St. Petersburg’s Premier Running Event, 2009 Bay to Bay 12K, 5K and Fun Runs- March 13th – March 15th
Get a head start on spring in March! Enjoy the lively vibes of St. Petersburg, Florida, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Sunshine State. Here is your chance to experience classic 12K and 5K races that have been part of St. Petersburg history for nearly 30 years.
Posted Thursday, 8 January, 2009
The Bay to Bay Race just keeps getting better and better! The race has grown steadily over the past several years under the watchful expertise of Wendy and Al Johnson of Motion Sports Management. For twenty nine years, this local favorite has been a signature running event. Runners come for the great course, ideal weather and location and a ton of fun. A unique cross-town 12K race, the Bay to Bay also boasts a 5K race and fitness walk, kid’s races, the Bayfront Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Expo (new this year). And it has become famous for its fantastic post race party—the unique breakfast buffet. Both the 12K and 5K events are chip timed and run on courses certified by USA Track and Field.
Run toward the Rising Sun
Races don’t get much more unique than the Bay to Bay 12K and 5K. There are not that many 12K races in the southeast. What a terrific opportunity to add a new twist to your racing repertoire with this very doable 7.44 miles. The exciting flat, fast course cuts straight across St. Petersburg from west to east. The 12K race starts at Park Street and First Avenue South (Sunset Park near South Pasadena) on the west side at Boca Ciega Bay. It heads east on a combination of First Avenue South and Central Avenue, zipping by Tropicana Field. The final mile includes a great tour of the waterfront along Bayshore Drive before turning east on First Avenue North past the Museum of History. It continues to the finish on the Tampa Bay Pier in downtown St. Petersburg.
Runners of all abilities will be beckoned by the racing options that are available with this classic event with 29 years of tradition. Take on the challenge of a sun-hued 12K course or simply enjoy the 5K Run/Fitness Walk. Kids can get in on the fun too with the 1 Mile Fun Run and Kids Dash. Both kid’s races start and end at the Pier.
It is no surprise that the St. Petersburg Bay to Bay race, with its fabulous location, excellent organization and amenities, as well as the unique course, draws some of the best runners from around the country. You will find yourself in good company as you race across St. Pete. All will enjoy the fantastic post race party on the pier; then simply hop on a shuttle to get back to either starting line.
Post Race celebration and Awards
The pier at the finish line in downtown St. Pete is the place for the most fun under the sun! Be sure to stick around with your family and friends for a terrific post race breakfast buffet that is brimming with unique features, wonderful food and beverages, live music from the Sound Wave, and a lively awards presentation. Come join the celebration and enjoy the festivities that make the Bay to Bay races so special and memorable. There will be plenty of awards, including unique custom designed trophies for the top five age group winners in each division. Get ready for prizes galore including door prizes, gift certificates, travel prizes and more.
Gulf Coast Adventure
You will agree that St. Petersburg is the ideal base for a memorable Gulf Coast adventure. It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all the sights and pleasures of that this sun-kissed region has to offer. Whether it is world class shopping, museums, deep sea fishing, golf, dolphin watching or art galleries and festivals – there is something here for every member of the family. Plan your great Florida escape now and spring will truly be right around the corner.
The Bayfront Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Expo
The Bayfront Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Expo is a two day event located at the Bayfront Medical Center. The fun gets underway on Friday, March 13th from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Various activities focused on health and fitness will be available during this event, including massage and fitness demonstrations. Participants in the expo will also get a look at the latest sports products to help runners continue to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Don’t miss this exciting and informative event for the whole family.
Late registration and packet pick-up are available all during the expo hours. (If necessary, registration will even be available on race morning from 5:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at both starting lines.) But don’t wait until the last minute to register. Online registration is available. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a great Bay to Bay T- shirt. Please go to www.runbaytobay.com for information and complete details.
Twenty- nine Years Running Strong
For twenty nine years, runners have been racing across St. Pete. Experience for yourself the excitement and thrill that keeps this race going year after year. This is one racing memory that you won’t soon forget. Come for the outstanding one-of-a-kind course, perfect weather and excellent value of a Florida weekend getaway. Simply enjoy!
The Bay to Bay is very proud that race proceeds benefit Tampa Bay area youth running programs.