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The Maddie Zolfo Half Marathon

First introduced in 2012, the Classic half marathon is re-named 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!
  • Look at 2017’s medal (its second from the left)!
Finishers Medal

Course Info

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

Half Marathon Map

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Travel / Hotels

St. Pete Beach is one of the premier travel destinations in America. With beautiful beaches and top accommodations, St. Pete Beach is tropical paradise.

Come stay at the Sirata Beach Resort, our host hotel, and be located right in the heart of all the weekend’s activities!

Sirata Logo



St. Pete Beach is located close to Tampa International Airport (TPA) as well as St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

Area Info

Deemed the “Sunset Capital of Florida”, St. Pete Beach rings in the beautiful sunsets by gathering to ring a bell every evening at sunset.

With an average high of 69 oF in mid-January, it is easy to feel why this beautiful Gulf Coast area is an athlete’s paradise. Nestled on the Gulf Coast, St. Pete Beach has miles of beautiful white beaches. This destination offers a wide range of selections for accommodations which include luxury resorts, family owned hotels and quaint B&B’s.

St. Pete Beach has so many activities that there isn’t a reason to leave the island! Spend the day shopping the Corey Avenue District or Historic 8th Avenue in Pass-a-grille. Neighboring beach communities offer additional shopping experiences and are a short Beach Trolley ride away. Enjoy water sports like surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing and fishing. Take a dolphin sightseeing cruise or a sunset sail. Nearby attractions include museums and art galleries, such as the Salvador Dali Museum and Chihuly Glass Gallery. There are also natural attractions, such as the award winning Fort DeSoto Park.

Whether your style is to enjoy watersports, stretch out in the sun or investigate an old fort, we have it all!