FEBRUARY 22 – 23, 2025


2025 Michelob Ultra Challenge

If you’re up for a challenge, don’t miss the chance to test your endurance and participate in the 2025 Michelob Ultra Challenge. This event consists of running the 15K and 5K on Saturday and Sunday, the Half Marathon, and the 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 Rooms to Go 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, and 8K. Please visit the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon, and 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.


March 11 – April 10, 2024


April 11- September 30, 2024


October 1 –
November 30,  2024


December 1, 2024 –

January 10, 2025


January 11 – February 16, 2025
Online Only


Race Weekend

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 17, 2025.  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 you unsubscribe from the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic E-Blast Database at any time, 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:
Due to the administrative costs associated with processing Offline 2025 PGDC Registrations, a $5 Processing Fee must be added to the Total Registration Amount Due. The entry form and payment will be returned if payment does not reflect the additional $5 Processing Fee.

To register by mail, please complete a  2025 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 it in, and print it 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 17, 2025.  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 10, 2025.  If available, Late Online Registration for the Michelob Ultra Challenge will close on Sunday, February 16, 2025, or when the Michelob Ultra Challenge Sells Out!  There will be no Race Weekend Late Registration for the 2025 Challenges!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Runners and walkers participating in the 2025 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.  The Start will be closed once the Walker Wave Start Area is cleared at approximately 9:40 a.m.  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)  $25 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 2025 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 2025 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!
FinisherPix, the Official Photographers of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic, allows you to order your photos now & save!”

You can receive the FinisherPix Photo Pack in Digital Format for a small fee. The FinisherPix Photo Pack includes ALL photos we identify of you in all digital formats (Basic digital image, Digital images with Finish Time, Digital images in certificate format.) A link to download all images will automatically be emailed when photos are available online.

Presale Pricing

15K                                                                        $19.99
5K                                                                          $14.99
Half Marathon                                                   $29.99
8K                                                                          $14.99
Michelob Ultra Challenge                               $69.99
Michelob Ultra Pure Gold Challenge           $44.99
Michelob Ultra Infusion Challenge               $29.99
Michelob Ultra Oragnic Seltzer Challenge  $24.99

Packet Pick Up

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Packet, T-shirt, and Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the ABC Action News Health & Fitness Expo, presented by Tampa General Hospital, being held at the Tampa Convention Center – East Hall on Friday, February 21, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 22, 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

  Complete (but not Official) 2025 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 26, 2025.

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, and handling, the Wednesday, March 1st Edition of the Tampa Bay Times, and the 2025 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section, which will offer Race Weekend Coverage, Race Photos, and complete (but not official) PGDC 15K, 5K, Half Marathon, and 8K Age Group Results.

To purchase the 2025 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Package, register online or by mail. Please utilize the 2025 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Order Form if registered.