USAA Military Challenge

The 2018 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend will include an individual military competition in the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K. The USAA Military Challenge will be open to active, retired & former military personnel.  If you wish to be a participant in the USAA Military Challenge, please be sure to mark the appropriate spot either on the printed entry form or during the Online Registration process.

Individual awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Top 3 Men Overall
  • Top 3 Women Overall
  • 1st Masters Male
  • 1st Masters Female
  • 1st Grand Masters Male
  • 1st Grand Masters Female

The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association and USAA take a great deal of pride in recognizing those that currently serve or have served in the United States Military…those that chose to fight for the freedom and rights that we as citizens of the United States, enjoy.  In 2009, USAA and the Association created the USAA WARRIOR CHALLENGE AWARD, a designation that on an annual basis, is awarded to the military branch that registers the most participants combined in the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon and/or 8K.  

In 2017, 2,898 active, retired and former military personnel participated in one or more of the Race Weekend Running Events.  With 1,079 registered participants, the United States Army was the recipient of the 2017 USAA Warrior Challenge Award…the United States Air Force was close behind with 749 registered participants.  Pictured below are CENTCOM Command Sergeant Major Frank A. Grippe, GDCA President, Mark Johnson and GDCA Organizing Committee Member and retired US Army Colonel Cindy Hazel.  During the Association’s Annual Sponsor Reception on March 11 at Pepin Hospitality Centre, CSM Grippe accepted the award on behalf of the United States Army.