FEBRUARY 25 – 26, 2023
2023 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Although the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association (GDCA) has instituted practices to lessen or reduce the spread of COVID-19, the GDCA cannot guarantee you will not get exposed to the virus or get sick as a result of attending one of the GDCA events. By attending or participating in a 2022 PGDC Race Weekend Event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023
15K Start: Brorein St. & Franklin St.
In 2023, the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K will feature two rolling Wave Starts. Each Wave will feature four corrals of 500. Wave #1 will Start at 6:45 a.m. and Wave #2 at 6:55 a.m. As a corral clears the Start Line, the next corral will be immediately walked forward to the Start Line. On Race Morning, once a corral reaches capacity at 500, the corral will close and latecomers will be directed to an open corral. Race Numbers will be assigned according to each participant’s Projected Finish Time (90 minutes & Under or 91 minutes & Over) that was provided at the time of registration.
(Push Rim Only)
Brorein Street & Franklin Street
Wheelchair participants and seeded athletes ONLY can access the 15K Start from the front by utilizing the Wheelchair/Elite Entrance located adjacent to the Start Platform. All other Participants must enter the start from the rear, utilizing the barricade breaks on either side of Brorein Street.
Seeded & Wave Start #1
(90 minutes & under)
Brorein Street & Franklin Street
SEEDED MEN & WOMEN ONLY WILL ACCESS THE 15K START FROM THE FRONT AND SHOULD UTILIZE THE SEEDED/ELITE ENTRANCE LOCATED AT BROREIN STREET & FRANKLIN STREET.
15K Seeded Start Access: is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the 15K Seeded Start Area, a written results verification is required and must be presented BY-MAIL with a completed entry form and payment.
Finish Times required for 15K Seeded Start Access:
• Half Marathon – 1:30:00 or less
• 15K – 1-hour or less
• 10K – 40-minutes or less
• Half Marathon – 1:45:00 or less
• 15K – 1:15:00 or less
• 10K – 50-minutes or less
(91 minutes & over)
Brorein Street & Franklin Street
All Open 15K registered participants will stage on Brorein Street behind the 15K Seeded Start Area.
15K registered participants should enter from the barricade breaks on both sides of Brorein.
The barricade breaks will be according to Projected Finish Times; Projected Finish Time signage will be posted.
PLEASE, for the safety and enjoyment of all, line up according to your Projected Finish Time.
Walkers are welcome in the 15K. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained. Those not able to complete 7-miles and reach Howard Avenue by 9:00 a.m. (2:15), will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk until Rome Avenue, at which time, they will be allowed back onto Bayshore Boulevard for the remainder of their 15K. These participants will be sharing the road with the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K participants.
May 1 – 31, 2022
June 1 – October 21, 2022
Nov. 1, 2022 –
Jan. 13, 2023
Jan. 14 – Feb. 19, 2023
(or until 15K Sells Out)
Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in ANY of the 2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events.
Participants that register online and provide a correct email address will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email no later than Monday, February 20, 2023. This confirmation will be in addition to the confirmation received from Race Roster Networks 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,
Mail-In Offline Registration Fees:
Please note that due to the administrative costs associated with processing Offline 2023 PGDC Registrations, a $3 Processing Fee must be added to the Total Registration Amount Due – if payment does not reflect the additional $3 Processing Fee, the entry form and payment will be returned.
To register by mail, please complete this 2023 PGDC By-Mail Form-Fillable Registration Form
For the 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 the Entry Fee Payment and mail it to the following address: GDCA • P.O. Box 1881 • Tampa, FL 33601-1881
Registered participants who provide a correct and legible email address will receive a Registration Confirmation via email no later than Monday, February 20, 2023. Confirmation will include each participant’s assigned Race Number, Name, Address, Race Entered, and Age.
PLEASE NOTE: Registrations by mail must be postmarked by January 13, 2023.
All 2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K 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.
All Mail-in 2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Race Applications must be postmarked by January 13, 2023.
LATE ONLINE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2023.
Entry forms received postmarked after January 14, 2023, WILL NOT be processed until Race Weekend and during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo. If available, 15K Race Weekend Late Registration Fees Will Apply.
Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants will receive an Official 2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Gender-Specific Performance Wicking Race Shirt**, a 2023 PGDC ‘Goody Goody’ Virtual Race Bag, a 2023 PGDC Branded Publix Reusable Shopping Bag, and for those that cross the Finish Line, a 2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Finisher’s Medal, Post-Race Food & Beverages, a complimentary 12-ounce Michelob Ultra (21-yrs & Over) and a personalized PGDC 15K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration).
**Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants that register online after January 13, 2023, 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.
Finish Line Engravers
Celebrate your perseverance and pride with the help of Finish Line Engravers by personalizing your 2023 PGDC Finisher Medal (including multiple events and Challenges) with your name and net finish time. After you complete your race(s), simply bring your medal(s) to Finish Line Engravers Booth at the Q105 Post Race Celebration in Tony Jannus Park and they will engrave it on the spot! When making your purchase, please designate the number you wish to engrave at $20 per medal.
Runcoach Online Training: Create A Custom Program For You
Runners who train with the Runcoach improve finishing times by an average of 7%. Visit Runcoach to create your free training program. 14-day Coaching trial included.
See your name in a special section in the Tampa Bay Times recognizing that you ran the 2023 PGDC! Select this option and a copy of the printed section will be mailed to your home for only $9.95. This section will publish on Wed., March 1, 2023, and is the perfect memento for all registered participants. For local registered participants, the 2023 PGDC/TBT Special Section will only be available in Single Copy Sales of the Tampa Bay Times on Wed., March 1, 2023.
To purchase the 2023 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Package, register online or by mail. Already registered, please utilize the
Pre & Post-Race Massage! The 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 ($15), and following the Half Marathon & 8K on Sun., 20-minute massages ($25). Pre-paying for massage is available through online registration ONLY at www.RunGasparilla.com. (This rate applies to pre-paid massages only. The Race Day rate will be slightly higher.)
2023 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 – East Hall on Friday, February 24th, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 25th, beginning at 6:00 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 2023, 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 bib/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 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, stop to pose for pirate-y photos at the Marathon-Photo Booth, and then head to the Q105 Post-Race Celebration!
PLEASE NOTE – If you intend to run the 15K AND 5K on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 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.