Saturday, Nov 2, 2024 @ 5:00 AM

Tampa Bay 100

2612 N 17th St

Tampa, FL 100 Miler

Registration closes: Sat, Oct 26 @ 11:59 PM ET

The Tampa Bay 100

Welcome to the second year of the Tampa Bay 100! This a rare point-to-point urban ultramarathon opportunity, starting in Ybor and heading through Tampa out to Clearwater and ending in St. Petersburg jam packed full of best known and lesser-known sights to see in the Tampa Bay.



You'll be seeing the various murals, artworks, monuments, bridges, verdant parks, piers, historic buildings, and the beautiful skyline of skyscrapers as you make your way through Tampa into Clearwater and ending in St. Petersburg.

This is flat course, with some bridges for hills, and is an excellent choice for your first ultra or to tour the Tampa Bay! The course has roughly a net gain of 1,165 and a loss of 1,218!

Price Increase? Woah, hey, yeah you might have noticed the entry fee has been raised by $35. Let me tell ya why! I’m excited to let y’all know for the 2024 Tampa Bay 100 will be have live tracking!! We will have the SPOT GPS Trackers by Trackleaders, the same company that does the live tracking for the Cocodona 250, Bigfoot 200, and the Hardrock 100. So now your family and friends can see your progress from home, your crew can see where you’re at, and for us logistically and the Aid Stations so we can keep y’all safe! 



Start: 
Ybor Misfits Microsanctuary

2612 N 17th St, Tampa, FL 33605

Start Time: 5am

Mandatory Crew Meeting: 5:05am, immediately after the runners kick off!



Pre-TB100 Bib and Swag Pick-Up: TBD at 3 Daughters Brewing from 7pm to 9:30pm

222 22nd St S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33712



Race Day Bib Pick-Up: Starts at 4:20am



Finish: Near the 11th Ave Pier at Vinoy Park! (It's the small one by the Beach Volleyball Courts)

Address: 1201 N Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701



TB100 Start Parking: You’ll get emails on tips and what not. However, there is street parking near the start.

TB100 Finish Parking: There’s a parking lot at the park, depending on what time you finish… this may, or may not be locked. Plenty of street parking available. 



Cutoff: 36.5 Hours

Awards

Top Four Male & Female: Will receive custom artwork from a local trail runner. Her watercolors were amazing last year.

5th to 8th Place Male & Female: We will have framed Tampa Bay Prints!


Participates: Everyone will be given a Tampa Bay 100 "Mini Poster”, a TB100 beer opener, pins, key chains, and so much more! Gotta love the swag!


BUCKLES! 100 Miler finishers will earn a100-mile belt buckle made by Wicked Skins!


Stickers!: As always, we will have stickers for ya!

HATS! We’ve got some Tampa Bay 100 hats for all of y’all too!

Aid Stations

Aid Stations: Four Aid Stations! Courtney Campbell, Dunedin, Gulf Blvd, and Gulfport! Two of the Aid Stations, Dunedin and Gulfport, will be operated from the home of some local runners! So it’s always a blast. Otherwise, it is recommended you have a crew. Other stops can be swinging by local food joints and gas stations! We will have a list of ideal locations!

Aid Stations will be stocked with Soda, Pickles, Gummy Bears or Worm..idk one of those, Chips, M & Ms, Cookies, Produce, some brand of powder electro's. We will also provide band-aids and women hygiene products in a plastic box at all the Aid Stations.

Supplies Cache: We will have several "supplies caches" hidden in coolers for y'all between the aid stations. You’ll see them on the course map. They will have water bottles, Gatorades, and some snacks and such!

You should still carry your own food, have it crewed for you, or buy it in stores, delis or restaurants you pass along the way. You will also pass by many park drinking fountains if you need extra water. This is part of the urban adventure and fun of an event like this. Keep in mind that many stores may close at night. Aid station staff will check you in, make sure you’re ok, help you with directions if needed and give you encouragement and support. You will still have to be somewhat self-reliant. Please only enter this race if you are prepared for that.

Drop Bags

Drop Bags will be at Dunedin Aid Station (49.09) and the Gulfport Aid Station (78ish miles)! So that will be the “you're over half-way” aid station spots of the course! Please do not use large bags or large coolers for drop bags.

Do not place keys or valuables in drop bags. You may not be able to get it back immediately when you finish. For keys and other valuables, please give these to your crew... or it can be placed in the Race Directors vehicle.

Drop Bags must be marked with the name of the Aid Station and have your name written on it with duck tape. Please try to keep drop bags no larger the a standard draw string bag.

Drop Bags will only be returned to the Start/Finish after that Aid Station has packed up and left. So keep that in mind when choosing what bag you’re going to use. All aid stations will be accessible for you to drive out too in the case you have to collect them early (or after you’re done with the 50 Miler).

Live Tracking

The 2024 Tampa Bay 100 will be have live tracking!! We will have the SPOT Trackers by Trackleaders, the same company that does the live tracking for the Cocodona 250, Bigfoot 200, and the Hardrock 100. So now your family and friends can see your progress from afar, your crew can see where you’re at, and for us logistically and the Aid Station captains… we can keep y’all safe!

Live Video Feed: There will be a Live Video Feed at the Dunedin Aid Station thanks to Pacer Travel. This is a fun moment to see your runner come into the aid station. It’s also a blast to watch and see all the runners and hear the commentary as it goes down.

Crewing

A "crew" is one or more people, working as a team, who are the runner’s primary source of support and encouragement throughout the race. It is possible to do this crewless by stopping at local joints and gas stations. However, having a crew is highly recommended. The crew can meet you at any point on the course, not only just at aid stations. 


Just some simple Rules for your Crew:

1. Support vehicles cannot travel at the speed of the runner, you cannot “pace” while driving. You may also not hand your runner something from a moving vehicle. The crew must leap-frog the runners and always drive at the posted speed limits.
2. Crews must park in legally designated parking areas. Do not park in loading zones, alley ways, or any other location you are not legally permitted.
3. No Loitering, some gas stations and business’ won’t mind if you hangout for a while in the parking lot… some do. Even if you buy something from that place of business, they still might not allow you to just hangout and wait for your runner. If you’re going to wait for an extended period of time, ask permission from the business.
4. If a local park is closed, do not park there during the hours it’s closed. Read the signs when you enter a park and assure you’re not parking there when the park is closed.
5. Runners may only sit inside a crew persons car only if it remains parked. No runner may get into any moving mode of transportation at any time.
6. Vehicles must be parked completely off the road surface whenever they are stopped. Any door of the vehicle must never be opened into the roadway, even momentarily. Again, only park in legally designated areas.
7. Never disrupt traffic. You should never attempt to slow down traffic or cause traffic to halt for your runner.



Essentially, when it comes to the crew, you'll be meeting your runners at various locations throughout the 100 miles! Where you stop is entirely up to you, study the map and see what works best for you and the crew. 

Runners are responsible for both their own and their crew’s actions; likewise crews are responsible for both their own and their runners' actions. Don’t break the law, plain and simple.

Please be courteous to the volunteers and to the other runners. Also, you and your crews must be courteous and respectful of the neighborhoods you pass through. Do not make excessive noise or congregate in large groups in residential areas, especially at night. Be courteous to other park users, pedestrians, bike riders, and drivers. Try to avoid spreading out across the entire sidewalk or pathway.

You are ambassadors and representatives of your sport.

Pacing and Pacers

First and foremost, your pacer is a member of your crew and must follow ALL the crew rules to include the rules for the runner (minus wearing the SPOT gps tracker). This also means your pacer(s) must have a LED Blinking Light and reflective gear visible from the front and back when running in the dark. If your pacer is caught WITHOUT this gear on, both the pacer and the runner will be stopped until the pacer has the proper and required gear on.

The Pacer may join the runner AFTER the Courtney Campbell Causeway aid station! Pacer may, and is encouraged to help the runner navigate. Runners over the age of 60, or others needing special assistance, may have a pacer at any time.

Daytime Pacing: Runners may switch pacers at anytime, but you may only have one pacer at a time. No entourages.

Nighttime Pacing: Runners may have up to two pacers at the same time once it gets dark and the sun has gone down.

Pacers are very strongly recommended at night, or after the 70 mile point… especially for first-time 100-mile runners. This is for runner security, to prevent the runner getting lost, and for safety in case a runner becomes ill or disoriented. Two or more registered runners may run the entire race together. Pacers will not be an absolute requirement, but are strongly recommended.

“Muling" i.e., having your pacer carry your water bottle, portable phone charger, & etc for you is allowed for this event.

Cut-Off

There will be a hard cut off at the Gulf Port Aid Station which is roughly 78 1/2 miles in. You need to have reached this point by the 29th Hour. That’s an average of 22:11 per mile.

Time Change!! The time change goes in effect at 2am, at that time clocks will roll back to 1am. So you’ll be running at 1am twice.

Course Marking / Directions

Will be a mix of following directional cards and the route on the CalTopo App!

Also, runners may go off-course to visit a store, a bathroom, coffee shop, brewery, gas station, to go see the water or historical site, or the local deli. But they must leave and return to the point they left the course by foot (Not one of those rental scooters you'll see all over the city).

Course Details

Now let me tell ya about this course, first and foremost, Laura Bradley is the brain child to this. She knows all of the best places to see that you, or never knew existed. 

Kicking off in the heart of Ybor City, Tampa, you all will be taken on the ultimate “Endurance Tour” of Tampa Bay for 100 miles jam packed with the best sights in Tampa, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, and St Petersburg.

The route itself begins with 20 plus miles around downtown Tampa and its surrounding neighborhoods, bringing you all by the best sights in the city such as the Tampa Theatre, Tampa Postcard, Bayshore Blvd, the Riverwalk, 100s of murals in The Heights and through the city, Jose Marti Park, Perry Harvey Park, Harbour Islands, Hyde Park, and Cypress Point! You’ll see the stadiums home to the Tampa Bay Lightening and the Buccaneers! 

From here you will hit our first dedicated aid station on the Courtney Campbell Causeway! Then you’ll run over the beautiful Tampa Bay towards Safety Harbor, which combines beautiful bay views and the legendary Tocobaga Indian Mounds that according to legend protects us from hurricanes every year. 

The route then takes you into Dunedin where there will be plenty of food options for runners and crew members. As well as the point where we pick up the Pinellas Trail briefly. You’ll get to see the spring training stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays! Your second Aid Station will be here!

The run then cuts down along to the water into downtown Clearwater, over the bridge, and into Clearwater Beach (and if you timed it right, you’re here in time for a grouper sandwich and sunset). This is also the location for Aid Station #3!

From here you have a 20 some miles straight over to St Pete Beach on Gulf Blvd, crossing the stunning Sand Key Bridge and then passing through beach towns such as Madeira Beach, Reddington Shores, Treasure Island and John’s Pass, to name a few. 

The last section takes you back over the water and over into Gulfport to pass by the old Casino and cute shops and restaurants throughout this trendy, “hipster” town. You’ll have an Aid Stating in Gulf Port! 

From there you will hit the PT again into downtown St Pete! If you like murals, sports, piers, and beautiful views… you’re definitely going to enjoy downtown St Pete! You will explore everywhere from the Dali Museum downtown to old Northeast, the Deuces, and Coffeepot Bayou. As for murals, you will see hundreds of murals running around downtown St Pete, there’s a reason this town is known on a global scale for their murals.

Lastly for sports fans, you will go by the trop, Al Lang Stadium (Home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies), the “Lionheart” Dedication (Grand Prix Race), and even a plaque dedicated to Ondoro Osoro of Kenya. He set the 10-Mile World Record at the 1997 Southtrust Running Festival with a time of 45 Minutes and 37 Seconds.

The last part of the route takes you down for a loop around the pier and back before ending in Vinoy Park. The pier has a massive amount of history from the worlds first scheduled flight to the Demens Landing.

Once you leave the Pier Loop... you'll be heading into Vinnoy Park, past the Historic Vinoy Park Hotel, where you end at the 11th Ave Pier near the Beach Volleyball Courts! It's a nice little "beach" at the finish!!!

Course Map

Here's the course map, but just know... things might change. So before race day, if you download anything. Download the most recent map!

Full Detail Map: https://caltopo.com/m/H29R3
This map is divided by each major segment (Tampa, Dunedin, Clearwater, and St. Pete). It will have all of the details from the route itself to gas stations, parking spots, historical elements on course, sights to see on course, and even fast food and grocery stores in case you need to grab some goods!

Like last year, we will also provide a Strava Map and a Single Segment map for those GPX downloads.

Runner Rules

1. Do NOT run in the roads. This is not a “road race,” this is a point-to-point 100 mile urban-ultra endurance tour of the Tampa Bay. There will only a few times when there may not be a sidewalk. Please use all designated sidewalks, paths, trails, bike lanes, and areas designated for foot traffic.
2. Stopping Traffic. Do not stop traffic to cross any traffic light controlled crossing. This applies to runners, pacers, and crews. You must wait until the light turns green or it is safe to cross.
3. DO NOT Jaywalk. This is the act of walking (or running) at crossing that has traffic with a designated crossing point.
4. Littering. Follow the Leave No Trace principle. This also includes leftovers from fruits like banana peels and orange rinds. You will pass by trash cans every so often, please use them.
5. This should be obvious, but don’t rent a scooter or bike… that’s clearly not walking or running.
6. Chickens! Leave them alone :) Chickens are allowed to roam freely throughout Ybor City thanks to a city of Tampa ordinance protecting them. These birds are living memorials to the founding and early days of Ybor City.! Leave let them be, please.
7. Take a look at the Mandatory Items, they are mandatory and you are responsible having those items.
8. IF YOU DNF: You MUST RETURN the SPOT Tracker to the nearest Aid Station.
9. When running in the dark (yes, that even means race morning and 100% at night), you MUST wear a vest or similar item with reflective material clearly visible from the front AND back, as well as clearly visible colored blinking LED lights facing front and rear.
> A headlamp DOES NOT COUNT as your LED Blinking Light, while I always recommend a headlamp, you will still have to some form of LED Blinking Light on the front and back of your hydration vest / around your waist if you don’t plan on wearing a hydration vest.
> More on that: You can get DOT Reflective Vests, Belts, Strips that can attached, and even Shirts online in various models.
> Bottomline is, if you’re caught without it at night… you will be stopped and you will stay there until you have it on. If the issue happens more then once, you will be DQ’d.

Mandatory Items

All registered runners must carry the following items with them during the run.
1. Cell phone
2. Direction sheet, to be provided.
3. At least one water bottle or hydration pack, minimum 20 oz
4. Headlight and something reflective for running at night
5. CalTopo App: Download the CalTopo App on your phone, its free. You will be able to download the Tampa Bay 100 map on it... it will be a crucial guide for you outside of the directional cards.
6. SPOT Tracker, to be provided.

Non-Mandatory Things, but good to have:
1. PORTABLE CHARGER FOR YOUR PHONE! I'm not saying you must have one, but it is highly recommended. You'll be snapping photos, checking the CalTopo app, and probably texting your friends and maybe secretly your ex. The phone is your lifeline. Please, please, please keep it charged. That is my first form of contact to reach you while you're on the course.
2. Cash; at least $25 in a zip-lock bag... sometimes may be helpful at gas stations.

Restrooms and Water

The route will pass by several commercial facilities like gas stations, convenience stores and the like at many points along its length, but there are long stretches where there is no commercial development. There will also be some areas where the population is more sparse, very few facilities stay open all night.

For bathrooms, if using a business' facilities, show support by buying something if possible. If told "No", please be polite.

What is an Urban Ultra?

Urban Ultra's are courses that take place in an urban environment and incorporate travel by foot to explore elements of the city. Unlike typical trail races where the course is completely marked by flagging, in the urban setting you're typically following directional cards that will get you from point to point, road to road, and turn by turn.

Navigation can be hardest part for many at face value, however, aslong as you are paying attention to the details and following the course directions; you will have no problem staying on the course.

The goal of an urban ultra is exploring sides of the city that are often overlooked, it teaches you how to navigate the city while providing challenges focused on self-reliance, team building, and cultural experiences. Participants explore the rich cultural, historical, and natural environment of whatever city they’re in.

A Self Guided Endurance Tour, Not a Race

This event is considered a “Self-Guided Endurance Tour of the Tampa Bay.” As such it is not considered a competitive event but rather a life accomplishment. We will record finish times and award top finishers, but the accomplishment of the runner is in the experience of the run, not how fast you can finish it. The spirit of the event is captured in the journey.

ITRA and the IAU

This event stands by the guidelines of the International Trail Running Association and the International Association of Ultrarunners. We follow the same mission to give a voice to trail runners from all continents to promote trail running throughout the world and defend its ethical values.

Event's current local time: 3:07 AM ET

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