MAY 9, 2021



Virtual 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic (PGDC)

Hybrid Run 8K On Bayshore!

The seriousness of COVID-19 continues to weigh heavily on the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association (GDCA).  The decisions made up to this point have been based on our love for Tampa Bay and also, with a keen understanding of the passion felt by our runners and walkers for the PGDC Race Weekend.

The Center For Disease Control has recommended that before hosting a large outdoor mass gathering, the local COVID-19 Positivity Rates should be at 5% or lower for 14-consecutive days.  As of Monday, February 22, 2021, Hillsborough County’s COVID 19-Positivity Rates are as follows:

  • 7.19% – 14-Day Average
  • 7.06% – 7-Day Average

There’s no way of knowing where the rates will be in March, April, and May.  Furthermore, when making a decision as to whether or not to move forward with an in-person event, the safety, health, and well-being of our participants, volunteers, corporate partners, board and organizing committee, City of Tampa Personnel and race staff must be a priority.

Effective Monday, February 22, 2021, the 2021 PGDC Running Events will be run virtually.

The good news…with the City of Tampa’s full support, Bayshore Boulevard will be closed (Platt Street south to Gandy Boulevard) on Saturday & Sunday, May 8-9, 2021 from 5:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  **

All 2021 PGDC 15K, 5K, Half Marathon, 8K, and Michelob Ultra Challenge, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold Challenge, Bud Light Seltzer Challenge, and Stella Solstice Challenge registered participants will be invited to Run Virtually On Bayshore!

** Registered participants remaining on Bayshore Boulevard south of Bay to Bay Boulevard, at 9:45 a.m., will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk.

** Registered participants remaining on Bayshore Boulevard north of Bay to Bay Boulevard, at 11:45 a.m., will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk.

Entry Fees


June 1-31, 2020


July 1 – Oct, 31, 2020


Nov. 1, 2020 – May 2, 2021

Entry Requirements

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.

2021 PGDC Registration WILL CLOSE at midnight on Sunday, May 2, 2021, or when capacity is reached in any of the 2021 PGDC Running Events.   2021 PGDC Registration Fees will remain at the current fees through midnight on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Online Registration

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 April 15, 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.

2021 Virtual PGDC 8K Runner Premiums

2021 Virtual Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic (PGDC) 8K registered participants pre-registered by April 15, 2021, will receive an Official 2021 PGDC Personalized Race Number, a 2021 PGDC 15K Gender-Specific Performance Wicking Race Shirt**, a 2021 PGDC ‘Goody Goody’ Virtual Race Bag, a 2021 PGDC Branded Reusable Shopping Bag, a 2021 PGDC Branded Running Cap and a 2021 PGDC Finish Tape.

For those that complete, track and upload their virtual run results to the official ASICS Runkeeper Results Platform, a 2021 PGDC Finisher’s Bag, a 2021 PGDC 8K Finisher’s Medal, a 2021 PGDC Finisher’s Towel, and a personalized 2021 PGDC 8K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration). will be mailed

PLEASE NOTE:  2021 PGDC Registered Participants have two options for delivery of their 2021 PGDC Pre-Race Goodies & Post-Race PGDC Finisher Amenities:

 #1 – In-Person 2021 PGDC Packet Pick-Up

  • Take advantage of the 2021 Pre-Race and Post-Race Amenity Pick-Up during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, May 7, 2021 (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, May 8, 2021 (6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).

 #2 – Delivery of 2021 Pre & Post Race Packet Delivery Via U.S. Postal Service – $15

  • If you select Pre-Race & Post-Race Amenity Delivery via the U.S. Postal Service and register prior to April 15, 2021, your Pre-Race Amenities will be shipped to arrive no later than Friday, May 7, 2021.
  • 2021 PGDC Finisher’s Amenities – After running virtually, those that complete, track, and upload their virtual run results to the official ASICS Runkeeper Results Platform no later than Sunday, May 9, 2021, a shipment of 2021 Post-Race Finisher Amenities will begin the week of May 15, 2021.

2021 PGDC Gender-Specific Sizing Chart

**Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants that register online after April 15, 2021, will receive a Race Shirt, but will not be guaranteed a gender-specific performance wicking shirt and/or the correct sized shirt.



Purchase the 2021 Tampa Bay Times
PGDC Runners Special Section – $5

See your name in a special section in the Tampa Bay Times recognizing that you ran the 2021 PGDC! Select this option and a copy of the printed section will be mailed to your home. This section will publish on Wed., May 12 and is the perfect memento for runners who live outside the Tampa Bay area or aren’t Tampa Bay Times subscribers.

To purchase the 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Package, register online or by mail. Already registered, please utilize the form-fillable 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Special Section Order Form.

Packet Pickup

2021 PGDC 8K 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.

** Beginning at 4:30 a.m., on Saturday morning, May 8, 2021, the Race Number will be available in the Tampa Convention Center’s Ballroom.  T-Shirts & Goody Bags will not be available for pick-up until the expo opens at 6:00 a.m.

Race Number Pick-up Authorization Form