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Trick or Treat!
Join us for a howling good time during our 8th Annual Halloween Halfathon & 5K Race at Fort De Soto Park, located near St. Petersburg on Florida's beautiful west coast at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

Tricks: Costumes Encouraged
Create unique costumes in the spirit of this festive holiday, but ones that will not adversely affect your performance. Or simply wear mismatched uniforms. Or orange and black.

Treats:  Best Costume Awards
Best Animal Costume

Funniest Costume

Most Creative Costume

Best Beauty - Princesses, Mermaids, Angels, etc.

Best Celebrity - Actors, Elvis, Singers, Politicians, etc.

Best Hero - Explorers, Firefighters, Military, Police, Superheroes, etc.

Best Villain - Thieves, Robbers, Pirates, etc.

Best Couple - Cowboy & Indian, Cop & Robber, Batman & Robin, etc.

Best Group - 3 or more similiarly costumed


Both our courses are located entirely in Ft. De Soto Park, starting and finishing adjacent to the park's North Beach, regularly recognized as one of the nation's best beaches. These races will be run on paved access roads and recreational trails.

They are extremely flat courses, with no bridges, overpasses, or discernible inclines. They are accurately measured and certified by the USATF.

Both races start the same, with a 5K loop that returns athletes to the start/finish area. Post-race party begins as the 5K athletes arrive, while the Halfathoners will continue on the 10-mile out-and-back tour of Ft. De Soto Park.

After you cross the finish line there is a fun post-race party including pasta, breakfast pastries, fruit, munchies and beer. There is live music for your entertainment.

Citing a "spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm clear water, and a laid-back atmosphere," TripAdvisory named Ft. De Soto Park America's Top Beach, based on their Popularity Index.

Ft. De Soto Park is regularly recognized on "best beach" lists. In 2005, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," named Ft. De Soto the nation's #1 Beach.

THE perfect place to race, party, and relax.

Come! Join us for tricks, treats and the beach!

"This was one of the most organized races I have ever participated in. From all of the pre-race updates, to the race, to the post race activities, everything was top notch. Thank you for a great experience."
- Ringo Breton, Lakeland

"Thank you for putting on such a great event. I am on vacation from the UK and have run many races there - this one was up with the best I have done. many thanks."
- Tony Chapman, Brackley, Great Britain

"Ft. De Soto Park was a stunning venue for the race. I liked the fact that costumes were encouraged – I think sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. I look forward to the January half-marathon as well as to participating in future Halloween Half-marathons."
- Bob "Santa Claus" Petersen, Columbia, SC

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Our 2016-2017 Season:

2nd Annual Ft. De Soto 15K and 5K
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016    *   Ft. De Soto Park
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8th Annual Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5K Race
Sunday, October 30, 2016    *   Ft. De Soto Park
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15th Annual Florida Holiday Halfathon
Sunday, December 11, 2016    *   Madeira Beach to Largo
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18th Annual Clearwater Distance Classic
50K Ultra, Marathon, Halfathon, 5-Miler, 5K Walkathon
Sunday, January 22, 2017    *   Clearwater
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8th Annual Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K Race
Sunday, March 12, 2017    *   Ft. De Soto Park
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For additional information for any of our events, please visit

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. Visit

Florida Halloween Halfathon Medal

Take the Florida Halfathon Challenge by completing all 4 Halfathons in our 2016-17 race season and earn a beautiful Challenge medal.

Earn the Triple Crown medal by completing all 3 Ft. De Soto races, any distance (5K, 15K, Half).

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Take the Challenge, Earn the Triple Crown

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Our 2016-17 Season

Registration Opens
April 1, 2016

Ft. De Soto
15K and 5K

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
Ft. De Soto Park

Florida Halloween Half
& 5K Race

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
Ft. De Soto Park

Florida Holiday Half
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
Madeira Beach to Largo

Clearwater Distance Classic, 50K Ultra, Marathon, Halfathon,
5-Miler, 5K Walkathon

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

Florida Beach Half
& 5K Race

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Ft. De Soto Park