Dates and Times

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.

For access to the 8K Seeded Start Area, a written results verification is required that one of the following has been accomplished:

Seeded Number Requirements for Men:

  • 15K – 1-hour or less
  • 10K – 40-minutes or less
  • 5K – 20 minutes or less

Seeded Number Requirements for Women:

  • 15K – 1:15:00 or less
  • 10K – 50-minutes or less
  • 5K – 20 minutes or less


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.

8K Entry Fees
  • $30 – BY MAIL OR ONLINE – May 1, 2015 – May 31, 2015
  • $35 – BY MAIL OR ONLINE – June 1, 2015 – January 8, 2016
  • $40 – ONLINE ONLY – January 9, 2016 – February 14, 2016
  • $45 – Race Weekend Late Registration (IF AVAILABLE)

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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. 

Runner Premiums

Publix Gasparilla 8K participants that pre-register by January 22, 2016 will be guaranteed an Official 2016 Publix Gasparilla 8K Performance T-Shirt, a Virtual Race Bag, a Publix Gasparilla Reusable Booty Bag and for those that cross the Finish Line, a colorful 2016 Publix Gasparilla 8K Finishers’ Medal, Post-Race Food & Beverages, a complimentary 12-ounce Michelob Ultra (21-yrs & Older) and a personalized Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration).

8K participants that register online after January 22, 2016, or wait to register during Race Weekend Late Registration, will be provided with a race shirt, but will not be guaranteed the correct sized shirt or performance shirt.

TribComplete 2016 Publix Gasparilla 8K Results will be featured in a Special Race Results Section in The Tampa Tribune on Monday, February 22, 2016.

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

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 22. 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.

Race Number Pick-Up Authorization Form

*To request Race Day Packet Pick-up, please send an email to

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 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.