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Clearwater Marathon (formerly the Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon)

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Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 Miles
Clearwater, Florida
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Join us for the relaunch of our full marathon, on hold for four years due to road construction at one of the most narrow parts of Gulf Boulevard.

You will enjoy our visually varied, mostly flat course which received praise from the many athletes who initially participated.

You'll be able to relax and recover on award-winning Clearwater Beach, featuring our area's infamous white sand and the mild waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

If you're seeking a mid-winter break and considering an escape to the south, there is only one marathon in Florida that offers the perfect combination of a scenic course, ideal weather, and award-winning beaches - the Clearwater Marathon. C'mon down!

Course Description
Our Marathon course starts at Coachman Park on Clearwater's waterfront, heads through downtown to access the Clearwater Bridge, reaching the top at precisely the 1-mile marker. It's downhill from there along the perfectly manicured Clearwater Causeway to award-winning Clearwater Beach, heading south to the Sand Key Bridge, the top of which is at mile 4.

With a start shortly before sunrise, athletes enjoy the sunrise over Clearwater Bay, before descending onto barrier-island-flat Gulf Boulevard for the next 9 miles, touring through exclusive residential and commercial gulf-front neighborhoods, reaching the marathon's midpoint at Park Boulevard Bridge.

The course turns inland and takes an easterly route on rustic, tree-canopied Oakhurst Road to the Pinellas Trail, a paved, rails-to-trails linear park which spans the length of Pinellas County. Turning north, athletes enjoy the absence of motorized vehicles on the Trail until turning into Taylor Park for a brief run around a gorgeous freshwater lake.

After Taylor Park, athletes return to the Pinellas Trail, once again heading north towards Clearwater, turning east on Belleview Boulevard and north towards our downtown finish line, passing golf courses and expensive homes.

The course heads west on the Clearwater Bridge approach for a short jaunt, exiting off to the double-helix ramp onto the bay level and the finish line just ahead back at Coachman Park. CONGRATULATIONS - You are a marathoner!

Gold running starfish medals for all Marathon finishers
Age Group Awards - 3 deep in standard 5 year age groups
Overall Male / Female Awards - 3 deep
Masters (40+) Male / Female Awards - 3 deep
Grandmasters (50+) Male / Female Awards - 3 deep

Timing / Results
The course will be USATF certified, meaning it will be accurately measured and all supporting documentation approved. Once certified, it will be a Boston Marathon Qualifier for both 2010 and 2011. We use computerized chip timing, but official results will be based on "Gun Time" as per USATF rules.

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Year: 2005     Participation


231 men competed in the 2005 Clearwater Marathon (formerly the Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon) 231 (68.3%)
    Total finishers: 338


107 women competed in the 2005 Clearwater Marathon (formerly the Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon) 107 (31.7%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Kevin Brinegar   Marathon Men 2:38:55 6:04  9.89 mph 
 Lisa Valentine   Marathon Women 2:58:57 6:50  8.78 mph 
 Danny Joseph   Marathon Masters Men 2:54:17 6:39  9.02 mph 
 Lisa Valentine   Marathon  Masters Women  2:58:57 6:50  8.78 mph 
Complete 2005 Results (All Races)
Year: 2004     Participation


360 men competed in the 2004 Clearwater Marathon (formerly the Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon) 360 (65.7%)
    Total finishers: 548


188 women competed in the 2004 Clearwater Marathon (formerly the Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon) 188 (34.3%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Ian Payne   Marathon Men 2:50:47 6:31  9.2 mph 
 Lisa Valentine   Marathon Women 2:58:50 6:50  8.79 mph 
 Joe Burgasser   Marathon Masters Men 2:59:21 6:51  8.76 mph 
 Kim Bruce   Marathon  Masters Women  3:13:48 7:24  8.11 mph 
Complete 2004 Results (All Races)
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Retailers (near this event)
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 Advantage Yours  Clearwater FL 1.9 Miles store info
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