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A guide to Tampa Bay sports and fitness events this weekend

The Saints come marching in, St. Pete Run Fest returns and fishing and car buffs have expos to explore.
Runners of all stripes, from beginners and kids to seasoned half-marathoners, will take part in St. Pete Run Fest this weekend. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]
Runners of all stripes, from beginners and kids to seasoned half-marathoners, will take part in St. Pete Run Fest this weekend. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]
Published Nov. 13, 2019
Updated Nov. 15, 2019


With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, the St. Pete Run Fest aims to get the whole city on its feet. The expo and wellness market opens Friday. The 10K (7 a.m.), 5K (8:45 a.m.) and kids race (10:30 a.m.) are Saturday with a postrace party in Albert Whitted Park. Sunday is the half-marathon starting at 7 a.m. on Bayshore near the Dali Museum. $20-$160. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the grueling middle stretch of their schedule and their third home game when they play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. If veteran quarterback Drew Brees is still recovering from a thumb injury by the time the Saints come marching in, this could get interesting. $45.50 and up. 1 p.m. Sunday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. TV/radio: Fox; 97.9-FM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston passes against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 3. [JOHN FROSCHAUER | AP]


The pages of Florida Sportsman magazine come alive for attendees at the Florida Sportsman Expo. There will be 25 fishing seminars daily on inshore, offshore, kayak and fly fishing, plus you can shop for boats, tackle and gear. $8, free for kids 12 and younger. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa.

You can learn how to cast a line during the Florida Sportsman Expo at Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]


The Tampa Bay International Auto Show presented by MotorTrend serves as a stage for automakers and suppliers to showcase their new models, products and technologies. You can get behind the wheel and take an up-close look at the lineup of more than 350 2020 cars, trucks, crossovers and luxury vehicles. There will be test-drive opportunities, kid-friendly activities and high-end exotics. $12, $5 seniors, military, free 12 and younger. Noon-10 p.m Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.

A McLaren MP4-12C was one of the hottest cars awaiting visitors in 2012 during the Tampa Bay International Auto Show at the Tampa Convention Center. [Tampa Bay Times (2012)]


Horns Up Rally: The University of South Florida Bulls play Cincinnati on Saturday but fans can get psyched up the day before at this rally with appearances from Rocky the Bull and the USF Spirit Squads, the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, DJ music, signature drinks, interactive games, a kids zone, photo zone, merchandise tents, promotional giveaways, hype videos and appearances by university luminaries. Free. 5-8 p.m. Friday. E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa.

Saturday Morning Rides: Join the St. Pete Bicycle Club for a ride of less than 25 miles. Social rides are 12 to 16 miles per hour and controlled speed rides are 18, 20, 22, 24 and more than 25 miles per hour. Free. 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Northshore Aquatic Complex, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 517-2449.

North Tampa Bicycle Ride to Odessa: A 25- to 30-mile ride from Carrollwood Village to Odessa and back. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 11 to 13 mph. Free. 8 a.m. Sunday. West Village Commons, 5356 Ehrlich Road, Tampa. (813) 236-8119.


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  1. Nov. 20, 2019• Arts & Entertainment
    Andrew Bryant runs in the 5K race at the annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater in 2018. [Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
    Earn your dinner at a Turkey Trot, meet the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier or see a boxing match at the movies.
  2. Runners of all stripes, from beginners and kids to seasoned half-marathoners, will take part in St. Pete Run Fest this weekend. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]
    The Saints come marching in, St. Pete Run Fest returns and fishing and car buffs have expos to explore.
  3. A skater does tricks at the Skatepark of Tampa, which will host Tampa Am Friday through Sunday. [Times (2016)]
    It’s time for Tampa Am at the Skatepark of Tampa, plus Bucs, Bulls and Bolts.
  4. Times
Dania Vizzi, now 24,  of Odessa, stands for a portrait on the skeet range at Silver Dollar Shooters Club in Odessa. An Olympic hopeful, she won a bronze medal at the 2019 Pan-American games. [TIMES  |  (2017)]
    The Vizzis withdraw their application for a skeet shooting range just before a public hearing to decide its fate.
  5. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) gets a celebratory pat from team Pat Maroon (14) during an October game at Tampa's Amalie Arena. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Tampa takes on fitness with fists and fishing.
  6. The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Classic cars on both sides of Tampa Bay and the Lightning host the Predators.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. [COLE BURSTON  |  AP]
    The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.
  8. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton winds up during the first inning of the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 13 in Anaheim, Calif. [MARK J. TERRILL  |  AP]
    The Rays end their regular season in Toronto, plus a rally for Bulls football, preseason Lightning hockey and the Bucs at the Rams.
  9. Robert Lee “Bo” Benac III, now 30, is the last man sentenced in the infamous 2017 case of the boaters dragging a shark that went viral. The video shows a shark being dragged behind a boat on a rope as men laugh each time its body slams the water. [[Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]]
    The 2017 video of men dragging a shark using a boat went viral. Now a second man will spend 10 days in jail because of it.
  10. Runners move across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during the Skyway 10K race in March. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times [LUIS, SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The second annual race sold out within minutes, so now organizers take a different approach to registration.