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Race, shop, celebrate in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday

LARA CERRI   |   Times


Visitors to downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday morning may come upon a surprise: traffic jams.

It's not often hard to get around the city, but with the following events on the schedule, be sure to plan accordingly:

• The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a breast cancer fundraiser, is in its 10th year here. It has always been the first Saturday in October and has coexisted well with the city's Saturday Morning Market, spokeswoman Laura Bianco said.

This year, however, the market has moved to the parking lot at Al Lang Field, where runners have parked in the past. Expect spots at the BayWalk and Bayfront Medical Center parking garages to be at a premium. Check-in for the race begins at 6 a.m.; opening ceremonies start at 7:15 a.m. at Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive NE. The 10K begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8. You can register on race day or from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Vinoy Park. The cost is $35 for the 5K and 10K, $10 for kids.

• Opening for its seventh season, the Saturday Morning Market has moved to a roomier location at First Street and First Avenue S. With more than 100 vendors, it has become a hot spot for socializing over barbecue and live music. Organizers say about 6,000 shoppers attend weekly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• People have been using the Pinellas Trail extension through downtown for a bit, but the official grand opening ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. near the railroad trestle bridge by Tropicana Field. Expect lots of dignitaries as well as live entertainment, helmet fittings and bike registration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Race, shop, celebrate in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday 10/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 4:30am]
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