Palm trees, white sand beaches, clear blue water and plenty of flat terrain are on the horizon for runners at the seventh annual running of the Athleta Iron Girl Clearwater Women’s Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk, which added the 13.1-mile distance for the first time on the Iron Girl series of race events across the U.S. here on Florida’s Gulf Coast a few years back.
Part of a series of more than a dozen race events that got its start in 2004, the Iron Girl series features triathlons, 10Ks and 5K races from April through November as well as the Clearwater race, the series’ first half marathon event.
The series is designed to empower women to take charge of their fitness and offer a competitive outlet for women of all ages, including a team race for the 5K for mother-daughter teams.
Runners in the half marathon will follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes on the mainland in Coachman Park and heads out along the beach to Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach, and takes runners on a route that unfolds along the beachfront.
While runners won’t be running directly on the sand, organizers add, they’ll be close enough to see the beaches and the waves rolling in along the shore for much of the race.
More than 2,800 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon and the 5K race combined at the race’s 2016 running, including just over 1,000 runners in the half marathon alone.
The 13.1-mile race will feature a course limit time of 4 hours, which means you’ll need to keep a pace of just over 18 minutes per mile or faster.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along Florida’s Gulf coast, just north of Tampa Bay and roughly 20 miles northwest of St. Petersburg, Clearwater typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in the early spring. April has brought record temperatures here as low as 37 degrees (in 1987) and as high as 92 degrees (in 2000).
On race day (April 9), the average low is 60ºF and the average high is 81ºF.
- 2016 Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon Results
- 6:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:00 AM – 5K
- $75 – $125 for the half marathon
- $35 – $50 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in either the 5K or the half marathon at Clearwater’s 2017 Iron Girl race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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