May 8, 2021
2021 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
2021 PGDC 15K COVID-19 Mitigation Plan
To offer an In-Person Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has created and received the necessary approvals for a 2021 PGDC Race Weekend COVID-19 Mitigation Plan but will continue to follow the guidance of local Government and Health Officials as it relates to precautions relative to COVID-19.
Please remember, if the cancellation of an in-person 2021 PGDC Race Weekend due to COVID-19 is deemed necessary, the Association will comply and convert all events to a virtual experience.
Overall, the 2021 PGDC Race Weekend COVID-19 Mitigation Plan was designed to offer the opportunity for Gasparilla participants to run or walk the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon, or 8K in person, as safely as possible during the pandemic.
● The 2021 PGDC Race Weekend COVID-19 Mitigation Plan includes the following for the 15K:
● Reduced 15K Registration Cap – 4,000
● To protect the health and wellbeing of themselves, those around them, and their family and friends, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has established a Mandatory Face Covering/Mask/Gaiter Policy for all participants, volunteers** and staff** in the following 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend areas:
◆ Start Staging Corrals & Staging Zone
◆ Start Line Corral
■ The Race Morning Schedule calls for participants to remain in the Secure Start & Start Staging Area for no more than 45-minutes.
■ After crossing the Start Line, Face Coverings/Masks/Gaiters can be removed.
● Finish Line
◆ After crossing the Finish Line and while in the Finish Line Area, participants must wear a Face Covering/Mask/Gaiter
● Tampa Convention Center/8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo
◆ *To perform their duties throughout Race Weekend, Volunteers and Staff will be required to wear a Face Covering/Mask/Gaiter at all times, including but not limited to while in the Tampa Convention Center/Expo, All Event Venues, Start Line, Start Staging Corrals & Start Staging Zone, Aid Stations & Finish Line.
● 15K Start Location will be utilized for the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K
● Beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10 – Wave Starts of 500 will take place at 15-Minute Intervals.
● Wave Start Seeding will be based on Verified Finish Times.
◆ All participant provided Projected Finish Times will be verified on Athlinks, the largest results database in the world.
● Assigned Staggered Staging & Start Times
● 15K Secure Start & Start Staging Area
◆ Entry into the 15K Secure Start & Staging Area will be based on a participant’s assigned Staging & Start Time.
● Prior to entry into the 15K Secure Start & Start Staging Area, participants will be required to complete the COVID-19 ‘A Pirate’s Healthy Life For All’ Promise
● Prior to entry into the 15K Secure Start & Start Staging Area on Race Day, participants’ temperatures will be checked. A temperature of 100.4° F or less will be required for entry.
◆ If on Race Morning, a participant’s temperature registers above 100.4° F, they will be asked to step aside, wait five minutes, and return for another temperature check.
◆ If after three tries, the participant’s temp continues to register above 100.4° F, entry into the Secure Start & Start Staging Area will be refused.
● A Secure Start Area (30′ x 750′) will be set-up according to physical distancing guidelines including, but not limited to, Physical Distancing Street Decals, Physically Distant Participant Linear Rows separated by barricades, controlled participant forward movement to Start Line.
◆ 500-Participants Per Wave Start.
◆ 32-Participants will Start every minute
■ In 2020, 1,200 crossed the 15K Start Line in one minute.
◆ Four-Participants will Start every 7-seconds.
● Two Secure Start Staging Areas (40′ x 500′) will be set-up according to physical distancing guidelines including, but not limited to, Physical Distancing Street Markings, Physical Distancing Visual Signage, and controlled participant forward movement to Start Staging Area.
● Throughout the 2021 PGDC Race Weekend, all race staff, volunteers, and support personnel will be required to complete the COVID-19 ‘A Pirate’s Healthy Life For All’ Promise; and to access their Race Day Assignments, their temperatures will be checked. A temperature of 100.4° F or less will be required for Race Day participation.
June 1-30, 2020
July 1-Oct. 31, 2020
Nov. 1, 2020 – March 5, 2021
March 6 – May 2, 2021
(or until 15K Sells Out)
June 1-30, 2020
July 1-Oct, 31 2020
Nov. 1, 2020 –March 5, 2021
March 6 – May 2, 2021, ONLINE ONLY (or until 15K Sells Out)
All 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic participants MUST sign the Race Application Waiver. A Parent or Legal Guardian MUST sign the Race Application Waiver for participants under the age of 18.
LATE ONLINE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY, March 6, 2021.
Upon completion of your Online Registration, you will receive an email from Race Roster Networks confirming your registration.
Mail-In Offline Registration:
To register by mail, please complete this 2021 PGDC By-Mail Registration. (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: GDCA • P.O. Box 1881 • Tampa, FL 33601-1881
All Mail-in Offline 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Race Applications must be postmarked by March 5, 2021.
IMPORTANT: Due to administrative costs associated with processing Mail-in Offline PGDC Registrations, a $3 Processing Fee must be added to the Total Registration Amount Due. Registration Forms received without the $3 Processing Fee will be returned.
Click here for the 2021 PGDC By-Mail Registration Form
Race Confirmation Emails
Registered participants who provide a correct and legible email address will receive a Race Registration Confirmation via email from PGDC no later than Monday, May 3, 2021. Confirmation will include each participant’s assigned Race Number, Name, Address, Race Entered, and Age.
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.
Due to extensive logistical planning and commitments made in the race production process, we have a no refund, no deferrals, no transfer policy.
Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants pre-registered by April 7, 2021, will receive an Official 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Gender-Specific Performance Wicking Race Shirt**, a 2021 PGDC ‘Goody Goody’ Virtual Race Bag, a 2021 PGDC Branded Publix Reusable Shopping Bag, PGDC Branded Running Cap, and for those that cross the Finish Line, a 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Finisher’s Medal, Post-Race Food & Beverages, and a personalized PGDC 15K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration). 2021 PGDC Gender-Specific Sizing Chart **Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants that register online after April 4, 2021, or wait to register during Race Weekend Late Registration (if available) will receive a Race Shirt, but will not be guaranteed a gender-specific performance wicking shirt and/or the correct sized shirt.
On Monday, May 10, 2021, complete (but not Official) 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Results will be featured in the e-Newspaper version of the 2021 PGDC Special Race Results Section from www.tampabay.com, the official website for the Tampa Bay Times.
Additionally, a printed version of the 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Results in Special Section will be featured in select copies of the Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Edition of the Tampa Bay Times that can be found at local retail locations including Publix.
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 Wednesday, May 12th Edition of the Tampa Bay Times, and the 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section that will offer Race Weekend Coverage, Race Photos, AND complete (but not official) 2021 PGDC 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Age Group Results.
To purchase the 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Package, register online or by mail. Already registered, please utilize the 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Order Form fillable
2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Race Packet, T-shirt, and Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo being held at the Tampa Convention Center on Friday, May 7, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 4:30 a.m. 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 whoever WILL be picking it up for you. A downloadable version of the Authorization Form can be found below.
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 2021, 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 race number. Transponder pads at the Start Line, Mid-Way Point, and Finish Line will record the participant’s time in preparation for the Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results. Post-Race, each participant will receive both their Start Time (Gun Time) and Net Time (Timing starts when runner/walker actually crosses the 15K Start Line and ends upon crossing the 15K 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! PLEASE NOTE – If you intend to run the 15K AND 5K on Saturday, May 8, 2021, you must register and complete an Entry Form for both events. Unless you are running the Michelob Ultra Challenge you will be issued a 15K Race Number AND a 5K Race Number. When running the 15K, you MUST wear your assigned 15K Race Number ONLY. Do not wear or carry your 5K Race Number. Before starting the 5K, you MUST remove your 15K Race Number and replace it with your 5K Race Number. Because of the sensitivity of the Chrono Track Timing Device, wearing or carrying your 5K Race Number during the 15K OR wearing or carrying your 15K Race Number during the 5K could impact your Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results.