FEBRUARY 25 – 26, 2023
2023 PGDC 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 2023 PGDC Race Weekend Event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023
PUBLIX GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC 8K
Publix Gasparilla Rolling 8K Start:
Bayshore Blvd. & Verne St. Start: 9:15 a.m.
9:15 a.m. 8K
START: Bayshore Boulevard & Verne Street
Please access the Start lines from the rear and by utilizing the Platt Street Bridge; adjacent to the Franklin Street Entrance of the Tampa Convention Center.
Seeded men & women ONLY will access the 8K starts from the front and should utilize the seeded/elite entrance located adjacent to the start platform on the north side of Bayshore Boulevard.
8K Seeded Start Access
8K Seeded Start Access is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the 8K 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 8K Seeded Start Access:
- 15k – 1-hour or less
- 10k – 40-minutes or less
- 5k – 20 minutes or less
- 15k – 1:15:00 or less
- 10k – 50-minutes or less
- 5k – 20 minutes or less
PLEASE NOTE: The 2023 Publix Gasparilla 8K will start promptly at 9:15 am. Once the Start Area is cleared at approximately 9:25 am, the Start will be closed and the timing mats will be pulled. Runners/Walkers arriving late will not be allowed on the course.
Runners and walkers participating in the Michelob Ultra Challenge must complete the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon in under 2:55 and allow enough time to make it to the Official Start of the Publix Gasparilla 8K.
All 2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K 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 Half Marathon 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 13, 2023, WILL NOT be processed until Race Weekend and during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo. If available, 8K Weekend Late Registration Fees Will Apply
ATTENTION 8K Walkers!
Walkers are welcome in the Publix Gasparilla 8K. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained. Those not able to complete the 8K by 10:45 a.m. (1:30) will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk until Swann Avenue, at which time, they will be moved back onto the road for the remainder of their 8K.
8K Entry Fees
May 1 – 31, 2022
June 1 – Oct. 31, 2022
Nov. 1, 2022 –
Jan. 13, 2023
Jan. 14 – Feb. 19, 2023
(or until 8K Sells Out)
Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in ANY of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events.
If available, online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 19, 2023, but beginning Saturday, January 14, 2023, the cost of 8K registration will be according to the Online Late Registration Fees ($55 – 8K).
Participants that register online will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email no earlier than Monday, February 20, 2023. This confirmation will be in addition to the confirmation received from Active 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. You MUST rejoin the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic E-Blast Database. To rejoin, Click Here.
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 download and complete a 2023 PGDC By-Mail Form-Fillable Registration Form
For the form-fillable feature, PGDC Registration Form must be downloaded and opened in Adobe Reader. Once opened, please click on each field, provide the requested information and then, print for signing, enclose Entry Fee Payment (including $3 Processing Fee), and mail 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 earlier than Monday, February 20, 2023. Confirmation will include each participant’s assigned Race Number, Name, Address, Race Entered, and Age.
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.
Publix Gasparilla 8K Shirt & Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo that will be held at the Tampa Convention Center – East Hall on Friday, February 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (following Start of 5K) and until 3 p.m.
For late out-of-town arrivals ONLY, there will be very limited Packet Pick-Up on Race Day, Sunday, February 26. Requests for Race Day Packet Pick-up must be made in writing and no later than Sunday, February 5, 2023.
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.