Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon
Course Information

Start: Platt St. & Bayshore Boulevard

  • Platt to Plant
  • Plant Ave to Davis Is. via Davis Island egress bridge
  • East Davis to Arbor
  • Arbor to Columbia
  • Columbia to Barbados
  • Barbados to Channel
  • Channel to South Davis
  • South Davis to roundabout at West Davis
  • West Davis to East Davis
  • South lane of East Davis off of Island via access ramp to Bayshore (northbound lanes)
  • Bayshore (northbound lanes) to turnaround at Gandy Boulevard
  • Bayshore (southbound lanes) back to Finish Line

*To prepare for 8K Start, at Magnolia, runners will be directed to northbound lanes of Bayshore and then to Finish Line.

Finish: Tarpon Dock, Bayshore Blvd. (between Beach Pl. & Hyde park Pl.)

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PLEASE NOTE: Walkers are welcome in the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon, but because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained for the first five miles (Davis Islands portion of course). Those not able to complete the first five miles by 7:20 a.m. (1:20) will be moved to the Davis Islands sidewalk until they reach Bayshore Blvd., at which time, they will be moved back on to the road for the remainder of their Half Marathon.

Those not able to complete miles 5 – 11 and reach Bay To Bay Boulevard by 9:00 a.m. (3:00), will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk until Bay to Bay, at which time, they will be allowed back onto Bayshore Boulevard. These participants will be sharing the road with the Publix Gasparilla 8K participants.

Course Records Half Marathon:

  • Overall Male: 1:03:16, Dathan Ritzenhein 2015
  • Overall Female: 1:12:34, Jennifer Rhines 2015

Course Clocks & Mile Markers

Digital time clocks and mile markers will be positioned along the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon course at every mile.

Aid Stations

RTG-COLOR-LOGO-SQUARE-cmykRooms To Go Volunteers will greet Half Marathon participants at one Start and Finish Aid Station and 11-Course Aid Stations set one mile apart beginning at the 1.5-mile mark of the Half Marathon. Aid Stations will supply Zephyrhills Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime Flavor), that since 1978 have been the Official Bottled Water and Official Sports Drink Hydration Partner of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events.  At each Aid Station, the tables will be set-up so that participants can be offered Gatorade first and then, Zephyrhills Spring Water.

Gatorade Endurance is On-Course!

Gatorade Endurance is proud to be the Official Energy Nutrition and Hydration Partner of the Gasparilla Distance Classic.

Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the Gatorade Endurance line of products helps deliver fluids and nutrients endurance athletes need for training or racing.





On-Course Hydration:  Gatorade Endurance Formula 

Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink designed to help maintain hydration during prolonged training and racing when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant.  It contains nearly two times the sodium (200mg) and more than three times the potassium (90mg) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher to help maintain hydration and proper fluid balance and help replace the critical electrolytes lost in sweat during these occasions.

Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime) will be available every Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Aid Station.  At each Aid Station, the tables will be set-up so that participants can be offered Gatorade first and then, Zephyrhills Spring Water.


On-Course Nutrition:  Gatorade Endurance Energy Gel – Half Marathon only

Gatorade Endurance Energy Gel provides carbohydrate energy that’s easy to take down and has a smooth mouth feel. Like the entire Gatorade Endurance line, Energy Gel is made for meeting the unique fueling needs of endurance athletes.

Gatorade Endurance Energy Gel will be available at mile 5 and mile 9 of the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon.

To learn more about the Gatorade Endurance line of products, visit  Or, to purchase for training or racing, visit our online retailer,”

Medical Support

TGHIn the Finish Line Area, Tampa General Hospital will provide a fully equipped Medical Facility staffed with a team of Tampa General Hospital Emergency Room Medical Professionals. Only participants requiring medical assistance will be allowed access to the Medical Facility.Medical Staff will be ready to assist you at all times. Tampa Fire Rescue Paramedics will be stationed along the marathon and half marathon course and will be roving on motorized bicycles and golf carts.

The Medical Staff will have the right to withdraw any runners or walkers from the race who appear in distress or at risk should they continue running.


For the safety and enjoyment of all event participants, the course(s) are restricted to registered runners and walkers and official race personnel ONLY.

No dogs, no strollers, no baby joggers, no bikes, no in-line skates, no roller skates and no wheeled vehicles will be allowed on-course.

Violators will be disqualified and removed from the course by a Race Official.

For the safety of all, in accordance with RRCA Guidelines (Road Runners Clubs of America) the use of headphones is discouraged.