Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon General Information – 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Will Be Capped At 6,500!
2018 PGDC Registration Is Open!




Dates and Times

Sunday, February 25, 2018

6:00 a.m. Half Marathon Start
Start – Platt St. & Bayshore Boulevard

2018 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:

  • 2-Hours & Under (green):Staging will take place on Little Bayshore Boulevard between Platt Street and Brorein Street.  Runners assigned to 2-Hours & Under should enter the Staging Area through barricade breaks that will be located on either side of Little Bayshore Boulevard.
    • From the north/Tampa Convention Center & Downtown Tampa, 2- Hours & Under runners will be directed to Little Bayshore Boulevard Staging by utilizing the NW sidewalk of the Platt Street/Channelside Bridge. Once over the bridge, runners will enter the staging area through Barricade Breaks on either side of Little Bayshore Boulevard.
    • From the south, 2- Hours & Under runners will be directed across Platt Street to Barricade Breaks on south side/Publix Super Markets side of Little Bayshore Boulevard.
  • 2+ Hours (blue):  Staging will take place on Platt Street/Platt Street Bridge.  Runners assigned to 2-Hours & Under Staging should enter the Staging Area from the rear.  Entrance will be located on Platt/Channelside at the north end of the Platt Street Bridge.
    • From the north/Tampa Convention Center & Downtown Tampa, runners will be directed to the Platt Street Bridge and secured Staging Area.
    • From the south, runners will be directed north on the Platt Street Bridge sidewalks to access 2+ Staging Area from the rear.

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.

Half Marathon Seeded Start Access

Half Marathon Seeded Start Access is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the Half Marathon 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 Half Marathon Seeded Start Access:

Finish Time Requirements for Men:

  • Half Marathon – 1:30:00 or less
  • 15K – 1-hour or less
  • 10K – 40-minutes or less

Finish Time Requirements for Women:

  • Half Marathon – 1:45:00 or less
  • 15K – 1:15:00 or less
  • 10K – 50-minutes or less

ATTENTION HALF MARATHON WALKERS!  Walkers are welcome in the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon. 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.

In 2018, for safety and the enjoyment of all, A Walker Corral will be offered in the Half Marathon.  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!’

Half Marathon Entry Fees
  • $75 – May 1-31, 2017
  • $85 – June 1, 2017- October 6, 2017
  • $95 – October 7, 2017 – January 12, 2018
  • $105 – ONLINE ONLY January 13 – February 18, 2018 (or until Half Marathon Sells Out)
  • $115 – Friday & Saturday, February 23-24, 2018:  Expo Late Registration (if available)
    • There will be NO Race Day Registration for the 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon

Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in ANY of the 2018 Publix Gasparilla Distance Race Weekend Events.

2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Deferrals (to 2019) will be allowed on a limited basis and according to the following Deferral Fee Schedule:

  • $25 – Prior To January 21, 2018
  • $35 – January 22, 2018 – February 18, 2018

To receive a 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Deferral Form and Deferral Fee payment information, please send an email to:

Register Now!

If available, online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 18, 2018, but beginning Saturday, January 13, 2018, the cost of Half Marathon registration will be according to the Online Late Registration Fees ($105 – Half Marathon).

Participants that register online and provide a valid email address 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:

P.O. Box 1881
Tampa , Fl. 33601-1881


PLEASE NOTE: Registrations by mail must be postmarked by January 12, 2018.
Runner Premiums

Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon participants that PRE-REGISTER by SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 will be guaranteed an Official 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Long Sleeve Gender Specific Performance Shirt**, a Virtual Race Bag, a PGDC branded Publix Reusable Booty Bag and for those that cross the Finish Line, Post-Race Food & Beverages, a complimentary 12-ounce Michelob Ultra (must be 21-years of age or older), an awesome 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Finishers’ Medal and a personalized Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration).

Complete (but not Official) 2018 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Results will be featured in a Special Race Results Section in the Tampa Bay Times on Monday, February 26, 2018.

New In 2018 – In addition to the Tampa Bay Times PGDC Race Results Special Section that’s included in the Monday, February 26th Edition of the newspaper, for those folks that live out of the Tampa Bay Area or aren’t Tampa Bay Times subscribers, the TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section will be available (and mailed to your home) for $5.

This special purchase includes postage, packaging, handling, the Monday, February 26th Edition of the Tampa Bay Times and the 2018 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section that will offer Race Weekend Coverage, Race Photos AND complete (but not official) PGDC 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Age Group Results.

To purchase the 2018 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Package, register online or by-mail. Already registered, please utilize the 2018 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Order Form

** Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon participants that register online after January 21, 2018, or wait to register during Race Weekend Late Registration (if available), will not be guaranteed a gender specific performance wicking shirt and/or the correct sized shirt.

ColumbiaColumbia Restaurants “1905” Runner Revive Area – The Columbia Restaurant, based in Tampa’s Ybor City and one of Florida’s Top 25 Restaurants since 1967, will greet all 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Finishers with their signature ‘1905’ Salad, paella, black beans, yellow rice and Cuban Bread.

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

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.

Race Number Pick-Up Authorization Form

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 2018, 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 Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend 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 25, 2018, 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 Bib Number AND a 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 during your Half Marathon.  Before starting the 8K, YOU MUST remove your Half Marathon Bib Number and replace with the 8K Bib Number.

Because of the sensitivity of the Chrono Track 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.