 PM


(Including Classic Marathon Challenge participants)

6:00 PM

Concert & Party @ Rum Runners with Big Brother Band

7:00 PM

Beach Bonfire on beach behind Rum Runners

Jan 14

Packet Pickup/Race Day Registration Opens

Sunday, January 14, 2024 | 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

6:45 AM


8:30 AM


10:00 AM

Maddie Zolfo Half-Marathon Course Closes

10:00 AM



  • 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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