Florida > Rock & Roll St. Pete Half Marathon
St. Petersburg, FL • Sunday, February 10, 2013 • Course Map • Series Calendar
Set for its second annual running in the late winter of 2013 through the streets of the city known simply as "St. Pete" to most Floridians, the all-new Rock & Roll St. Pete Half Marathon joins a lineup of more than 20 "Rock & Roll"-themed races that take place across the country each year -- and increasingly overseas, with the addition of a pair of new races in Spain and Scotland in 2012.
The race is set to take runners on a point-to-point route that starts near downtown St. Petersburg in front of Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. From there, runners will make their way through the downtown city streets, first all the way around the stadium and then onto Stadium Drive, 1st Avenue and Central Avenue, which runners will follow east from the turn for roughly two miles.
After reaching 3rd Street, runners will make a right and head south through the area where the University of South Florida lies, which educates nearly 4,000 students at its campus along the shoreline of Tampa Bay. A roughly mile-long stretch south down 4th Street is followed by a nearly two-mile-long stretch north along 3rd, which brings runners past Poynter Park and Albert Whitted Airport to the next stretch that begins the second half of the race, which unfolds mostly along the Tampa Bay waterfront.
Runners make their way north along the bay for the next few miles, heading up through Demens Landing Park, Vinoy Park and Barwood Park on their way to Coffee Pot Boulevard, where they'll make the left turn and head toward the Snell Isle Boulevard bridge. The course heads over the bridge and then back again, and then runners hit the home stretch out on North Shore Drive, all the way in to the finish line in North Shore Park.
Like all of the races in the Rock & Roll Marathon series, the Rock & Roll St. Pete Half Marathon will feature live bands playing music out on the course at stations spaced out roughly every other mile, with cheerleaders and spectators out cheering runners on throughout the race. The scheduled starting time for the race is TBD, and runners will have four hours to complete the race's 13.1 miles in order to be officially counted as a finisher.
As anyone who's from St. Petersburg will tell you, sunscreen, shades and a good protective hat will be a must at this race -- it's no accident that St. Petersburg is known as the "Sunshine City," with an average of about 360 sunny days each year.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along Florida's Gulf coast, near the southern end of the Tampa Bay peninsula and about 23 miles southwest of downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg typically sees February temperatures that average between 71°F and 55°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.8 inches for the month, making February one of the city's driest months of the year. On the day of the race (Feb. 10), the average high is 70°F and the average low is 55°F.
View the race route map for the Rock & Roll St. Pete Half Marathon
$85 for the half marathon, if registered between February 12 - October 31, 2012
$95 November 1 - December 31, 2012
$110 between January 1 - February 3, 2013
$150 at the race expo, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the late winter 2013 running of St. Petersburg's Rock & Roll St. Pete Half Marathon, register online at Raceit.com.
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