15TH ANNUAL Clearwater Running Festival

Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 Mile, 5K, 10K, Other

Event Date

Sun, Jan 19, 2014

Address

Clearwater, FL

About This Activity

Welcome to our 15th Annual Clearwater Running Festival, which started with our Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon on January 23, 2000!

With varying distances and challenges, we invite athletes of all abilities to join us for a wonderful weekend of fitness events in sparkling Clearwater, Florida!

Our events consist of:
? Sunday, January 19: 8th Annual Clearwater Marathon
? Sunday, January 19: 9th Annual Clearwater Halfathon
? Sunday, January 19: 8th Annual Clearwater 5-Miler
? Sunday, January 19: 5th Annual Clearwater 5K Fitness Walk

We successfully relaunched our full marathon in 2013 after it being shelved for 7 years due to road construction on the course. The loop course starts in downtown Clearwater, heads west over to Clearwater Beach, south along the beaches to Indian Shores, east over Park Boulevard Bridge to the Pinellas Trail, north on the Trail back to Clearwater, 26.2 miles later.

Our halfathon and 5-Miler races feature out-and-back courses, which are mostly flat and aesthetically varied, while challenging, due to the courses passing over the majestic Clearwater Memorial Bridge twice.

Halfathon athletes also ascend the Sand Key Bridge twice - at mile 4 and at mile 9. The high point for each bridge is just 75 feet above sea level, with the rest of the course totally flat. The scenic courses, all of which are within 1/4 mile of Clearwater Bay or the Gulf of Mexico, are precisely measured and USATF certified.

All events officially start on Clearwater's waterfront at 7:05 am, heads south and east on the Cleveland Street, south on Osceola, and west over the majestic Clearwater Memorial Bridge to Clearwater Beach. Our 5-mile athletes turn back on Clearwater Beach, returning over the Clearwater Causeway to Coachman Park.

Our Halfathon athletes continue south on Clearwater Beach to and over the Sand Key Bridge into Sand Key Park, south to the Belleair Beach city limits, before returning back to Clearwater's downtown waterfront along the same route to the finish line adjacent to Coachman Park, the perfect place to relax and recover.

Our Clearwater 5K Fitness Walkathon was created to promote an active lifestyle and will be especially appealing to those who made New Year Resolutions to lead a more healthy lifestyle. It will be staged as a fundraiser, with nearly all proceeds from this non-competitive event earmarked for non-profit organizations.

Similar to our Clearwater races, the course will start at Clearwater's waterfront, and follow the same route towards Clearwater Beach. There will be a turn-around point marked on the Clearwater Causeway, directing walkers back over the bridge, through downtown, to our waterfront finish line.

8th Annual Clearwater Marathon
$65 online ONLY for the first 65 entrants or April 12, whichever comes first
$75 postmark/online until September 8
$90 postmark/online until December 8
$105 postmark/online until January 12
$105 online ONLY by January 16
$120 race week, on-site registration, January 18-19

8th Annual Clearwater Halfathon
$50 online ONLY for the first 50 entrants or April 12, whichever comes first
$60 postmark/online until September 8
$70 postmark/online until December 8
$80 postmark/online until January 12
$80 online ONLY by January 16
$90 race week, on-site registration, January 18-19

7th Annual Clearwater 5-Miler
$35 postmark/online by December 8
$40 postmark/online by January 13
$40 online ONLY by January 17
$45 race week, on-site registration, January 18-19

4th Annual Clearwater 5K Fitness Walk
$30 postmark/online until January 13
$30 online ONLY until January 17
$35 walk week, on-site registration, January 18-19

Clearwater 5-Miler VIRTUAL RUN: USA Address
$25 online until January 16, 2014

Clearwater 5-Miler VIRTUAL RUN: International Address
$30 online until January 16, 2014

Clearwater Halfathon VIRTUAL RUN: USA Address
$30 online until January 16, 2014

Clearwater Halfathon VIRTUAL RUN: International Address
$35 online until January 16, 2014

Clearwater Marathon VIRTUAL RUN: USA Address
$40 online until January 16, 2014

Clearwater Marathon VIRTUAL RUN: International Address
$45 online until January 16, 2014

UPGRADE FROM HALFATHON
If you have already registered for the Halfathon, you may upgrade at any time for just $25.

REFUND POLICY
Early entrants who register by September 19 are eligible for complete refunds of entry fees or deferral to another upcoming race - athlete's choice.

There are no refunds, transfers or credits, unless you register by September 19, AND notify the race director of your withdrawal at least two weeks prior to the race. There are NO transfers to other athletes. ALL refunds from ALL races will be issued at the same time - after our Florida Beach Halfathon on or about April 1, 2014.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Florida's weather in January can't be beat: average low is 51, average high is 71, perfect for long distance running and a mid-winter vacation on our award-winning beaches!

Since we started in January, 2000, our races have attracted athletes from nearly every state in the USA and about 20 different countries.

USATF SANCTIONED
All our races are sanctioned and insured through USATF for runners, joggers, and walkers ONLY. Strollers, skaters, skateboards and bicycles are NOT allowed on the course during our races.

HEADPHONES AND IPODS
Headphones of any type are now allowed at USATF sanctioned events, but are discouraged due to safety concerns, not only during the actual race, but as importantly, while athletes are training in an uncontrolled environment. Individual races may impose their own regulations, but we don?t, as it would be nearly impossible to enforce.

FITNESS WALKERS
Are welcome in all of our events and encouraged to participate. Walkers in our Marathon and Halfathon expecting to finish slower than a 15-minute per mile pace are required to start early each day at 6:35 am, allowing them to reach the finish line by the 10:05 am cut-off for the Halfathon or the 1:35 pm cut-off for the Marathon. This early start also allows our road restrictions to expire earlier, keeping residents and city officials happy with our event.

MARATHON AWARDS
All finishers in the marathon will earn unique, Running Starfish gold medals.

Custom plaques for M/F overall, masters (40+) and grandmasters (50+), three deep

Age group awards offered three deep in standard 5 year increments in each race.

HALFATHON AWARDS
All finishers in the halfathon will earn unique, Running Starfish gold medals.

Custom plaques for M/F overall, masters (40+) and grandmasters (50+), three deep

Age group awards offered three deep in standard 5 year increments in each race.

5 MILER AWARDS
All finishers in the 5-Miler will earn unique, Running Starfish gold medals.

Awards for M/F Overall, Masters (40+), and Grandmasters (50+) three deep.

Age group awards offered three deep in standard 5 year increments.

ATHLETES ENJOY
? Deep discounts on registration fees for early entrants - see below
? A fair refund policy for early entrants ? see below
? Accurately measured, USATF certified course
? Extremely safe courses with substantial traffic control including cones and police
? Accurate mile markers; Computerized timing / scoring
? Early start for our fitness walkers
? Multiple aid stations stocked with Gatorade, water, and friendly volunteers
? Fresh Florida oranges available after mile 4
? Running Starfish gold medals for all 5-miler, halfathon, and marathon finishers
? Awards for the top three in standard age groups
? 5-Miler Overall, Masters (40+) and Grandmasters (50+) plaques for the top three males and females
? Halfathon Overall, Masters (40+), and Grandmasters (50+) plaques for the top three males and females
? A complete web-site for easily accessible information:
- Course maps and photos - Race Records page for overall and all age groups
- On-line registration
- On-line confirmation frequently updated
? Regular e-mails, providing updated information
? Opportunity to pick up bib numbers on race day
? Colorful t-shirt highlighting the Clearwater theme
? Finish-line celebration in beautiful Coachman Park:
- An assortment of fruits, bagels, and pastries
- Freshly prepared homemade pasta
- Ice-cold beverages
- Live entertainment

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CLEARWATER 5-MILER, CLEARWATER HALFATHON, & CLEARWATER MARATHON VIRTUAL RUNS
We offer Virtual Run options during the weeks surrounding January 19th to coincide with the actual running of our races.

Net proceeds (after costs of bib, medal, shipping, administration) will be donated to several small local non-profits through our Starfish Support Foundation, including running clubs to assist with their scholarship efforts.

Here is how our Virtual Runs work:
1) Athletes register for $25 for our 5-Miler; $30 for our Halfathon; or $40 for our Marathon. International Athletes are charged an extra $5 to cover the cost of international shipping.

2) Athletes who register by 11:59 pm, Sunday, December 22, will have their ultra-personalized official bib number sent out via regular mail on Wednesday, January 8th. ALL entrants will have access to a secure page on our website for home printing. Entrants who register after Sunday, December 22 will NOT have an ultra-personalized bib sent by mail. We would LOVE it if you wear your bib number while you complete your virtual run and it would be even better if you have some photos taken and share them with us.

3) Athletes must complete a 5-miler, half marathon (13.1 miles) or a full marathon (26.2 miles) during the 16-day period from January 11 - 26. These time periods are extended for several reasons: 1) many of our virtual athletes live in areas where weather will create obstacles too severe to run safely; 2) athletes participating in other popular winter races, such as Disney or Miami, can "double-dip" - earning extra bling for the same run; 3) this time-frame offers achievable goals for beginners who have made New Year Resolutions - perhaps we can provide some added motivation.

4) For the purposes of the 5-Miler virtual run, you MUST complete your mileage in one of the three weekends - you can run one 5-Miler or split it up over the weekend.

5) For the purposes of the Halfathon and the Marathon Virtual Runs, you may complete your mileage in one run or you can split it up over the 16 days - your choice.

6) If the time spans seem too easy, please remember our goals are to promote a healthy, active lifestyle AND to raise $$$ for local non-profits.

7) Please share your results, experience and photos at our Facebook page. Your results will NOT be recorded as official results, nor will you be eligible for age group awards or rankings. It is not necessary to send us emails to report results, but you are certainly welcome to share your comments with us.

8) These virtual runs are staged completely on the honor system. By registering, we assume you will complete the mileage required. We will send you an official finisher medal from your event. These are gorgeous custom-made medals, along with custom ribbons.

9) If we have medals left over after distribution to finishers on-site at our races, we will be able to ship virtual run participants their medal within a week or so after the event.

10) However, if we run out of medals, we will need to order new ones and it will take 5-6 weeks, as they will be manufactured overseas to our specific order.

11) Medals will be sent to virtual runners in the order of registration. This means some of you may receive medals within 2 weeks of our race, while others may receive them in 5-6 weeks.

12) Regardless of how it all unfolds, we will send out emails right after the race advising our virtual athletes of when medals will be shipped.

Thank you for participating in our virtual run - it is very much appreciated by those non-profits we support.

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5TH ANNUAL FLORIDA HALFATHON CHALLENGE

In addition to offering finisher, overall, and age group awards after each halfathon and our marathon, we also track each athlete's finishing times and add them together to determine the Florida Halfathon Champions.

Athletes accumulate their total finishing time by completing any two of our halfathon segments, PLUS our season-ending finale at the Florida Beach Halfathon during our race season from Halloween through March. For the purposes in determining Florida Halfathon Champions, athletes can use either or both marathon segments completed during the Clearwater Marathon.

To recognize our fastest and most consistent halfathon athletes, we offer special overall and age-group rewards based on three halfathon segments. We also recognize athletes who complete all four of our halfathons (or the Clearwater Marathon instead of the Clearwater Halfathon) with a limited-edition, series finisher medal.

The Florida Gulf Beaches Road Races Schedule
Sunday, October 27: 5th Annual Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5K Race, Ft. De Soto Park
Sunday, December 15: 12th Annual Florida Holiday Halfathon, Madeira Beach to Largo
Sunday, January 19: 15th Annual Clearwater Running Festival: Marathon, Halfathon, 5-Miler, and 5K Fitness Walk
Sunday, March 23: 5th Annual Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K Race, Ft. De Soto Park
For information, please visit our website at: www.FloridaRoadRaces.com.

Our simple goal is to exceed your expectations.

Run on our roads, relax on our award-winning beaches!

Chris Lauber, Race Director
727 347-4440 Voicemail
FLRoadRaces@aol.com

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