Sunday February 25, 2018
9:15 a.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 8K Seeded Start Access:
Finish Time Requirements for Men:
Finish Time Requirements for Women:
PLEASE NOTE: The 2018 Publix Gasparilla 8K will start promptly at 9:15am. Once the Start Area is cleared at approximately 9:25am, 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.
ATTENTION 8K WALKERS! Walkers are welcome in the Publix Gasparilla 8K. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained. Those not able to complete the 8K by 10:45 a.m. (1:30) will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk until Swann Avenue, at which time, they will be moved back on to the road for the remainder of their 8K.
In 2018, for safety and the enjoyment of all, A Walker Corral will be offered in the 8K. If you are a Walker, please let us know! When registering Online or By Mail, Walkers will be given the opportunity to select ‘YES, I Am A Walker!’
Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in ANY of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events.
If available, online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 18, 2018, but beginning Saturday, January 13, 2018, the cost of 8K registration will be according to the Online Late Registration Fees ($45 – 8K).
Participants that register online will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email no earlier than Monday, February 19, 2018. This confirmation will be in addition to the confirmation received from imATHLETE upon completion of online registration. The Race Week Registration Confirmation will include each participant’s Race Number, Name, Address, Race Entered and Age.
PLEASE NOTE: If at any time, you have unsubscribed from the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic E-Blast Database, you WILL NOT receive a Registration Confirmation via email. You MUST rejoin the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic E-Blast Database. To rejoin, Click Here.
To register by mail, please complete a 2018 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:
Registered participants who provide a correct and legible email address will receive a Registration Confirmation via email no earlier than Monday, February 19, 2018. Confirmation will include each participant’s assigned Race Number, Name, Address, Race Entered and Age.
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 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 24, 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 25. Requests for Race Day Packet Pick-up must be made in writing and no later than Sunday, February 18, 2018*.
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 [email protected]
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 2018, 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 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 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 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon AND 2018 Publix Gasparilla 8K on Sunday, February 25, 2018, 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 Bib Number AND an 8K Bib Number.
When running the Half Marathon, you MUST wear your assigned Half Marathon Bib Number ONLY. Do not wear or carry your 8K Bib Number. Before starting the 8K, YOU MUST remove your Half Marathon Bib Number.
Because of the sensitivity of the ChronoTrack Timing Device, wearing or carrying your 8K Bib Number during the Half Marathon OR wearing or carrying your Half Marathon Bib Number during the 8K, could impact your Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results.