Sunday February 21, 2016
9:30a.m. – 8K Start
Start: Bayshore Boulevard & Verne Street
Please access the Start lines from the rear and by utilizing the Platt Street Bridge; adjacent to the Franklin Street Entrance of the Tampa Convention Center.
Seeded men & women ONLY will access the 8K starts from the front and should utilize the seeded/elite entrance located adjacent to the start platform on the north side of Bayshore Boulevard.
8K Seeded Start Access
8K Seeded Start Access is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the 8K 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 8 K Seeded Start Access:
Finish Time Requirements for Men:
Finish Time Requirements for Women:
PLEASE NOTE: The 2016 Publix Gasparilla 8K will start promptly at 9:30am. Once the Start Area is cleared at approximately 9:35am, the Start will be closed and the timing mats will be pulled. Runners/Walkers arriving late will not be allowed on course.
Runners and walkers participating in the Michelob Ultra Challenge must complete the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon in under 2:55 and allow enough time to make it to the Official Start of the Publix Gasparilla 8K.
To register by mail please click here for the mail-in fillable form. 2016 GDCA registration form.
Online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 14, 2016, but beginning Saturday, January 9, 2016 will be according to the Late Registration Online Fees ($40 – 8K).
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Race Day Registration for the 2016 Publix Gasparilla 8K.
Publix Gasparilla 8K Shirt & Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo that will be held in the Tampa Convention Center – East Hall on Friday, February 19, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 20, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (following Start of 5K) and until 5 p.m.
For late out-of-town arrivals ONLY, there will be very limited Packet Pick-Up on Race Day, Sunday, February 21. Requests for Race Day Packet Pick-up must be made in writing and no later than Sunday, February 14, 2016*.
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.
*To request Race Day Packet Pick-up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2016, 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 and Finish will record the participant’s time at each location in preparation for Race Day Results. Post-Race, each participant will receive both their Start Time (Gun Time) and Net Time (Timing starts when runner/walker actually crosses the 8K Start Line and ends upon crossing the 8K 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 the Q105 Post-Race Celebration at Cotanchobee Park!
PLEASE NOTE – If you intend to run the 2016 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon AND 2016 Publix Gasparilla 8K on Sunday, February 21, 2016, you must register and complete an individual Entry Form for both events. Unless you are running the Michelob Ultra Challenge, you will be issued a Half Marathon Race Number AND an 8K Race Number.
When running the Half Marathon, you MUST wear your assigned Half Marathon Race Number ONLY. Do not wear or carry your 8K Race Number. Before starting the 8K, YOU MUST remove your Half Marathon Race Number.
Because of the sensitivity of the ChronoTrack Timing Device, wearing or carrying your 8K Race Number during the Half Marathon OR wearing or carrying your Half Marathon Race Number during the 8K, could impact your Race Results.