Shark's Tooth 10K Race Information
The Shark's Tooth 10K will be on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds in the Shark's Tooth Captial of the World.

Neighborhood Information

2019 Shark's Tooth 10K Course-Revised

Returning 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

Runners' Perks Include:

Shark's Tooth 10K

"My wife and I just ran the Sharks Tooth 10K yesterday.  We also ran it last year.  I have done many races and I was so impressed with the way this event was organized I had to write!  From the flawless easy parking process to the incredibly fool-proof course markings, the multitude of amazing volunteers, the great food and beer, and swift delivery of results.  Whoever the race director are a MASTER and have some great people with you!  Thanks for doing what you do!  Looking forward to next years event!" -  JS

The proceeds from the Shark's Tooth 10K event benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida - Sarasota County and The Active Suncoast Foundation, Inc.

Race Morning Schedule
Festival Grounds gates open 5:30 a.m.

Race Morning Registration & Packet Pick-Up begin at 5:30 a.m. on-site at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.

Packet Pick-Up & Registration close at 7:15 a.m.

Open Division will start at 7:30 a.m.

Advance Packet Pick-Up-To Be Announced for 2020

  •  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)


  • 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.  
  • Registrants in the Competitive WALKER Division are indicated by "WALKER"  Please email changes or corrections to  SUBJ:  WALKER CHANGE 

Course Info
The scenic, single-loop course will take you from the Venice Airport Festival Grounds, along the beach-front road, into Caspersen Beach Park and returning along the Venetian Waterway Trail to the Festival Grounds. 

Three aid stations on the course: Approximately mile 2 on Airport Avewith volunteers from Marine Corps League Det #643; Mile 3.7 (entrance to Caspersen Beach Park) with the team from OutRival Racing; And mile 5 (on the Venetian Waterway Trail) manned by Boy Scout Troop 100. 

Water will be available at mile 2 and 5. Water and Glacier Freeze Frost flavor Gatorade will be served at mile 3.7.

     You do not run on the beach or over the terrain of the Festival Grounds. You will start and finish on an old closed runway and

     taxiway, transition to and from the Festival Grounds via a crushed shell road and parking lot. A loop through Caspersen Beach

     Park is a packed "jeep" trail.  Otherwise, you will be on paved roads or the concrete path of the Venetian Waterway Trail.

  • Finish line closes at 9:35 a.m.
  • You must be able to complete the 6.2 mile course maintaining approximately 17 min/mile  
  • No pets are allowed on the Festival Grounds

Course Map - Revised for 2019
Download Map PDF Version
The course is slightly different than run in previous years.  The revision is between miles 1 and 2 and the rest remains unchanged.  From mile 1 participants will continue north on Davis St and turn left on Aurora St (prior to reaching Field Ave/Gulf Dr), continue one block on Aurora St then turn left onto Cooper St, south to Airport Ave, turning right onto Airport Ave to Harbor Dr, left onto Harbor Dr.

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 parking on site. If you plan on leaving prior to 9:40 a.m., please use caution and yield to give priority to the runners and walkers who may still be inbound to finish their Shark's Tooth 10K.    

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.
Overall Walker Category Awards: 3-Deep for male and female Walkers
Shark's Tooth 10K 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.

 Walker Category Participation & Awards
The Walker Category is for participants who will be competing as a Walker and walk the entire 10K.  Although this will not be a judged race walk, competing in the Walking Category requires one foot to be in contact with the ground at all times (i.e. "no lifting".)  There will be monitors on the course and running or jogging will be the basis for disqualification.  Walkers will start approximately five minutes after the open field. 

If you would like to walk some of the Shark's Tooth 10K and still jog or run some, please register for the "Open Division" Shark's Tooth 10K and feel free to run, jog or walk. DO NOT register as a Walker respecting those who will compete by fitness walking, power walking, speed walking, race walking, etc. 

If you intend to run, jog, and/or walk but would like to accompany someone competing as a Walker, register in the open division and you can delay your start to accompany the Walking Participant.

Walking Category Participants must start with the Walkers, approximately five minutes after the open start; starting early is another basis for disqualification.   If you register as a Walker and decide you would like to run or jog, or you register in the open division and decide you would like to compete as a Walker, please contact us to change your registration category. If you have questions about the Walker Category, please feel free to contact the race director at or 941.312.4955

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​

Runners Love the Shark's Tooth 10K 

  •  ​Custom medal for all finishers

  • Chip timing on a scenic, single-loop course

  • Free entry to the 2020 Shark's Tooth Festival ANY day of the Festival with your 2020 Shark's Tooth 10K race bib  

  • Technical race shirt or custom embroidered run-dri hat or both.  Pre-register by 2/03/2020 to be sure your shirt size will be available for pick up race morning or at the advance packet pick up.  After this date, shirt size and hat availability will be limited to stock on hand.  (Note:  If you registered and cannot make it to the Shark's Tooth 10K but would still like your shirt and/or socks, please contact race staff prior to the race.  Runner packets not picked up by race start will be forfeited unless prior arrangements with race staff have been made.)

  • Premium post race party featuring First Watch 

  • 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