Residents are encouraged to browse more than 60 vendors stocked with running apparel, footwear, nutritional products, or attend fitness clinics for healthy lifestyle tips during the free Rock N Roll Health and Fitness Expo at Tropicana Field, today and Saturday, February 10 and 11. The Expo will be open for runners picking up race packets, as well as for the shopping public from Noon to 6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and guests should enter from Gate 1. Parking at Tropicana Field costs $15. For Expo information and a schedule of clinics and speakers, visit http://runrocknroll.
Also, free two-hour on-street parking is available surrounding Tropicana Field; motorists are advised to follow posted parking regulations and plan their trip accordingly. Parking is also available Friday and Saturday in metered spaces or in one of the city’s two downtown parking garages, BayWalk (enter from Second St. N.) and South Core (enter from First Ave. S.). Parking in either BayWalk or South Core will cost $5.
Following the Expo, guests are encouraged to leave their car at Tropicana Field and head downtown aboard the Central Ave. Trolley to sample The Pier, museums, and one-of-a-kind waterfront shopping and dining for just 50 cents per person. Three shuttle stops are located a short walk from Tropicana Field on Central Ave. between 16th St. N. to just past 13th St. N.
On race day, parking for spectators and race participants without prepaid Tropicana parking is available at BayWalk (enter from Second St. N.) for $5. Race participants who have prepaid parking may park at Tropicana Field prior to 6:45 a.m. on race day for easy access to the starting line. At the finish line, racers may return via shuttle to Tropicana Field and their vehicles. Parking and shuttle tickets will be available for purchase during the Expo’s Race Day Park & Ride Booth.
Spectators wishing to show their support at the start and finish of the half marathon are encouraged to attend the Official Spectator Block Party at Ferg’s, 1320 Central Ave., make a sign to support friends or family on the course and catch a $5 shuttle to the finish line. Finish line shuttles run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and tickets will be on sale only on race day inside Fusion 1560. Alternate parking is available downtown at BayWalk (enter from Second St. N.) or on-street in legally-accessible parking spaces.
Motorists will see major street closures and traffic delays downtown from midnight Sunday through approximately Noon, with the heaviest congestion occurring between 6 a.m. and Noon. Major streets impacted by the half marathon include Central Ave., First Ave. S., Fourth St. S., Third St. S., Snell Isle Blvd., North Shore Dr. N.E. and Bayshore Dr. N.E. and S.E. Uniformed officers will staff key intersections and may pulse traffic across a limited number of intersections if a break in the runner field occurs. Motorists traveling around downtown on Sunday are advised to allow extra time to arrive at their destination. Those wishing to avoid detours and street closures from the half marathon should utilize 34th St. for unimpeded travel north and south of downtown St. Petersburg.
Traffic officials anticipate the course to be cleared of all runners around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, with streets being reopened on a rolling basis. Only North Shore Dr. N.E. between 12th Ave. N.E. and 13th Ave. N.E. will remain closed on Sunday until approximately 3 p.m.
Riders who use PSTA or the Central Ave. Trolley will also see some service disruptions or delays due to Sunday’s half marathon. Riders are advised to plan their routes carefully and allow enough time to get to their destination. For information on affected routes, visitwww.psta.net or www.stpetetrolley.com.