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Pinellas Trail

Pinellas Trail Bicycle and Walking Path

Pinellas Trail Scope

Pinellas TrailThe Pinellas trail currently consists of 37 miles of pathway that runs from Tarpon Springs in the north down through multiple communities until it reaches downtown St Petersburg at the southern end of the Peninsula. The trail is dedicated to Fred Marquis who was instrumental in the development of the pathway. Despite traveling through nine cities, the trail most often passes between tall trees that provide much welcome shade and solitude. You will find multiple opportunities to sightsee along the trail, the type of attraction depending on which section of the trail you choose. (We particularly like the connection to the bike path leading to Clearwater Beach.) Pinellas TrailThe path will take you past waterways, interesting features of small communities, and the more complex sights of the larger cities of the peninsula. Taking the entire trail is a bit much for most people so just pick the area you are most interested in seeing. The trail winds through Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Belleair, Largo, Seminole, Gulfport, and St Petersburg. Choose your favorite city and get started on your tour of the Pinellas Trail!

 

Pinellas Trail Experience

Pinellas TrailDeciding which part of the Pinellas Trail is the best for you is a matter of personal preference. Some people enjoy the long stretches of wooded pathway while others like the stopovers in popular cities like Tarpon Springs or Dunedin. At Clearwater, you can take a diversion on the bike path over the causeway to the beach. In Largo you will pass by the large grounds of Largo Central Park and, farther south, Walsingham Park, home to Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village. Passing from Seminole to St Petersburg, you will have an opportunity to cross the longest bridge on the trail, spanning the waters of Long Bayou, with sweeping views across the water to the north and south. The trail begins –or ends- at the docks in St Petersburg, a great place to bike and walk along the scenic downtown waterfront. Regardless of where you use the trail, you are bound to have a relaxing and interesting experience. The memorable sights and enjoyable stretches of the Pinellas Trail are worth visiting.

 

More Information on the Pinellas Trail

Pinellas TrailHere are some links to more information as well as some maps of the trail

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail

Guide to the Pinellas Trail

Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (map)

St Petersburg Bike Map

 

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TriRock Triathlon at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon 2013

TriRock Triathlon at Clearwater Beach

TriRock triathletes at Clearwater BeachThe TriRock Triathlon hit Clearwater Beach last week on Sunday November 10th. The normal routes north and south on Clearwater Beach were closed down and the streets filled with participants and spectators. The racers gathered in the dark hours of the morning with a good showing of spectators braving the early hours to get a view of the race. The spectators gathered on Pier 60, overlooking the swimming course, while the racers and their supporters formed a large crowd on the beach below. The sunrise was beautiful and, not long after, the starting gun sounded.

 

Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon Race Course

TriRock triathletes Clearwater BeachThe Gulf of Mexico was the scene for the swimming course, with large, orange course markers easy to see in the rising sun. The swimmers emerged to cheers and headed for the transition area. The bike route headed over the Clearwater Beach causeway and through the city of Clearwater, Florida. Bikers headed south to the next beach bridge at Belleair Beach where they headed back north again. The running portion of the race took the racers around South Beach of Clearwater Beach and back onto the causeway. The finish line waited for the racers on the lawn in front of Pier 60, where a female announcer in a tutu peeled off quips for the arriving racers.

 

Great Location for TriRock at Clearwater Beach

TriRock Clearwater Beach triathlete bicyclesFantastic weather graced the racers of the Clearwater Beach TriRock event. The weather was mild and fairly dry, providing some of the best exercise weather of the year for the hard working participants. Aside from the beautiful Gulf Shores of Clearwater Beach, the racers were treated to well-maintained Pier 60 area, Beach Walk and the beautiful beach causeway. The bicycle route looping south to the Belleaire Causeway was easy on the eyes as well. Spectator opportunities were endless, with the race course wide open and accessible. The Pier 60 staging area, with its MulitSport Expo, had plenty of space for both racers and spectators to gather at the end of the race.

 

TriRock triathlon Clearwater BeachTriRock Clearwater Beach Triathlon Winners

The Clearwater Beach TriRock triathlon had three divisions; Intermediate, Sprint, and Relay. You can see the winners for the Sprint here, the Intermediate race winners here, and the Relay team winners here.

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