Sunday, February 22, 2015
6:00a.m. Half Marathon Start
Start - Platt St. & Bayshore Boulevard
2015 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Start Staging will be based on the registered participant’s Projected Finish Time that was provided with registration. There will be two Start Staging Areas:
Seeded men & women (green/yellow) only will access the Half Marathon starts from the front and should utilize the seeded/elite entrance located adjacent to the start platform on the north side of Platt Street.
For access to the Half Marathon Seeded Start Area, a written results verification is required that one of the following has been accomplished:
Seeded Number Requirements for Men:
Seeded Number Requirements for Women:
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.
As of today, the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events that will take place this Saturday and Sunday mornings, have a record number of entries — 30,300. In 2014, participation numbers totaled 29,912.
As a result, the 15K, 8K and Half Marathon are Sold Out. Just under 1,000 5K entries still remain for the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K Run, 5K Walk and 5K Stroller Roll.
These remaining 5K entries will go on sale when the event’s 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo opens Friday at 10 a.m. in the East Hall of the Tampa Convention Center. 5K Late Entry Fees will be $40 and will only be available until 8 p.m. on Friday evening. There will be no Race Day Registration on Saturday, February 21.
Online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 15, 2015, but beginning Saturday, January 10, 2015, the cost of Half Marathon registration will be according to the Late Registration Online Registration Fees ($95 – Half Marathon).
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Race Day registration for the 2015 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon.
Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Shirt & Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo being held in the Tampa Convention Center – East Hall on Friday, February 20, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 21, 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 15, 2015. To request Race Day Packet Pick-up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 2015, race participants will be timed utilizing the ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing System, developed and designed with RFID – radio frequency identification. Much like the ChampionChip Timing System when it was introduced, the ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing System will dramatically improve overall efficiency and the participant’s experience.
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. That’s all there is to it. The runner will not be required to affix the Timing Tag to their shoe.
In preparation for the Official Results, transponder pads at the Start, Finish and along the race course will record the participant’s time. Post-Race, each participant will receive both their Start Time and Chip Time, as well as any splits that were recorded.
PLEASE NOTE – If you intend to run the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon AND Publix Gasparilla 8K on Sunday, February 22, 2015, you must register and complete an Entry Form for both events. Unless you are running the Michelob Ultra Challenge, you will be issued a Half Marathon Race Number AND a 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 during your Half Marathon. Before starting the 8K, YOU MUST remove your Half Marathon Race Number and replace with the 8K Race Number.
Because of the sensitivity of the Chrono Track 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.