Runners' Perks Include:

Shark Fin 5K Race Information
Shark Fin 5K

Race Morning Schedule
Festival Grounds gates open 6:30 a.m.

Race Morning Registration & Packet Pick-Up begin at 6:30 a.m. on-site at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.

Packet Pick-Up & Registration close at 7:45 a.m.

Race start at 8:00 a.m.

Awards approximately 9:15 a.m.

Advance Packet Pick-Up

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019   11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   PDQ Sarasota, 5164 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (next to Rooms to Go)

Plus PDQ Family Night!  PDQ will donate 15% of your total meal purchase if you dine Thursday, February 28, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and let them know you are there for Active Suncoast!

  • Friday, March 1, 2019   1 p.m. to 7 p.m.   Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology, 1111 Avenida del Circo, Venice (on the way to the Airport Festival Grounds)

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 5:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.  Venice Festival Grounds during Shark's Tooth 10K  Race Morning PickUp 



  • Participants are responsible for verifying that the information presented on the label on their race packet is accurate.   Corrections should be brought to the attention of race packet pick up staff at the time of packet pick up or race morning.
  • You can have another individual pick up your Participant Packet:  1) Download and complete the Packet Authorization Form (this will be turned in at packet pick up)   2) Advise the person picking up the packet that they may be asked to present their ID to verify they are the person authorized on the Packet Authorization Form

Verify That You're Registered
To confirm you are registered you can use "Find a Participant" on RunSignUp  and enter your name and date of birth as used during registration.  

Find My Bib Number

Bib Assignments - Available at RunSignUp "Find a Participant"

Enter your name and date of birth as used during registration
Alphabetical lists will be posted at packet pick up

Guide to the Bib Numbers:

  • 1001-1400 - Registered for the Megalodon Challenge 
  • 2001-2700 - Registered for only the Shark's Tooth 10K on Saturday
  • 101-500 - Registered for only the Shark Fin 5K on Sunday
  • 1500's - You are doing BOTH  events for the Megalodon Challenge Virtually
  • 1600 & 1700's - You are doing your event Virtually

If "WAIVER" is indicated by your name on the Bib List your waiver was still unsigned as of the date listed.  You can either (1) log in to your registration online and sign electronically (2) download the Registration Form, print, include your name and bib number on the form (no other information is required), sign the waiver, and turn it in when your packet is picked up (3) or we will have forms available for your to sign when you pick up your packet.  

Course Info
The family friendly course begins on the Venice Airport Festival Grounds with a dogleg and loop on the grounds, exiting to run along the Venetian Waterway Trail to return the Festival Grounds with one aid station midway on the course serving water manned by OutRival Racing.


  • You will start and finish on an old closed taxiway on the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.  There is a dogleg on the prepared surface, then a loop of about 1/3 mile on a well-packed, roadway of large-gravel.  You will leave the Festival Grounds via a crushed shell road and parking lot then onto the multi-use recreation trail, the Venetian Waterway Trail.  Returning onto the Festival Grounds, you will have a short stretch on a well-packed dirt road.
  • No pets are allowed on the Festival Grounds

Course Map
Download PDF Course Map

Directions to Venice Airport Festival Grounds
Arriving by bicycle or on foot:  Continue along the Venetian Waterway Trail, beyond the Festival Grounds main gates, use the bicycle/pedestrian gate approximately 1/4 mile beyond the Airport Avenue parking lot trailhead  (distance presently unverified)  Bike racks are conveniently located on the Festival Grounds inside this gate!

**Be sure to take Business US 41 onto the Isle of Venice and follow the signs for the Festival Grounds**
For your mobile device, Google Maps, or GPS use "Approach Trail Venice Airport, Venice FL" or "610 Airport Ave E, Venice FL" to get you in the vicinity.  

     I-75 from the south: 

  1. Exit 193/Jacaranda Blvd, left at Jacaranda Blvd,
  2. Right at Center Rd, across By-Pass US 41 (little zig-zag)
  3. Right on Business US 41 northbound
  4. Follow the directions "US-41 from the south"

     I-75 from the north: 

  1. Exit 200/FL 681 S to US 41 southbound
  2. Follow directions "US-41 from the north"

     US-41 from the north:

  1. Follow Tamiami Trail/US-41 South
  2. At the US 41/Bypass 41 intersection, stay right on Business US 41 to go over bridge onto Venice Island
  3. Turn Right at Ave Del Circo
  4. Turn Left at Airport Ave E
  5. Proceed beyond "dead end" sign to entrance of Venice Airport Festival Grounds

     US-41 from the south:

  1. Follow Tamiami Trail/US-41 North
  2. At the US 41/Bypass 41 intersection, stay left on Business US 41 to go over
  3. Circus Bridge onto Venice Island
  4. Turn left at Ave Del Circo
  5. Turn left at Airport Ave E
  6. Proceed beyond "dead end" sign to entrance of Venice Airport Festival Grounds 

There is plenty of free and available parking on site and parking directors to guide you.

Categories and Age Groups:  Overall male/female; Youth (14 & under) male/female; Masters male/female; Grand Masters male/female; Sr. Grand Masters male/female; and Veteran Grand Master male/female, plus male/female 3-deep age group awards in 12 & under, 13 & 14, 15-19, ...then 5 year age groups to 80-84, plus 85 & over.
Shark Fin 5K will be chip timed; however, per USATF rules, overall awards (Overall, Youth, Master, Grand Master, Sr. Grand Master, and Veteran Grand Master) and the Walker category awards will be based on gun time.   Age groups awards will be based on chip/net time.

Volunteer Opportunities
Have family or friends running or just want to help out?  Be a course monitor (direct the runners), help at the start/finish line or at the post race party.  Just for being part of the team, you'll get a custom volunteer t-shirt and no matter where you're volunteering, when your job is finished, you're invited to join us at the post race party! If you or your group would like to join our team of volunteers for the Shark's Tooth 10K, simply e-mail us at with the "Volunteer" in the subject line or phone 941.312.4955​

  • ​Custom medal for all finishers

  • Chip timing on a scenic, family-friendly course on the Festival Grounds and Venetian Waterway Trail without going on the roadways

  • Technical race shirt in gender-specific sizes or custom embroidered Run-Dri hat or both

  • Premium post race party featuring Applebee's and Starbuck's Coffee  

  • Music all morning

  • Door prizes from our Sponsors & Supporters

  • Custom Awards for Overall, Youth (14 & under), Master, Grand Master, Senior Grand Master and Veteran Grand Master plus 3-deep age group awards for 12 & under, 13-14, 15-19 then 5-year age groups to 80 & over

The Shark Fin 5K will be on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds in the Shark's Tooth Captial of the World. 

New this year-Megalodon Challenge
Register & complete both Saturday's Shark's Tooth 10K  & Sunday's Shark Fin 5K and receive the Megalodon Mega-Medal in addition to both finisher's Medals