FEBRUARY 24 – 25, 2024
2024 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
2024 Michelob Ultra Challenge
If you’re up for a challenge, don’t miss the chance to test your endurance and participate in the 2024 Michelob Ultra Challenge, which consists of running the 15K & 5K on Saturday and Sunday, the Half Marathon & 8K…30+ miles over two days!
In addition to the individual event Runner Premiums (15K Shirt, 5K Shirt, Half Marathon Shirt, 8K Shirt, 15K Finishers Medal, 5K Finishers Medal, Half Marathon Finishers Medal & 8K Finishers Medal, 15K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, 5K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, Half Marathon Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, 8K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, a ‘Goody Goody’ Virtual Goody Bag & one PGDC Branded Publix Reusable Shopping Bag), registered Michelob Ultra Challenge participants will also receive a Michelob Ultra Challenge Jacket.
Those runners and walkers who complete the Michelob Ultra Challenge by participating in and crossing the Finish Lines of all four events will receive a HUGE Michelob Ultra Challenge Finisher’s Medal and a Michelob Ultra Challenge Finisher’s Certificate.
ATTENTION MICHELOB ULTRA CHALLENGE WALKERS! Walkers are welcome in the Michelob Ultra Challenge. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained in the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K. Please visit the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Runner Info pages for event-specific Walker Information.
Challenge Seeded Start Access
Challenge (15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K) Seeded Start Access is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Access for Challenge participants will be based on 15K Seeded Start Requirements. For Seeded Start Access, you must upload your past race results during online registration.
The following are the Finish Times required for Challenge Seeded Start Access (please note that the listed Finish Times are ONLY for those who are requesting a Michelob Ultra Challenge Seeded Number):
Finish Time Requirements for Seeded Men’s Entry:
Half Marathon – 1:30:00 or less
15K – 1-hour or less
10K – 40-minutes or less
Finish Time Requirements for Seeded Women’s Entry:
Half Marathon – 1:45:00 or less
15K – 1:15:00 or less
10K – 50-minutes or less
Michelob Ultra Challenge Entry Fees
The prices below do not include a service fee charged by our registration partner.
May 1 – 31, 2023
June 1 – September 30, 2023
October 1 –
November 30, 2023
December 1, 2023 –
January 12, 2024
January 13 – February 18, 2024
Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in the Michelob Ultra Challenge.
Participants who register online and provide a valid email address will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email on or before Monday, February 19, 2024. 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 2024 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 a 2024 PGDC By-Mail Form-Fillable Registration Form.
The PGDC Registration Form must be opened in Adobe Reader for the form-fillable feature. Once opened, click on each field, fill in, and 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 on or before Monday, February 19, 2024. 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 12, 2024. If available, Late Online Registration for the Michelob Ultra Challenge will close on Sunday, February 18, 2024, or when the Michelob Ultra Challenge Sells Out! There will be no Race Weekend Late Registration for the 2024 Challenges!!!
PLEASE NOTE: Runners and walkers participating in the 2024 Michelob Ultra Challenge must complete the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon in under 3 hours and allow enough time to make it to the Official Start of the Publix Gasparilla 8K. The Publix Gasparilla 8K Wave Starts will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. Once the Walker Wave Start Area is cleared at approximately 9:40 a.m., the Start will be closed. Once the Start is Officially closed, the timing mats will be pulled and runners/walkers arriving late will not be allowed on the course.
Standard – (Name and Chip Time) $20 per medal
Custom – (Name, Chip Time, and up to 20 Custom Characters) $30 per medal
Finish Line Engravers
Celebrate your perseverance and pride with the help of Finish Line Engravers by personalizing your 2024 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 Runner Revive Area on the Platt Street Bridge and they will engrave it on the spot! When making your purchase, please designate the number you wish to engrave.
ASICS Runkeeper is the official 2024 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic training app
Are you signed up to run but need help figuring out where to start for training? The ASICS Runkeeper app offers the support you need ahead of race day. ASICS will provide free access to the Runkeeper Go™ premium experience as part of your registration. The app features training plans and guided workouts led by ASICS running coaches. Additionally, users can easily set goals, train, and track their progress in the build-up to the event. Put the worries of training aside and focus on the fun part of reaching your finish line!
Packet Pick Up
Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 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 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 24, 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.
Complete (but not Official) 2024 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Results will be featured in a Special Race Results Section in the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
In addition to the Tampa Bay Times, PGDC Race Results Special Section that’s included in the Wednesday, March 1st Edition of the newspaper, 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 $9.95.
This special purchase includes postage, packaging, handling, the Wednesday, March 1st Edition of the Tampa Bay Times and the 2024 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section that will offer Race Weekend Coverage, Race Photos, AND complete (but not official) PGDC 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Age Group Results.
To purchase the 2024 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Package, register online or by mail. Already registered, please utilize the 2024 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Order Form.