Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K
2017 15K Will Be Capped At 6,500!

2017 PGDC Registration Is Open!




Dates & Times

Saturday, February 25, 2017

6:40a.m. 15K Wheelchair Start (Push Rim Only)
Start: Brorein Street & Franklin Street

Wheelchair participants and seeded athletes ONLY can access the 15K Start from the front by utilizing the Wheelchair/Elite Entrance located adjacent to the Start Platform. All other Participants must enter the start from the rear, utilizing the barricade breaks on either side of Brorein Street.

6:45a.m. 15K Seeded Start
Start: Brorein Street & Franklin Street


15K Seeded Start Access

15K Seeded Start Access is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  For access to the 15K Seeded Start Area, a written results verification is required and must be presented BY-MAIL with a completed entry form and payment.  The following are Finish Times required for 15K Seeded Start Access:

Finish Time Requirements for Men:

  • Half Marathon – 1:30:00 or less
  • 15K – 1-hour or less
  • 10K – 40-minutes or less

Finish Time Requirements for Women:

  • Half Marathon – 1:45:00 or less
  • 15K – 1:15:00 or less
  • 10K – 50-minutes or less

6:45a.m. 15K Open Men & Women Start
Start: Brorein Street & Franklin Street

  • All Open 15K registered participants will stage on Brorein Street behind the 15K Seeded Start Area.
  • 15K registered participants should enter from the barricade breaks on both sides of Brorein.
  • The barricade breaks will be according to Projected Finish Times; Projected Finish Time signage will be posted.
  • PLEASE, for the safety and enjoyment of all, line up according to your Projected Finish Time.
15K Entry
  • $35 – May 1-31, 2016
  • $40 – June 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
  • $45 – October 1, 2016 – January 13, 2017
  • $50 – ONLINE ONLY January 14 – February 19, 2017 (or until 15K Sells Out)
  • $55 –  Race Weekend Late Registration (IF AVAILABLE)
Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in the 2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K & 5K or Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon & 8K.

+ Register Now!

Online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 19, 2017, but beginning Saturday, January 13, 2017, the cost of 15K registration will be according to the Online Late Registration Fees ($50 – 15K).

To register by mail, please complete a 2017 PGDC Registration Form  

For form-fillable feature, PGDC Registration Form must be opened in Adobe Reader.  Once opened, click on each field, fill in and then, print for signing.  Once completed, enclose Entry Fee Payment and mail to the following address:

P.O. Box 1881
Tampa , Fl. 33601-1881
PLEASE NOTE: Registrations by mail must be postmarked by January 13, 2017. There will be no Race Weekend Late Registration for the 2017 Challenges!!! If available, Late Online Registration for the Michelob Ultra Challenge will close on Sunday, February 19, 2017 or when the Michelob Ultra Challenge Sells Out!
Entry Requirements 

All 2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants MUST sign the Race Application Waiver. A Parent or Legal Guardian MUST sign the Race Application Waiver for participants under the age of 18.

All Mail-in 2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Race Applications must be postmarked by January 8, 2017.


Entry forms received postmarked after January 13, 2017 WILL NOT be processed until Race Weekend and during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo.  If available, 15K Race Weekend Late Registration Fees Will Apply ($55)

Runner Premiums

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants will receive an Official 2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Gender Specific Performance Wicking Race Shirt**, a Virtual Race Bag, a 2017 PGDC branded Publix Reusable Shopping Bag and for those that cross the Finish Line, a 2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Finisher’s Medal, Post-Race food and beverages, a complimentary 12-ounce Michelob Ultra (21-yrs & Over) and a personalized Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration).

**Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants that register online after January 22, 2017, or wait to register during Race Weekend Late Registration (if available) will receive a Race Shirt, but will not be guaranteed a gender specific performance wicking shirt and/or the correct sized shirt.

Complete (but not Official) 2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Results will be featured in a Special Race Results Section in the Tampa Bay Times on Monday, February 27, 2017.

PerformanceMassagePerformance Massage, Inc. Pre & Post-Race Massage

The Performance Massage Sports Massage Team will be providing Post-Race Massage following both the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K & 5K and Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon & 8K.

On Sat., following the 15K & 5K, the Team will offer 10-minute Post-Race Massages ($12), and following the Half Marathon & 8K on Sun., 20-minute massages ($24). Pre-paying for massage is available through online registration ONLY at (This rate applies to pre-paid massages only. Race Day rate will be slightly higher.)

The Team will also offer Pre- Race Massage during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo on both Fri. and Sat. during Expo Hours. For more information or to book an additional Pre-Race and/or Post-Race Massage, please contact Glen Kemp, 813- 831-7007.

Packet Pick Up

2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Race Packet, T-shirt and Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo being held at the Tampa Convention Center – East Hall on Friday, February 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 6:00 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are not able to attend the Expo and pick-up your Race Number, a Race Number Pick-Up Authorization Form  must be completed, signed and presented by whomever WILL be picking up for you.  A downloadable version of the Authorization Form can be found below.

Race Number Pick-Up Authorization Form

ChronoTrack Timing Tags

The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association is once again proud to lead the pack in offering to its runners and walkers the latest in timing technology. In 2017, race participants will be timed utilizing the ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing System, developed and designed with RFID – radio frequency identification.

Here’s how it works. The technology is woven into a tag that will be placed on the back of each runner’s bib/race number.

Transponder pads at the Start Line, Mid-Way Point and Finish Line, will record the participant’s time in preparation for the Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results. Post-Race, each participant will receive both their Start Time (Gun Time) and Net Time (Timing starts when runner/walker actually crosses the 15K Start Line and ends upon crossing the 15K Finish Line).

At the Finish Line, there will be no back-ups…runners and walkers will cross the Finish Line…revel in what they’ve just accomplished…be given their Finisher’s Medal, stop to pose for pirate-y photos at the MarathonFoto Booth and then head to Cotanchobee Park for the Q105 Post-Race Celebration!

PLEASE NOTE – If you intend to run the 15K AND 5K on Saturday, February 25, 2017, you must register and complete an Entry Form for both events.  Unless you are running the Michelob Ultra Challenge or Michelob Amber Challenge, you will be issued a 15K Race Number AND a 5K Race Number.

When running the 15K, you MUST wear your assigned 15K Race Number ONLY.  Do not wear or carry your 5K Race Number.  Before starting the 5K, you MUST remove your 15K Race Number and replace with your 5K Race Number.

Because of the sensitivity of the Chrono Track Timing Device, wearing or carrying your 5K Race Number during the 15K OR wearing or carrying your 15K Race Number during the 5K, could impact your Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results.