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The St. Pete Beach Classic 10K and 5K—Simply World Class, at One of the Most Beautiful Beach Resorts Anywhere
Run a January race along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and enjoy the hospitality; this is a terrific opportunity for a mini vacation where it’s sunny 360 days a year. Set for January 13, this event will get your New Years Resolutions off and running.

The St. Pete Beach Classic 10K and 5K—Simply World Class, at One of the Most Beautiful Beach Resorts Anywhere

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 27 November, 2006

You will not want to miss the St. Pete Beach Classic in one of the truly terrific vacation destinations of the world, St. Pete Beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. St. Pete Beach is a gem, with many lodging and restaurant options and fantastic sparkling white sand beaches with the effervescent surf off St. Pete Beach, a barrier island off the southern Pinellas Coast. Located near the major metro area of Tampa-St. Petersburg, with all that the region holds for culture, entertainment, shopping, sports, and tourist novelties; St. Pete Beach is truly an island of gorgeous sand, surf and hospitality. Quiet beaches invite morning runs along paths, or miles up and down the beach with beautiful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Broad, glistening, white sand stretches for miles, an inviting and relaxing locale if ever there was one.

Things will get underway at noon on Friday, January 12 with the opening of the Health and Fitness Expo, which will run until 6:00 p.m., followed by the beach party and bonfire at 7:00 p.m. right on the beach behind the Trade Winds Sandpiper Beach Resort—the host resort for the event--at 6000 Gulf Boulevard. The Trade Winds Sandpiper Resort is pre-race headquarters, and site of the start and finish of all races. Registration for latecomers and number/packet pickup will open again at 5:30 a.m. on race day with an 8:00 a.m. start time for both races. The Health and Fitness Expo will remain open until noon on race day.

The fourth annual St. Pete Beach Classic has it all, with the 10K and 5K, as well as a 5K walk this year. Add in a one-mile fun run and kids’ dash, and there is an option for everyone. They have great sponsorship, terrific organization, community backing, a generous prize structure, tremendous give-away prizes for drawings, a health and fitness expo with health screenings, a wealth of information, and samples, a Friday evening beach party and bonfire, and a variety of food and beverage offerings for an enjoyable and tasty post race party.

The St. Pete Beach Classic 10K is the 2007 RRCA Southern Region 10K Championship this year, with additional prizes for RRCA Champions in the open, masters, and grand masters categories.

And best of all, as with real estate, it is location, location, location—the ideal place for a comfortable, scenic, flat and fast course that is the envy of other races in the USA. It is a barrier island with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and hospitality resources to match.

Register on-line using the link below or from the race Website, and there are significant savings if you sign up for the St. Pete Beach Classic and the Bay to Bay 5K or 12K coming March 18, 2007. Be sure to register in November or December for significant savings over late registration.

Your Course
The average elevation on the island is 6 feet MSL, and the course does not vary from that much at all. The 10K is essentially a counter clockwise loop heading north from the start at 6000 Gulf Boulevard to Blind Pass Road. The course heads north along Blind Pass with a left on 93rd Avenue, then heads south along Gulf Boulevard. What a tour, with a few turns to include Sunset Way and Beach Plaza, the course continues south on Gulf Boulevard to Dolphin Village before turning north on Gulf back to the Trade Winds Sandpiper Resort.

The 5K is the first half of the 10K, but without the out and back on Gulf Boulevard to the south.
Beautiful Beaches are always to the west, and the myriad of piers and boats to the east side of the island.

Very Rewarding
Just being in St. Pete Beach is a terrific reward in itself, and add to that a scenic and comfortable course. And additionally everyone will get a beautifully designed long sleeve T-shirt. However, the race management also is tremendously generous with awards for performance, with beautiful, unique framed Bill Castleman watercolor prints designed specifically for this event. They will be given to the top three females and top three males, plus the top masters; and also to the top five in each age division—and the divisions are five year increments to 75 plus for both races! What amenities!

Check the race Website for results from last year.

Post Race Party and Entertainment
There will be a terrific post race party and awards ceremony hosted by Cody’s Original Roadhouse, with a variety of delectable food offerings from the many restaurants in the area, as well as beverages to quench a running and party thirst. There will be live music to entertain, both during the race and at the post race party. And you will have a good chance of winning some great door prizes, including valuable gift certificates from some of their very generous sponsors. So don’t leave early, as tempting as it is so you can see more and more of the region.

Health and Fitness—and Training
Please allow some time to visit the Health and Fitness Expo and you will find it very worthwhile. The address for the Expo is 7701 Boca Ceiga Drive, St. Pete Beach. This event is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and prevention, and the many screenings will be very helpful in that regard. Additionally, there will be a variety of health and fitness and gear vendors, and many products to sample.


This is your opportunity for a mini (or not so mini) vacation in one of the most beautiful of beach resorts.


There is a training program for beginning runners beginning now in the St. Pete Beach area. Check out the race Website for information on this eight-week walking and running training program offered by experienced runners and fitness instructors. All ages and abilities are welcome to join.

Organization and Charities
This wonderful series of events is brought to the running community by Beach Charities, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for local charities, and Motion Sports Management. It is also brought to you by the entire community of the beautiful resort of St. Pete Beach. Charities benefiting from the race include the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, dedicated to those in need of health care in the community
so that they too may live a healthy lifestyle. Assistance is provided in many forms, including food, medical care, financial assistance, medications, clothing, shelter, and necessary referrals.

In addition, scholarships are offered through the St. Pete Beach Recreation Division so that area young people who cannot afford it may join and take advantage of many of the recreation programs offered to enhance the quality of life for all.

For additional information on the race or the organization, go to, or call the race hotline at (727) 367-RACE (7223).

Run in the Sun, and Enjoy
This is your opportunity for a mini (or not so mini) vacation in one of the most beautiful of beach resorts. In addition to the race you will want to put in miles along the beach and the many scenic locations found everywhere in the region. Whether your hobbies include fishing, boating, museums, biking, dolphin watching, art collecting/viewing, shopping or other—this is the destination for you. Plan your trip around this excellent race, but do plan to visit St. Pete Beach. It is an island worth exploring and experiencing.



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