PeliKids Youth Runs

With three different distances for kids of all ages, everyone can run, and enjoy a big photo finish crossing the St. Pete Run Fest finish line!

  • Lil’ Shrimp Fun Runs
  • PeliKids One Miler
  • PeliKids Marathon Challenge


The Course

Your run starts on Bayshore Drive overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay and heads South towards the St. Pete Run Fest finish line.

Lil’ Shrimp Fun Runs: For the 1-2 year olds there’s the .05K fun run, and for the preschoolers aged 3-4 years old, there’s the .1K fun run!

PeliKids One Miler: Calling all kids aged 5-13 for a one mile fun run along the scenic waterfront of downtown St. Pete!

PeliKids Marathon Challenge: The PeliKids One Miler is also the culmination of an ongoing running/walking Marathon Challenge for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade, aimed at promoting an active lifestyle and healthy habits for life. PeliKids will log a total of 25.2 miles at home or at school, prior to completing the final mile of this 26.2 Marathon Challenge in front of cheering fans at the St. Pete Run Fest Finish Line! Our motto is “I CAN DO 26.2!”

Interested in bringing the PeliKids Marathon Challenge to your school?

Click this link for the INFO SHEET and REGISTRATION FORM.

The YMCA of Greater St Petersburg is the official sponsor of our Kids Training Program!

Click for the KIDS TRAINING TIPS. 


  • Dali Museum

    Dali Museum

  • North Shore Drive

    North Shore Drive

  • Saturday Morning Market

    Saturday Morning Market

  • Greetings from St Pete Mural

    Greetings from St Pete

  • Beach Drive shops and restaurants

    Beach Drive

  • St Petersburg Waterfront

    St Pete Waterfront


You can donate directly to our St Pete Run Fest JHACH/Gold Together campaign by clicking on the JHACH logo above!

PeliKids Youth Runs has teamed up with Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital and Gold Together for Childhood Cancer Awareness to raise funds for the fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders.  A portion of each entry fee will be donated, and participants can make additional donations by clicking the JHACH logo above. If participants want to create their own fundraising page to raise even more funds from family & friends, they can do that during the registration process!

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute provides clinical care and research trials for children, adolescents and young adults throughout Florida.  Every day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. One out of 5 children will not survive pediatric cancer.  We can help change that!  

For more information about JHACH, visit  To find out more about Gold Together for Childhood Cancer Awareness, visit


What do I get?

Each child will receive a high quality custom designed shirt and finishers medal. Those who complete the PeliKids Marathon Challenge (26.2 miles) will also receive a special keepsake when they bring their completed mileage tracker to packet pick-up!

Pelican PeliKids Youth Runs Entry Fees

January 1 – November 17, 2018

Lil’ Shrimp Fun Runs    $10

PeliKids One Miler        $20

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Race Details

DATE: Saturday, November 17th

START TIME:  10:30am


Lil’ Shrimp — 1 year old

PeliKids One Miler — 5-years old

TIME LIMIT:  30 minutes  

PARTICIPANT LIMIT:  1,500 runners