FEBRUARY 25 – 26, 2023


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.

START TIMES • Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023


Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Rolling Start: Platt St. & Bayshore Blvd. Start: 6 a.m.


6:00 a.m. Half Marathon

START: Platt Street and Bayshore Blvd.

2023 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Start Staging will be based on the registered participant’s Projected Finish Time that was provided with registration.

There will be two Start Staging Areas:

2-Hours & Under

Staging will take place on Little Bayshore Boulevard between Platt Street and Brorein Street.  Runners assigned to 2-Hours & Under Wave should enter the Staging Area through barricade breaks that will be located on either side of Little Bayshore Boulevard.

From the north/Tampa Convention Center & Downtown Tampa, 2- Hours & Under runners will be directed to Little Bayshore Boulevard Staging by utilizing the NW sidewalk of the Platt Street/Channelside Bridge. Once over the bridge, runners will enter the staging area through Barricade Breaks on either side of Little Bayshore Boulevard.

From the south, 2- Hours & Under runners will be directed across Platt Street to Barricade Breaks on the south side/Publix Super Markets side of Little Bayshore Boulevard.

2+ Hours

Staging will take place on Platt Street/Platt Street Bridge.  Runners assigned to 2+ Hours Wave should enter the Staging Area from the rear.  The entrance will be located on Platt/Channelside at the north end of the Platt Street Bridge.

From the north/Tampa Convention Center & Downtown Tampa, runners will be directed to the Platt Street Bridge and secured Staging Area.

From the south, runners will be directed north on the Platt Street Bridge sidewalks to access the 2+ Staging Area from the rear.

Half Marathon Seeded Start Access

Half Marathon Seeded Start Access is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the Half Marathon 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 Half Marathon Seeded Start Access:

Finish Time Requirements for Men:

  • Half Marathon – 1:30:00 or less
  • 15K – 1-hour or less
  • 10K – 40-minutes or less
Finish Time Requirements for Women:

  • Half Marathon – 1:45:00 or less
  • 15K – 1:15:00 or less
  • 10K – 50-minutes or less


Walkers are welcome in the 2023 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained for the first five miles (Davis Islands portion of the course). Those not able to complete the first five miles by 7:20 a.m. (1:20) will be moved to the Davis Islands sidewalk until they reach Bayshore Blvd., at which time, they will be moved back onto the road for the remainder of their Half Marathon.

Those not able to complete miles 5 – 11 and reach Bay To Bay Boulevard by 9:00 a.m. (3:00), will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk until Bay to Bay, at which time, they will be allowed back onto Bayshore Boulevard. These participants will be sharing the road with the Publix Gasparilla 8K participant.

Half Marathon Entry Fees


May 1 -31, 2022


June 1 –

October 31, 2022


Nov. 1, 2021 –
Jan. 13, 2023


Jan. 14 – Feb. 19, 2023
(or until 15K Sells Out)


Race Weekend
Late Registration
(if available)

Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in ANY of the 2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Race Weekend Events.

If available, online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 19, 2023, but beginning Saturday, January 14, 2023, the cost of Half Marathon registration will be according to the Online Late Registration Fees.

Participants that register online and provide a valid email address will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email on or before Monday, February 20, 2023.  This confirmation will be in addition to the confirmation received from Race Roster 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 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations by mail must be postmarked by January 13, 2023. 

2023 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Presale

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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.
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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.
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Packet Pick Up

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K Race Packet, T-shirt, and Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the ASC Action News Health & Fitness Expo, presented by Tampa General Hospital being 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 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.

Race Number Pick-up Authorization Form

   Runner Premiums

Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon participants that PRE-REGISTER by FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023 will be guaranteed an Official 2023 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Long Sleeve Gender Specific Performance Shirt**, a PGDC ‘Goody Goody’ Virtual Race Bag, a PGDC branded Publix Reusable Booty Bag and for those that cross the Finish Line, Post-Race Food & Beverages, a complimentary 12-ounce Michelob Ultra (must be 21-years of age or older), an awesome 2023 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Finishers’ Medal and a personalized Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration).

2022 PGDC Gender-Specific Sizing Chart

** Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon participants that register online after January 13, 2023, or wait to register during Race Weekend Late Registration (if available), will not be guaranteed a gender-specific performance-wicking shirt and/or the correct sized shirt.

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. 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

2023 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Order Form

   Columbia Restaurant’s “1905” Runner Revive Area – The Columbia Restaurant, based in Tampa’s Ybor City and family-owned and operated since 1905, will greet all 2023 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Finishers with a sampling of their signature Spanish-Cuban family recipes.

 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.)

The Team will also offer Pre- Race Massage during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo on both Fri. and Sat. during Expo Hours.

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. Much like the ChampionChip Timing System when it was introduced, the ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing System will dramatically improve overall efficiency and the participant’s experience.

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. That’s all there is to it.

In preparation for the Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results, transponder pads at the Start, Finish, and along the race course will record the participant’s time. Post-Race, each participant will receive both their Start Time and Chip Time, as well as any splits that were recorded.

PLEASE NOTE – If you intend to run the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon AND Publix Gasparilla 8K on Sunday, February 26, 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 Half Marathon Race Number AND an 8K Race Number.

When running the Half Marathon, you MUST wear your assigned Half Marathon Race Number ONLY.  Do not wear or carry your 8K Race Number during your Half Marathon.  Before starting the 8K, YOU MUST remove your Half Marathon Race Number and replace it with the 8K Race Number.

Because of the sensitivity of the Chrono Track Timing Device, wearing or carrying your 8K Race Number during the Half Marathon OR wearing or carrying your Half Marathon Race Number during the 8K could impact your Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results.